History of Nom Wah
Nom Wah Tea Parlor first opened at 13-15 Doyers Street back in 1920 as a bakery and a tea parlor. For most of the 20th century, Nom Wah Tea Parlor served as a neighborhood staple offering fresh chinese pasteries, steamed buns, dim sum and tea. After it lost its lease at 15 Doyers in 1968, it moved into a brand new kitchen at 11 Doyers Street and has occupied 11-13 Doyers Street ever since. Nom Wah is most famous for its homemade lotus paste and red bean filling for moon cake during the Chinese autumn festival. It is also famous for its almond cookie. – For more see the Nom Wah Tea Parlor Website!
Louis Baunach – Prime Meats – New Sauerkraut – circa Early 1900s – Possibly Richmond Hill or Ridgewood, Queens
According to genealogy website Mocavo, A “Louis Baunach was born on September 10, 1879 and died on February, 1969 at the age of 90…. Louis’s last known place of residence was Richmond Hill, Queens County, New York.” I am not certain that this is the same Louis Baunach as in this image, which Vincenzo and I bought in a second-hand story in Fishs Eddy, NY almost two decades ago. It is also unclear as to whether or not these images were taken in Queens. Feel free to help solve this mystery.
The Sullum’s building, a 135 year fixture of downtown, is getting a serious makeover.
The building has already been stripped bare on the inside. The new owners, Stephen Smith and Michael Morris of Smith and Morris Holdings, Inc., have pulled out everything, including about a half ton of old knob and tube wiring, all the building’s plumbing, 20,000 pounds of old, moldy clothing, five pickup trucks full of useful clothes donated to area churches, and 90,000 pounds of debris.
The project, which will cost roughly $500,000 before it’s finished, brings new meaning to the word renovation, Morris says.
“We’re not bringing this building into the twentieth or twenty-first century. We’re shooting straight for the twenty-second century.” he said as he led an improptu tour through the gutted building.
By the time it’s all said and done, Morris says the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified building will have three vertical wind turbines on the roof — the first of their kind in the nation — that will provide 75 kilowatts of power to the high tech, highly efficient operations inside.
“Right now,” Morris explained, “Wayne County is largely blue collar. We want to bring some white collar, high technology jobs into the area, and we want to start training people to do those jobs right here.” – Josh Wengler, Wayne Independent.com