Muslim bakers save a Jewish icon

Finding real bialys, those doughy, onion-filled kissing cousins of bagels that are among Eastern European Jewry’s great gifts to New York City, becomes harder and harder. But two Muslim businessmen have rescued New York’s oldest purveyor of bialys.

After 91 years, Coney Island Bialys & Bagels went out of business in September. Enter Peerzada Shah and Zafaryab Ali: they’ve revived the shop and are using its old recipes and advice from the grandson of the shop’s founder to keep the sweet smell of baked goods and onions in the air near Ocean Parkway.

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