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Guide to the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral histories 2008.030

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Katz, Noah, 2008 May 21

Biographical / Historical

Noah Katz (born 1966), along with his brother Daniel and father Sidney, owned and operated the Super FoodTown located in Restoration Plaza. While the Katz family owned grocery stores throughout New York City, they considered the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn location to be their flagship. At the time of the 2008 interview, the store had been open almost five years. The Katz family were active participant members of the Fulton-Nostrand Merchant's Association, and Noah Katz served as co-chairman of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Gateway Business Improvement District (BID) campaign committee.

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Noah Katz relates his family's early interest in opening a Super FoodTown grocery store inside the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn's Restoration Plaza. He recounts the effort to renovate the location's footprint from its previous incarnation into a larger, upscale version -- a feat which Katz served as general contractor and completed in ninety days. Katz reflects on the importance of grocery stores in close-knit communities and counts the benefits of strong supermarkets: They are a local source of employment, a place to encounter neighbors, and of course, a convenient location in which to purchase groceries. Katz enumerates his family's charitable contributions to the Bedford-Stuyvesant community, including donations to Restoration. Finally Katz tells of his work with the Fulton-Nostrand Merchant's Association, in which he and his family are active participant members, and his work with the Bedford-Stuyvesant Gateway Business Improvement District (BID). Katz served as the co-chairman of that BID's campaign committee. Interview conducted by Sady Sullivan.

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Subject Names

  • Katz, Noah

Subject Organizations

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
  • Fulton-Nostrand United Merchants Association

Subject Topics

  • Business enterprises -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Community centers -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Community development corporations -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Community development, Urban -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Enterprise -ones -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Markets -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Philanthropists -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)