Wednesday, January 23, 2008

When Giants Lived (a Church Avenue Story)

At one time they both stood, proud and mighty. Just daring the next to be better, without ever throwing a punch. With clean glass and stainless steel each was an awesome giant, forever protecting their good name and block.

Their weapons were soft and sweet, and known to many throughout Kensington. Come early Sunday at the break of dawn, you could smell their proud aroma along the deserted sidewalks of Church Avenue. Tempting those who were brave enough to wait outside their locked doors until they opened, hoping the pleasure would soon be all theirs to enjoy.

Next to the Beverly stood “Ebingers” and about a block and a half down by East 3rd street stood “N.E. Tells”. These two bakeries had
to be the finest in the land, and they were all ours, right here
in Kensington.

As a kid growing up you’d sometimes argue with your best friends about which one was better. And always hoped to see either one at a Birthday party on the block. Because when it came to great cakes, they were both truly the best. And it really didn’t matter which was was better, because they were both the most wonderful bakeries
in Brooklyn.

Yeah, what a lucky bunch we were, In the days when giants roamed the land, all you’d have to do is walk up to Church Avenue and open their doors.

“Oh yes, how sweet it was”.

Ron Lopez

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Cousin Pete said...

Pretty cool - chocolate blackout cake or mocha almond cake (Ebingers) or chocolate frosted or almond raspberry or sweet onion rolls (Tell's). Mmmmmmmmm....

Anonymous said...

Ahh Tells . . . Ebinger's was gone by the time I was growing up (PS 230 class of 1984,) but no Saturday was complete without a thinly-sliced rye bread with caraway seeds from Tells (I can still hear the sound that slicing machine made . . . )

Anonymous said...

Tells ....ahhhh yes My Dad would pick up rolls every Sunday morning,The Best bakery EVER !!!

Remember the old style hanging string holders they had to tie the pastry boxs up....

Wish TELLS were still around....ummmm