EBINGER REMNANT, Sunset Park

ForgottenFan Richard Schilling passes along this reveal at 5th Avenue and 60th Street, a prime spot for after-churchers looking for some dessert after Mass at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica, a massive church on a hill visible from ferries in Upper New York Bay.

Ebinger’s Bakery is spoken of in hushed, reverential tones by Brooklynites of a certain age, and since I am of a certain age, I remember its green boxes with diagonal black lines, its V-shaped counter on its 86th Street, Bay Bridge branch, and its small cakes coated on all sides by rich icing…as well as its butter cookies, drizzled with frosting that was every conceivable color in the rainbow. Of course, I always ate the ones with the most icing first. These days, you see most nostalgic references about its blackout cake or babkas, which I apparently never sampled. Ebinger’s, amazingly, went bankrupt in 1972, but was revived in a much inferior product in the mid-1980s. Its role has been supplanted…almost…in the delis and groceries by Entenmann’s.

3/8/15


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5 Responses to EBINGER REMNANT, Sunset Park

  1. butchieb says:

    Kevin, how can you forget the amazing ( to a six year old )box tying machine and bread slicer. If you bought multiple items they would tie them together and attach a wire and cardboard carry handle

  2. Larry says:

    The Ebinger plant was within a few blocks of my Junior and Senior High school….The wonderful aromas drifting out of the bakery were wonderful…They were also one of the major businesses that used Electric powered trucks years ago…..

  3. Bill Tweeddale says:

    The feature on Ebinger’s made me think of another bakery, Dugan’s, who used to make home deliveries of baked goods. I doubt that they’re still around.

  4. chris says:

    I think there was a Ebinger’s on Montague st. in the Heights but its easy to get it mixed up with
    Entenman’s.
    Maybe some long-time Heights residents can tell me which one it was,but I wont hold my breath

  5. georgedunne says:

    Hanging from the ceiling was an oval shaped string dispenser. The clerk would have to construct the cake box and tie it this red and white string.

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