New York is often described as a cultural melting pot, where immigrants from all over the world come to share and disseminate their traditions, mores and attitudes. Upon arriving here, however, you’ll swiftly notice that whilst there’s an unparalleled plethora of ethnicities in the city, there’s a clear set of demarcations and boundaries that group these into distinct cliques.
Step out of my front door and take a brief walk and you’ll end up in the most famous of these, the inimitable Chinatown, but just beyond that is Little Italy, and brief walk over the bridge will bring you to hubs of Ethiopian culture, Greek expats, Orthodox Jews…and so on.
But, you didn’t come here to read about that, did you? You came here for pictures of bagels, followed by religious analysis thereof.
You see, my thinking is that given the quite shocking level of casual anti-Semitism that seems to be the norm over here, an effort needs to be made to bring together the substantial population of Jews in New York with the prevailing Christian relative majority. So, what better than a Jewish bagel stuffed with every part of leftover Christmas Dinner I could find?
Religious amalgamation never tasted so good.