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Life Above Business – The New York Times

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In 1950, Michael and Menina Anagnostou bought a five-story tenement on Ninth Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen for Poseidon Greek Bakery, a business founded by Michael’s father Demetrios in 1923 and long celebrated for its baklava, spanakopita, tiropita (cheese-filled phyllo triangles), among other treats. Michael, Menina and Menina’s three children from a previous marriage lived on the third floor and served as landlords to several tenants.

In 1960, Michael’s stepson Anthony Fable married Lili Cornella, and the newlyweds settled in an apartment on the second floor.

A few years later, when the last of the tenants left the building, the family was allowed to split up. Mrs. Fable, now a widow, has the second and third floors. Her son Paul, the only one of her three children to join the business, lives on the top two floors with his wife and two children.

“We once looked at buying a house in New Jersey, but then we said, ‘No, we don’t want this.’ It just wasn’t in our interest to move,” Ms Fable said.

As a child, Paul probably saw things differently. When he was finally allowed to go to school alone at the age of 7, he crossed the street against the light. A neighbor noticed the offense and “called me that he almost got hit by a taxi,” Ms Fable recalled. When he got home that day, Ms. Fable recalled, “I got him dressed and said ‘Well, I guess I’ll have to walk you to school,’ and he said, ‘Do you have spies on me?’

It seems so.

“Everybody knew us because we lived above the bakery,” said Mrs. Fable. “It would be different if we lived somewhere else.

Soon after Helene Golay and Ray Sherman were married in 1976, they were told their apartment building on East 88th Street was slated for demolition, so they began looking for a new home.

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