Slicing and Schmoozing at Russ & Daughters

April 29, 2013 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

Nostalgia buffs tend to romanticize it, but for generations of immigrants who were forced to live in its jam-packed tenements, the Lower East Side was a place to leave as soon as possible, according to Mark Russ Federman. “Today you have hotels, bars, clubs, restaurants — it’s a vibrant place,” says Federman, who was at the Graduate Center to discuss his new book, “Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes From the House That Herring Built.” A third-generation, former owner of the venerable appetizing store, Russ & Daughters, Federman says that people are feeling nostalgic for the few iconic institutions that remain. “You’ll find pockets of the old Lower East Side — like Russ & Daughters and Katz’s — people come from all over to recapture that scene.”