GRISTEDE’S, Harlem, 1940

by Kevin Walsh

I was riffling through Municipal Archives 1940 Manhattan photos on 3rd Avenue recently (I do it so you don’t have to) when I happened upon a photo of this Gristede’s warehouse at 2098 3rd, at the NW corner of East 115th. The site is now the location of PS 57.

I was surprised Gristede’s has been around that long. Manhattan, of course, has always been blessed with a number of supermarket chains located almost exclusively on the island, from Gristede’s to Sloan’s to Food Emporium to D’Agostino. In Little Neck, we have Queens’ smallest Stop & Shop (compared to others in the chain I’ve noticed in Bayside and Port Washington, which are virtual cathedrals of food).

Gristede’s was begun by German immigrant brothers Charles and Diedrich Gristede with one store on 42nd Street and 2nd Avenue in 1891. Customers found the selection and service to their liking and the brothers were soon able to open new stores around town, and by 1948 Gristede’s had 141 locations in Manhattan, Bronx, and the northern suburbs. The company had its ups and downs and at one time or the other had partnered with both Sloan’s and Food Emporium. Today, Gristede’s is owned by John Catsimatidis, who ran for mayor a few years ago.

Check out the ForgottenBook, take a look at the gift shop, and as always, “comment…as you see fit.”



Joe Fliel November 28, 2019 - 4:12 am

FYI, 2098 3rd Avenue would have been located on the NW corner of E.115th St. 2202 3rd Avenue, occupied by Rent-A-Center, is on the NW corner of E.120th.

Kevin Walsh November 28, 2019 - 3:08 pm

Yeah I had it wrong. PS 57 is now at 3rd and 115th.

Ty November 28, 2019 - 6:34 am

I remember people saying “If Catsimatidis can’t keep his stores clean how is he going to keep the city clean.”

georgetheatheist . . November 30, 2019 - 10:27 am

How come Gristede’s uses the possessive apostrophe and Wegmans doesn’t?

georgetheatheist . . November 30, 2019 - 10:28 am

And Macy*s uses it and even creatively!

georgetheatheist . . November 30, 2019 - 10:29 am

Now I gotta go to Mo’s . . .Modell’s


Mike Davi December 6, 2019 - 12:45 pm

Walgreens doesn’t use the apostrophe either (must be a W thing).


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