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2010/01/07 23:07:32 (permalink)

Bodenstein's Bakery in the 40s or 50s

Help!  I'm trying to do a family tree using the free service from Geni.

My mother is 82 and only remembers so much.  She does remember that she had cousins by the name of Bodenstein who owned a bakery on Amsterdam St in Brooklyn, NY.

Do any of you "cough" more mature Roadfooders remember Bodenstein's?

If you do, do you remember any of the owners names?

We have no contact with these cousins at all and I have no idea where or how to connect them.

thanks!


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Re:Bodenstein's Bakery in the 40s or 50s 2010/01/08 08:30:26 (permalink)
Neither current maps nor a 1964 map list a Amsterdam St. (or Ave) in Brooklyn. There is a Amsterdam Ave in Manhattan. Bodenstein is not that common a name around here. This web page mentions a Bodenstein's Bakery in Washington Heights:
http://home.comcast.net/~idreos/HMem.htm
Amsterdam Ave does pass through Washington Heights. The George Washington Bridge is in this area.
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Re:Bodenstein's Bakery in the 40s or 50s 2010/01/08 10:06:15 (permalink)
That's closer!  I remember something about The Heights! My mother was from Brooklyn.

That was an interesting read.  Thanks!



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Re:Bodenstein's Bakery in the 40s or 50s 2010/02/20 18:45:06 (permalink)
My favorite treat during my years at West Point (1960-64) was an almond macaroon from Bodenstein's Bakery.

My grandmother lived at 576 West 183rd Street.  Each morning she visited the bakery for freshly baked breakfast rolls.

I thought that the bakery was located on St. Nicholas in Washington Heights.  I could be wrong.  

In any event, Amsterdam Avenue was close by my grandmother's brownstone.

Good luck in your search,

John Paul



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Re:Bodenstein's Bakery in the 40s or 50s 2010/02/20 20:58:56 (permalink)
Thanks, Allybamadad. That information is similar to a post by a lady in that page I referenced above. She listed four stores, including Bodenstein's, and she seems to indicate they were at 184th and St. Nicholas Ave. Amsterdam Ave. is two blocks east of St. Nicholas Avenue up there.

By the way, Google maps (maps.google.com) has a street view of your grandmother's brownstone. If you search for 580 and 576 West 183rd Street New York, NY, then click on More > Street View, it is the building with the El Brillo barber shop awning.
 
If you enter
St Nicholas Ave & W 184 St, New York, 10033
you can see how that area looks today.
post edited by David_NYC - 2010/02/20 21:04:15
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Re:Bodenstein's Bakery in the 40s or 50s 2010/02/20 21:54:16 (permalink) ☄ Helpful
While researching this, I got a lot of hits for people named Bodenstein in communities on the other side of the George Washington Bridge over in New Jersey.
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Re:Bodenstein's Bakery in the 40s or 50s 2010/02/21 00:00:55 (permalink)
You're all fantastic!  Too many Bodensteins for me to contact.

Biggest problem is that those that might possibly remember my mother's family are older than she is.

I did find oute that the brother's names were Max and Harry.

Still searching!
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Re:Bodenstein's Bakery in the 40s or 50s 2011/07/15 17:27:26 (permalink)
I am the daughter of the owner of Bodenstein Bakery. The owner's name (my father) was Emil who owned it with my Uncle Max. I have baking in my blood and have carried out many of the recipes into my kitchen over the years. The bakery was in Washington Heights, upper Manhattan.
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