March is Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day is March 8. We are proud to present a series of articles about some serious NYC and Brooklyn boss babes both past and present! Enjoy!
Who runs the world? GIRLS! Who runs Russ and Daughters? ALSO GIRLS! We love the story of this traditional bagel and white fish store, which is a point of interest on our Lower East Side tour, but where as most people know it for being delicious, most don’t know that it has been recognized by the Smithsonian Institute as the first business in America to be registered as ‘and Daughters’, rather than and Sons.
First opened in 1914 (around the corner on Orchard St. The East Houston St location has been in effect since 1920), Joel Russ wanted to sell the best bagels and appetizings to the densely packed neighborhood, filled with many people from Eastern Europe looking for the tastes of home, just like him. Having worked his way up from lowly street trader, he was determined that the business was a success, and in part that meant being open 7 days a week. And as soon as his 3 daughters could see over the counter, he set them to work.