Bakery That Created ‘Black and Whites’ Closing Down


A Manhattan bakery that first opened its doors in 1902 says it is closing this summer amid a changing business landscape.

Glaser’s Bake Shop, which has been operated by the Glaser family for three generations, is best known for its black-and-white cookie, a staple of New York City dining created by its German founders. It will close on July 1.

Throughout its existence, the bakery withstood the test of time — remaining cash-only and retaining the original flooring and window display from 1902.

“I’ve been here my whole life, the only job I ever had,” owner Herb Glaser told ABC News. “I did go to college, and actually was going to become a dentist but didn’t get into dental school … so now I’m causing the cavities.”

Although the Glaser’s are the fabled creators of the treat, Herb said he will not claim ownership. But he certainly knows how to eat them — vanilla first, so he can save the best part (the chocolate) for last.

“I used to have two black-and-whites as my lunchtime dessert, and I was a fat kid,” he said.

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