Oldest Polish Bakery, Greenpoint Icon, to Move

(Photo by Wojtek Mslanka via Nowy Dziennik)

(Photo by Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik)

The rumors regarding the sale of the building that houses the oldest Polish bakery in Greenpoint have proven true. Owners of the New Warsaw Bakery are in final talks with a buyer, but insist this does not mean the end of the iconic bakery, which has operated at 866 Lorimer Street for the past 20 years. The bakery will move to a different location and continue production, they say.

It seems that yet another Polish-owned business may disappear from the panorama of the historically Polish district.

“We don’t have a sales contract signed yet. We are in the process of negotiating the terms,” said Roman Świdziński, one of the owners of the property that houses the bakery.

He said that after the sale goes through the bakery will be moved into a different location, but it’s not clear whether or not that will be in Greenpoint.

“We are still looking for a most suitable and convenient location. We would like to stay in Greenpoint, but for now we can’t say for sure,” said Świdziński.

He added that his clients and contractors need not worry as the bakery will still be in business and will remain in its regular location for at least a couple of months.

“Besides location, nothing else will change. We will continue to produce our bread and maybe we will even expand our offering,” the owner said. Roman Świdziński declined to disclose the names of individuals or companies he is in talks with regarding the sale of the building. He said however, that the future owner may want to build an apartment building on the site.

According to the information obtained by Nowy Dziennik, developers have for long been interested in the lot. It should come as no surprise as the New Warsaw Bakery is located in a very attractive place: between Greenpoint’s most popular shopping street, Manhattan Avenue, and picturesque McCarren Park.

Located at 866 Lorimer Street and 585 Manhattan Avenue, the New Warsaw Bakery has been operating since 1990. It is a family business founded by Piotr Świdziński, who died eight years ago, and is now operated by his sons Roman, Donald and Piotr Jr., and their mother Eleonora.


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