This has amazed me. In only 100 years, the number of Jewish/Kosher New York delis have gone from 4000 to a few dozen. A few dozen, in a city with like, a billion people. Ok, more like 8 million, but still.
This leads to the inevitable question: What has happened to Delis popularity, and do Jews still actively live and eat in NYC?
I was fortunate enough a few weeks back to find myself in Manhattan, and happened to end up with a friend at a deli. Let me tell you, we brought the average age of that establishment down to about 76. Which is impressive. It seems like every ancient Jew left in the city was eating with false teeth there.
Therefore, I have come to one final conclusion. Florida is destroying New York’s deli population. Think about it. In the past, successful elderly Jewish doctors retired to the upper west side and thoroughly enjoyed their daily pastrami on rye. Now they move to Florida, where at best they can buy a stale bagel with some mediocre coffee. In America we lose our Jewish values, and sunshine > good chopped liver.
Florida, I hope you go to hell. New York delis such as Katz’s Deli are as timeless as Charlie Chaplin. It’s one of the many reasons I call New York ‘Jew York’. Don’t take that away from me.