2372 Arthur Avenue

Teitel Brothers was founded in 1915. In a wonderful example of New York’s immigrant synergies, this famous Italian specialty food store was started by an Austrian Jewish family. According to family lore, one of the founding brothers, Jacob Teitel, was a Yiddish speaker who learned to speak Italian before English. There is an inlaid Star of David in the entranceway, installed during the Depression as a show of resistance against the rising tide of facism and anti-Semitism in Europe.

Photo courtesy of Bronx Little Italy.