Eileen's Special Cheesecake

17 Cleveland Place
Eileen's Special Cheesecake opened for business in December, 1974, and arrived in lower Manhattan on December 4, 1976. Our location at 17 Cleveland Place, opposite Spring and Lafayette Streets at the corner of Kenmare and Centre Streets, was not even... more
Eileen's Special Cheesecake opened for business in December, 1974, and arrived in lower Manhattan on December 4, 1976. Our location at 17 Cleveland Place, opposite Spring and Lafayette Streets at the corner of Kenmare and Centre Streets, was not even listed on most maps. Cleveland Place has only about five buildings on the street. The Police headquarters on Centre Street had vacated, and all the area businesses closed up. It was a “ghost town” when I first arrived, but that didn’t bother me because the rent was low and I desperately needed a place to bake for my growing wholesale business. I hadn’t considered the retail aspects of the business until people started knocking on the door of the bakery wanting to buy cheesecake. With that encouragement, I purchased a bakery case and began to conduct retail business. Soon after our cheesecake attracted the Press and we were listed in “Best Bets” in New York Magazine. Radio station WOR rated us “Number One” cheesecake and we appeared on television quite often whipping up a batter of cheesecake. We eventually began to ship our cheesecakes overnight anywhere in the United States, which opened up a new market for us. However, Cleveland Plac... more

Eileen's Special Cheesecake opened for business in December, 1974, and arrived in lower Manhattan on December 4, 1976. Our location at 17 Cleveland Place, opposite Spring and Lafayette Streets at the corner of Kenmare and Centre Streets, was not even listed on most maps. Cleveland Place has only about five buildings on the street. The Police headquarters on Centre Street had vacated, and all the area businesses closed up. It was a “ghost town” when I first arrived, but that didn’t bother me because the rent was low and I desperately needed a place to bake for my growing wholesale business. I hadn’t considered the retail aspects of the business until people started knocking on the door of the bakery wanting to buy cheesecake.

With that encouragement, I purchased a bakery case and began to conduct retail business. Soon after our cheesecake attracted the Press and we were listed in “Best Bets” in New York Magazine. Radio station WOR rated us “Number One” cheesecake and we appeared on television quite often whipping up a batter of cheesecake.

We eventually began to ship our cheesecakes overnight anywhere in the United States, which opened up a new market for us. However, Cleveland Place continued to be a difficult location for New Yorkers to find. Although we are around the corner from the Spring Street subway stop, there was not much to bring people to the area in those days, except for cheesecake.

The summer of 2000, we signed our first lease with the Port of Authority to put a kiosk in the outdoor area between the two towers of The World Trade Center. Every afternoon, from May to September, we would sell our cheesecakes to people who worked in the buildings and to tourists. There was entertainment every afternoon, and it was great being able to represent New York’s favorite dessert (cheesecake).

Unfortunately, that all ended on September 11th. Our kiosk was destroyed, but fortunately our employee was not on duty yet. Business at Cleveland Place declined, because subway service was cut off and no one was walking around downtown.

For six months, we kept our workforce busy baking for the rescue workers. Time passed, and now Cleveland Place is in a popular area where the mix of people and restaurants and shops are so unique. Downtown is becoming the “place to be”, and we are actually on most maps now. We survived difficult times, and now “let the good times roll”!


Drag the street view to look around 360°.
Use the arrow buttons to navigate down the street and around the neighborhood!

There are no events taking place on this date.

Info

17 Cleveland Place
New York, NY 10012
(212) 625-0528
Website

Editorial Rating

Category

Bakeries

Price

$$$$$

Ambience

Casual

Payment

All Major

This Week's Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:00am-9:00pm
Sat-Sun: 10:00am-7:00pm

Nearby Subway

  • to Spring St -- 0.1

Other Bakeries Restaurants

Almondine Bakery

Excellent selections from Hervé Poussot, whose charming shop can be found across... view

Creative Cakes

Creative Cakes provides top-notch, unique, one-of-a-kind special occasion chocol... view

Maison Laduree

Centuries old Parisian bakery brings its world-famous macarons to New York. view

Tisserie 55

Great selection of croissants, desserts and several types of bread. On the menu ... view

 

Terrace Bagels

In the swirling vortex of delineatory contention between Windsor Terrace and Par... view

The Bagel Store

The beloved bagel repository moves from its original location to a brand-spankin... view

Bagels & Co

For the past eleven years, Bagels & Co. has been providing high quality Kosh... view