Video: After 101 Years of Printing, Teigman Stops the Presses

Shortly after Labor Day, Alan Teigman will close Teigman Press, the print shop that four generations of his family has operated over the course of 101 years. In early August he let go of his only employee, his son, who after an extended apprenticeship had decided to return to school for an accounting degree.

In the 1970s and ’80s, when Mr. Teigman was the apprentice and his uncle ran the shop, the business flourished by printing brochures and charts for the fur industry. As fur became less fashionable and printers became more affordable, customer demand dwindled. Lately Mr. Teigman, a part-owner of the building in which his press is located, had taken on whatever business he could get, including local pizzeria menus and bargain boxes of business cards.

In the end, he decided it would be more lucrative to lease the bottom floor and basement to “fancy Bushwick restaurateurs.” Paperwork filed with Community Board 3 and spotted by Bowery Boogie indicates those restaurateurs will be Jessica Lee Wertz and Ted Mann, owners of Lone Wolf bar.

It’s uncertain how long, exactly, Teigman Press has been located at 176 Delancey Street, but a notice in the New York Times indicates that in 1946 ownership of the 1920s building was transferred from Carl Taube to Esther Teigman, who was already an owner of 186 Delancey Street.

In the last 12 months, this very hidden section of Delancey Street on the north side of the Williamsburg Bridge’s Manhattan entrance has radically changed. The former home of Askiya, a mom-and-pop clothing and jewelry store at 174 Delancey, is now for rent. To the other side of Teigman Press, at 178 Delancey, is G Tects, a cutting-edge architectural firm that’s designing the forthcoming National Jazz Museum of Harlem. The firm’s owner, Gordon Kipping, has renovated the storefront, which formerly held a budget nail salon, with a glass floor-to-ceiling entrance that allows you to watch his architects and designers at work on their laptops.

Mr. Teigman said that unless an museum curator or private collector expresses interest in salvaging his vintage machinery, including a working Heidelberg press, it will be thrown in the dumpster by Rosh Hashanah.

Watch The Local’s video to take one last look inside.