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These Places Matter

Economy Candy

Streit’s Matzos, Economy Candy, The Ear Inn, Chinatown Senior Citizens’ Center, The Bowery Mission and the Tenement at 109 Washington Street—all long-time Lower Manhattan staples and now winners of the 2011 Place Matters Awards. The honors are awarded annually by Place Matters, a joint project of MAS and City Lore, to celebrate the historically and culturally significant places that make New York, New York. The awardees are drawn from the Census of Places that Matter, a publicly generated survey of the special places where we live, work and play. Read more about this year’s honorees below.

Streit’s Matzos – 148-154 Rivington Street

The oldest family-run matzo manufacturing company in the United States and one of the last remaining light industrial concerns in Lower Manhattan.

The Bowery Mission – 227 Bowery

One of the earliest instances of a proselytizing “gospel rescue mission.” It provides food, shelter and clothing to men in need.

Tenement at 109 Washington Street – 109 Washington Street

One of the last architectural remnants of a thriving and diverse immigrant enclave, once home to the City’s largest Middle Eastern community.

Economy Candy – 108 Rivington Street

Since 1937, the Lower East Side emporium has been a pilgrimage site for those seeking confections of every make and model from its overflowing displays.

Chinatown Senior Citizens’ Center – 70 Mulberry Street

Every day, 300 to 400 people come to the popular center to socialize and enjoy Cantonese opera, reading and writing poetry, and playing tile games.

The Ear Inn (The James Brown House) – 326 Spring Street

Built in 1817 for African-American James Brown, a Revolutionary War soldier, it has been a bar for over 150 years. It remains “homey, funky and unpretentious.”