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      Shed a tear, please, for everyone who patronized Zito’s Bakery which we visited earlier [ http://www.fotolog.net/ronni/?photo_id=7630004 ] on this tour. Anthony Zito sold his last loaf on Sunday morning, 30 May 2004, 80 years after the family first began providing some of the finest bread on planet earth, from this same location, to the neighborhood and to many of New York City’s finest Italian restaurants.

      On Saturday, the guys behind the counter at the pork store [ http://www.fotolog.net/ronni/?photo_id=7718925 ] told me that economics forced Zito to shut down - a combination of increased rent, skyrocketing cost of ingredients and weariness. Mr. Zito had been baking bread in the basement of the shop seven nights a week for 30 years. It may be myth, or maybe not, but the guys at the pork store also said that Anthony Zito’s mother had kept the books for the business up until the last day.

      Dieters contributed to the demise of Zito`s too. Bread sales had decreased due to the low-carb fad. Whether you believe it now or not, Atkins IS a fad and it will fade as all fads do. But too late for Mr. Anthony Zito and his carb-eating patrons. I bought six loaves on Saturday and froze five, but even those will gone eventually.

      This is a terrible loss of both an excellent, venerable product and of an historical location on Bleecker Street. I am, with my neighbors, bereft.

      NOTE ADDED 2 JUNE 2004: Don`t miss these two terrific shots from fellow fotologgers of Zito`s when it was still in business:

      http://www.fotolog.net/cbonney/?photo_id=1599008
      http://www.fotolog.net/vladsven/?pid=7703681

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      Until fotolog improves, this is a one-time post in honor of the great loss of Mr. Zito`s store. It took two or three minutes for my f/fs to load and I waited five minutes for the upload page to come up.
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Bleecker Street Series #53A
Bleecker Street Tour begins here: <A HREF="http://www.fotolog.net/ronni/?photo_id=6907957" TARGET=_top>http://www.fotolog.net/ronni/?photo_id=6907957</A>
Bleecker Street Map is here: <A HREF="http://www.fotolog.net/ronni/?photo_id=7695350" TARGET=_top>http://www.fotolog.net/ronni/?photo_id=7695350</A>

Shed a tear, please, for everyone who patronized Zito’s Bakery which we visited earlier [ <A HREF="http://www.fotolog.net/ronni/?photo_id=7630004" TARGET=_top>http://www.fotolog.net/ronni/?photo_id=7630004</A> ] on this tour. Anthony Zito sold his last loaf on Sunday morning, 30 May 2004, 80 years after the family first began providing some of the finest bread on planet earth, from this same location, to the neighborhood and to many of New York City’s finest Italian restaurants.

On Saturday, the guys behind the counter at the pork store [ <A HREF="http://www.fotolog.net/ronni/?photo_id=7718925" TARGET=_top>http://www.fotolog.net/ronni/?photo_id=7718925</A> ] told me that economics forced Zito to shut down - a combination of increased rent, skyrocketing cost of ingredients and weariness. Mr. Zito had been baking bread in the basement of the shop seven nights a week for 30 years. It may be myth, or maybe not, but the guys at the pork store also said that Anthony Zito’s mother had kept the books for the business up until the last day.

Dieters contributed to the demise of Zito`s too. Bread sales had decreased due to the low-carb fad. Whether you believe it now or not, Atkins IS a fad and it will fade as all fads do. But too late for Mr. Anthony Zito and his carb-eating patrons. I bought six loaves on Saturday and froze five, but even those will gone eventually.

This is a terrible loss of both an excellent, venerable product and of an historical location on Bleecker Street. I am, with my neighbors, bereft.

NOTE ADDED 2 JUNE 2004: Don`t miss these two terrific shots from fellow fotologgers of Zito`s when it was still in business:

<A HREF="http://www.fotolog.net/cbonney/?photo_id=1599008" TARGET=_top>http://www.fotolog.net/cbonney/?photo_id=1599008</A>
<A HREF="http://www.fotolog.net/vladsven/?pid=7703681" TARGET=_top>http://www.fotolog.net/vladsven/?pid=7703681</A>

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Until fotolog improves, this is a one-time post in honor of the great loss of Mr. Zito`s store. It took two or three minutes for my f/fs to load and I waited five minutes for the upload page to come up.





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Arto On 14/06/2004

I have always loved walking that stretch of Bleecker, with its little food shops and used record stores. Sad that this one is no longer with us.


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Sylvia On 09/06/2004

It is sad. I have ended up learning to bake bread as there is really no decent baker near ...and no decent baker left in my home town and no decent baker ...well, where are they? Are there any left? :(It was okay here yesterday, today is ... intermittant. Not bad enough for me to close the browser and give up (which is nice, I`ve spent 3 hours wandering around photographs and drinking Rioja ... it`s a rough life :) but just enough "broken images" to make me mutter. I still hold out hope.


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Tomswift46 On 05/06/2004

Its always sad when these places close. Most places the horror that is Walmart destroys mom and pop stores.


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Yolima On 05/06/2004

Ahhh, to bad. I walked passed Zito`s many a time and may have popped in to buy some bread but generally I would by the excellent bread in Hoboke, at Marie`s bakery, also an institution. You could see the bakers at work, shoving the bread into the ovens.... And a very simple store, very much like Zito`s. Glad to see you back Ronnie and sorry to hear you have such a hard time uploading, here, fotolog has been having hiccups, but nothing that drives me crazy...Hope it will improve soon.


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Hillspan On 03/06/2004

But I am glad that they are looking into whatever that one problem was ...


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Hillspan On 03/06/2004

I can`t even figure out how to cancel my gold camera. Ha! What irony.


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Vladsven On 03/06/2004

thnx for linkin` to the image that i snapped of zito`s -- (in your honor) just a few weeks ago. may the zito spirit live on!


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Zinetv On 03/06/2004

No! No! No! No! Not Zito`s!!!!!!!This is worse than going to sleep for 20 years, I was on Bleecker street just 2 weeks ago. Damn!!!


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Boogers On 02/06/2004

The active photo *is* taking a while to load right now. The service is usually fast for me, but I`m on the west coast and tend to use it at night when the east coast is asleep. So, maybe there`s a heavy load when you all use the system. I was also just thinking that I think Ronni has a cable modem and maybe it has to do with her cable service caching the pages on a local server. Probably not, but it`s a possibility.


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Hillspan On 02/06/2004

F`log is generally unusable for me most of the time. Today is ok, but still taking SO long to load the active shot. I`ve been mentioning it on discussion boards, and finally now others are speaking up about it too. It`s not just you, apathy is setting in, I think, and some of us are just too fed up to complain to deaf ears anymore.


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Airchild On 02/06/2004

This is really sad! Having just come back from Paris, I know what great daily break means! I can relate to how you feel about the loss of a great bakery!


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Ribena On 01/06/2004

we`ll figure this out... I miss you, too.


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Paulanicolay On 01/06/2004

How sad!I missed you a lot!


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Mseidman On 01/06/2004

And when the tourists stop coming (as you suggest at cbonney`s site), the t shirts will become rags and the people will reclaim the street and strengthen the sense of neighborhood and, well, power to the people, anyone?


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Ronni On 01/06/2004

ribena, ibanda - thanks for the thoughts about what might be wrong with my site. When I get a moment, I`ll try the free one and see what happens. It`s all very haphazard - sometimes it works - usually at hours when I don`t have time to be surfing and upload and then is slow as molasses when I do have time. The haphazardness is what makes it so awful - I never want to attempt because I can`t even depend that it will work. And blah, blah, blah


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