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New Film Chronicles Streit's Matzo Factory's History Ahead of Its Demolition

The LES icon will make way for a 30-unit condo building

Sometime next week, the former Streit's Matzo Factory building on the Lower East Side will be demolished to make way for a seven-story condo building with 30 apartments and ground floor retail.

In celebration of Passover and to commemorate the historic building, filmmaker Michael Levine will also release his film, Streit's Matzo and the American Dream, next week, Jeremiah's Vanishing New York reports. The documentary chronicles the history of the establishment.

In conjunction, a Lower East Side gallery, Art On A Gallery, will exhibit photographs that showcase the factory's history, and some of the old machine parts from the factory that have been kept in storage since the Lower East Side operation shuttered last year. Members of the Streit family will also be on hand for the exhibit when it opens April 14.

Other artists exhibiting their work include Joseph O. Holmes, who captured images of the factory just before it shuttered, and Judi Harvest who will be showcasing her pink gold leaf matzos that resemble Streit's Passover boxes.

Cogswell Realty purchased Streit's former building at 150 Rivington Street in January of 2015 for $31 million. Streit's has since moved operations to New Jersey.

Here's a trailer for the upcoming documentary: