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Kibbitz & Nosh: When We All Met at Dubrow’s Cafeteria book celebration

Kibbitz & Nosh: When We All Met at Dubrow’s Cafeteria book celebration


Thursday, July 6th

City Lore

56 E 1st Street, NY

Free, but registration is required



Join us on Thursday, July 6th to celebrate the publication of Kibbitz & Nosh: When We All Met at Dubrow’s Cafeteria (2023) by Three Hills, an imprint of Cornell University Press. Kibbitz & Nosh is a poignant and poetic visual love letter to the quintessential New York gathering place. We’re thrilled to host Marcia, our long-time friend, in presentation and conversation with Lisa Hurwitz, Director and Producer of the enchanting 2021 documentary film, The Automat.

Kibbitz & Nosh unfolds in the mid 1970s as a photographic essay about a unique dining establishment that was more than just a place to eat for a generation of New Yorkers. There, between the magical mirrored walls and steaming coffee urns, Marcia Bricker Halperin found herself, as if on a theater set, looking out at a tableau of memorable Brooklyn faces. Enchanted by the space and its denizens, she returned again and again.


Kibbitz & Nosh is a collection of photographs that transport the viewer to an essential but forgotten meeting spot, Dubrow’s Cafeteria in 1970s New York City. The Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Donald Margulies and the lauded historian of the Jewish-American experience Deborah Dash Moore provide essays that illuminate and contextualize Halperin’s poignant photographs.


For life-long New Yorkers, Jewish communities, culinary enthusiasts and photography lovers, Kibbitz & Nosh revels in nostalgia and commemorates a time gone by.

Books will be available for purchase on-site at City Lore during the event. Seltzer drinks from Brooklyn Seltzer Boys.


About the Presenters:

Marcia Bricker Halperin is a lifelong Brooklynite who has been photographing the characters and landscapes of New York City for almost 50 years. She received a Master of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College and studied photography with Lisette Model at the New School. From 1978 – 1980 Marcia was a part of the CETA Artist’s Project documentation team. Her photography has been included in many group exhibitions, including at the Brooklyn Museum and the International Center of Photography and is represented in a number of collections. After spending thirty-five years in K-12 education teaching art and photography and using her creativity in special education with disabled and autistic students she has begun a deep dive into her photography archives.


Lisa Hurwitz is the Director and Producer of The Automat which premiered at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival and went on to be one of the highest-grossing documentaries of the year receiving nominations for four 2022 Critics Choice Documentary Awards. It can be found on Turner Classic Movies, HBO Max and a DVD with many extras is available from Kino Lorber. Lisa’s company Slice of Pie will be distributing the documentary PASANG: In the Shadow of Everest in fall 2023 in theaters. Her next projects, a narrative romantic comedy set in Italy, Mammone, and a science documentary about the Loneliness Epidemic in America, Singles, arecurrently in development. She resides in New York City.


Jul 06 2023


6:00 PM


City Lore
56 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

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