Ghost Signs of NYC: De Robertis Pastry Shoppe

De Robertis, 176 First Avenue. Photo ©Frank Mastropolo

De Robertis Pastry Shoppe closed in 2014 after more than a century serving Italian coffee, pastries, cookies and ices. Four generations of the De Robertis family worked at the pasticceria since it opened in 1904. John De Robertis, whose grandfather Paolo started the business, described the store’s early days. “They made pignoli, the…

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