Thursday, December 4, 2008

When Giants Lived in Kensington

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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Anonymous said...

Hey Ron,

Mmm,the famous Ebinger's blackout cake, awesome with a cold glass of milk. I remember it well. Living closer to Ditmas Ave and going to St. Rose I usually went to a small bakery on the way home from church on Sundays on Ditmas bet. E 5th and O.P. Donuts and cheese danishes and the Sunday Daily News with the huge color comics section. I don't think those great bakeries exist outside of Bensonhurst and Staten Island anymore really. It's sad. I can barely find a cannoli out in NJ. We were lucky indeed.

Joe, former E 5th st guy

Anonymous said...

I would have to remain partial to Tell's bakery. The owners son Barry was in my class in PS 179, and he would bring in hugh cream puffs for the whole class. It was great! And who could deny that Tell's had the BEST rye bread on the face of the earth! Even today, every time I bite into a piece of rye bread, I use Tell's as a bench mark. I will never forget it.

Paul McNally