Alfredo Thiebaud

Alfredo Thiebaud (December 13, 1939 – September 19, 2014) was the founder and president of Delicioso Coco Helado, known for its coconut flavored ices. He was born in Honduras in 1939. By the 1960s he had immigrated to the Bronx and opened the business that recreated a dessert popular in Latin America and the Caribbean. The business started in the kitchen of his  apartment. He would eventually added more flavors such as cherry and mango. Alfredo employed workers and supplied vendors with pushcarts that he built himself in his factory basement. These employees became his family, as well as the Bronx community… Read More

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Samuel Cocks, grocer, builder of Grove Court

One of my favorite places to show visitors to NYC is tiny beautiful Grove Court. First laid out in 1848, Grove Court is set off of Grove Street between Bedford and Hudson Streets in the West Village.  It is entered through an iron gate and its garden is decorated for every season. In 1848, the merchant Samuel Stryker, who had been leasing the land from Trinity Church, sold to Samuel Cocks the backyards of numbers 6 and 8 Grove Street along with all of number 10. Cocks was a partner in the law firm of Cocks & Brown, located nearby at… Read More

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Sunny Balzano, bar owner

Mr. Balzano owned Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook Brooklyn. The bar became the center of the community in the area with Sunny overseeing the activity for 2+ decades. Sunny was many things including a boxer, an aircraft mechanic, a jeweler, a spiritual pilgrim to the Far East, a classical actor, a landscape muralist, a painter leaning toward the avant-garde, a collagist, a guitarist aligned with Djangoism, and, eventually, a bartender. He became a bartender after taking over the bar in 1994 on the death of his uncle. When he took over, he decided the bar would only be open on… Read More

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