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Historic NYC Bakery Closing Its Doors After 116 Years

What to Know

  • Glaser's Bake Shop is closing permanently around 3 p.m. on Sunday
  • The Upper East Side bakery served pastries to three generations of New Yorkers
  • The third generation of bakers plans to retire

An Upper East Side staple is closing its doors on Sunday. 

Glaser's Bake Shop will permanently shutter around 3 p.m., after 116 years of serving up pastries to three generations of New Yorkers, it said in a Facebook post. The third generation of bakers planned to retire. 

In 1902, John Herbert Glaser's bakery and workshop was open 24/7 and producing bread around the clock. Later on, the family began to incorporate a variety of sweets into the menu. 

A step into Glaser's on First Avenue near 87th Street is a reminder of an older era when family-owned New York City businesses were plenty, instead of few and far between. 

"We would like to thank our loyal customers for their patronage and of course thank you for having us as a part of your celebrations since 1902," the family said in the post. "We wish everyone lots of love, and happiness in the future to come."

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