08/21/2007 04:51 AMRuby The KnishmanPage 2 of 22http://www.angelfire.com/co/cascole/ruby.html
hang out by his wagon. He would giveus free salt as a substitute. He let manyrun a tab with him. He never turnedanyone away. I never forgot thisattitude of his, and is the reason Ispend time dedicating a web page tohim.- The tin cup of salt (in the picture) looked about 100 years old. It also looked like a bullet had dented it atsome point.- The knish wagon was also legendary. It looked older than the tin cup of salt.- The knishes were unbelievable in taste. Never been another like it, and I've had everything from Shatzkins toMrs. Stahl's, to Whitey's of Brighton Beach. There are reports that the superb taste was due to the ashes thatfell on them when Ruby smoked his cigarettes,creating a unique seasoning.- Years later, my dad and I ran into Ruby somewhere in Brooklyn. My dad flat-out asked him, "
Ruby, didyou EVER send your wife to Florida?"
Ruby laughed, and said, still in that booming voice:
"Yeah, butshe made me go with her"
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I'm ashamed to say that my parents RAN A TAB with Ruby; they had an account with the guy
".Hey, had Iknown one could run a tab, I wouldn't have had to settle for the free salt when I didn't have 12 cents.- People have since informed me that Ruby's business was not limited to Bayview Projects, Canarsie. I havebeen told that Ruby sold his knishes around Winthrop JHS, and Tilden High School also. This destroyed myimage of a man dedicated to my beloved Bayview Projects, but, heck, business is business.- "
Many years later, I met up with Ruby in Woodburne, New York. Knowing Ruby, I knew he would be up tohis old tricks. He owned and operated a knish store in town and passed himself off as Orthodox. Anything tomake a buck. There is no doubt about it, Ruby is a legend and he touched everyone's life back in Bayview
".- Several people have told me that one of Ruby's selling pitches was the following: "
GET YOUR HOT KNISHES FOR TEN CENTS, that's T--I--N, TEN!"-
There is an unconfirmed story that Ruby used to send his FATHER out selling knishes. I forget the story,something like Ruby wheeling his dad out the back of a truck, with his own knish wagon...- It was related to me that if you asked Ruby how many knishes he had left, he would say "ELEVENTEEN".-
A conversation with Ruby:
"Hey Ruby What kind of Knishes do you have?""I have Kasha or Potato.""I'll take potato."