VANISHED: 2005...or maybe 2004
photo credit: michael frucht
Since 1935, Mrs. Stahl's served knishes under the El at the corner of Coney Island Ave and Brighton Beach. It's been awhile since I was last there and I went in search of it today. I asked a couple of older Jewish ladies if they knew where I could find it.
"Oh, Mrs. Stahl's," said one wistfully, "I've been taking her since I was a little girl."
"It's gone," said the second lady, "It closed two years ago."
"No, it was three years ago."
"Was it three? Well, it's a Blimpie now."
"It's not a Blimpie. It's a Subway."
"Blimpie, Subway," the second lady shrugged, waving her cigarette, "What's the difference?"