Rose Zirolnik waited a long time. From 1936 until now, in fact.
When she was a student nurse at Bellevue Hospital in the 1930s, Rose often took orders from her program’s doctors and residents and then picked everything up at Russ & Daughters — in an ambulance! — on her way back from emergency calls. Before this trip, the last time she stopped at the shop was in 1936.
Rose, who is 91 years old, and is still active in the healthcare teaching field, visited Russ & Daughters again, but with her family this time, and she remembered the shop as if her last visit was yesterday, not 73 years ago. She talked with the fourth generation of the Russ family about their great grandfather and the old herring barrels, and she picked up her own order to take back to New Rochelle — by car. There were no ambulances in sight.
- Jen Snow