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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-12-12

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LONGING

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Jones Beach, close to the city; the ice
skating at. Rockefeller Center; or just
plain sidewalk shopping.
"I miss the sidewalks; I could take
a short walk to shul in Brooklyn.
And you can still see kids playing
stickball in the streets there."
Married for 55 years, former New
Yorkers Lynn and Jack Rubenstein
moved to West Bloomfield only five
years ago, to be closer to their daughter
and three grandchildren. Their fondest
memory of New York City is spending
the day "just walking around to stores,
the theater and having lunch."
"There's just no place to take walks
around here," said Lynn, a retired
speech pathologist. "Michigan is a
pretty state and there are some nice
events to attend --- like the Kirov
Ballet at the Detroit Opera House ---
but Manhattan is more fun; there's
more to do." A retired businessman,
Jack misses the Broadway theaters,
the many museums and the knishes
and hot dogs from the street vendors.
Arlene Singer of Farmington Hills
recalls "going on dates without a car
— because you don't need a car in
New York — and sitting in open
cafes and attending the great stage
shows at Radio City Music -Hall. A
retired store manager, she and her
husband, Sheldon, a lawyer, came to
the Detroit area from New York 27
years ago.
"My father loved to shop, and I have
fond memories of him taking me shop-

ping on Orchard and Delaney streets
on the Lower East Side," she said.
"There were knishes, smoked fish, pick-
led lox and kugel on the streets, or you
could eat breakfast at Ratner's Dairy
Restaurant or Katz's Delicatessen. And I
still miss the subways and mass transit
systems in general."
But Bill Hellman of Commerce
has an entirely different viewpoint.
He and his wife, Phyllis, moved from
New York to Oak Park, then
Southfield, in the 1960s for business
reasons — and he really doesn't miss
a thing about his former home.
"For one thing, my family always
had apartments in New York, and I
never lived in a house until I came
here," he said The Broadway shows
aren't as good-as they used to be
there are a lot of museums, but most
people are too busy to visit them; the
schools aren't as good as they are here;
for many years, the subways were
dangerous and dirty; and every little
sandwich costs $10 in New York.
There are a plethora of good places to
eat here, like the Bread Basket Deli."
Phyllis misses the "hustle and bus
de' of New York City, but "I've got-
ten used to it here," she said, nam-
ing favorite restaurants like the Lark
and Tribute.
She points out that Mayor Rudy
Giuliani did a magnificent job of
cleaning up the city and making it
safer, but she says, the high cost of
living has turned New York into
more of a place for single people or
young married couples.
"I now like New York as a
tourist," she added, but I wouldn't
want to live there anymore." ❑

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