Edelstein Bros., 233 E. 14th St. between 2nd & 3rd Aves. (2002)

The Edelstein Bros., pawnbrokers, moved to this building on East 14th St. in 1945. Previously they were located on 1st Ave. near 15th St. The brothers were Isaac Edelstein (1876-?) and Max Edelstein (1893-1974). They inherited their pawnshop business from their father Simon Edelstein (1854-?), an immigrant from Russia in 1875. Simon Edelstein is listed in the US Census of 1900 living at 81 Borden Ave., Long Island City, Queens, with his wife Toba and the 7 living children born to the couple. Among the children are Isaac, age 25, and Max, age 6. Both brothers registered for the World War I draft while employed by their father in the family pawnshop at 252 1st Ave. Max registered in 1917, Isaac in 1918.

A third brother, Goodman Edelstein (1880-?) opened his own pawnshop, G. Edelstein & Co., on 3rd Ave. near 145th St. in the Bronx.

Edelstein Bros. remained at this location on 14th St. until 1981.

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