Brooklyn's Jewish Businessmen: Pre: 1925 Ginsberg-Glickman



It so happens that at this writing Moses Ginsberg, of 1295 President Street, is chiefly concerned with real estate in Manhattan. he is at present building an office structure in Maiden lane, which will cost considerably in excess of a million dollars, and contemplates other undertakings of a similar kind.

But Ginsberg had been in the vortex of Brooklyn's building activity even long before the advent of what might be called the "new generation" of builders, that is those who have come to the forefront in the course of the last decade. At one time he had been associated with that other prominent and reputable builder, Jacob Goell, a brief outline of whom appears elsewhere in this volume.

However, even now Ginsberg maintains an unflagging interest in the development of this boro, and, though to a lesser extent than before, he is still building here, principally in the Kings Highway region of Flatbush.

Moses Ginsberg has had a busy and varied career in his days, since his arrival upon these shores nearly thirty years ago. Landing at the exuberant age of 22, an already married man, he lost no time in finding his niche in the maze of strange American reality. His responsibilities forestalled dilly-dallying with time, so sweet to youths in the early twenties. He had to grapple with the circumstances as they were and he did. And he soon became a combined merchant and carpenter, which means that he sold stuff as well as affixed it to its proper place. And for a time he was bubbling over because he was actually making something like a dollar a day.

As he grew familiar with American life and local business needs, he grasped other opportunities, which presently led him to the banking business, and somewhat later, to the shipping business. Throughout these years he sustained his interest in real estate, which he knows with the thoroughness and penetration of an expert.

Another interest which was his for many years is communal work, in which he manifested the broad sweep for big things on a large scale that is characteristic of him. It was he who advocated the erection of the commodious Stone Avenue Talmud Torah, in the face of protests that its size would exceed both the means and the requirements of the community, and it was he who defended the project of a large Jewish Center, which became the Brooklyn Jewish Center, in Eastern Parkway.

Ginsberg believes that Brooklyn, as an outlet, for Manhattan's excess population and for the influx from other cities, has an alluring future. It will grow as a business city, too, he asserts.

Ginsberg is Director and Trustee of the Brooklyn Jewish Center; member of the Federation of Jewish Charities, and former President of the Stone Avenue Talmud Torah, which he saw completed in less than a year. Communal work embodies his main recreation.


Pincus Glickman, of 180-190 Joralemon Street, is a prudent and successful builder, who takes great pride in gradual but sure accomplishment, for which he is justly noted. The magnificent manufacturers' Trust Company building, on the tenth floor of which Glickman has his office, is a landmark in the busy Borough hall section of Brooklyn. it is the result of his large vision, his initiative, and his close familiarity with real estate conditions.

Glickman has been engaged in real estate development for over twenty years. After a brief period of time in the Bronx, he came to Brooklyn in 1902, and has seen Brooklyn grow from humble beginnings into the making of a great city. His building activity was diversified, and extended to the various parts of the borough. With the exception of the possibility of overbuilding in spots, Glickman foresees a tremendous future for Brooklyn.

Pincus Glickman was born July 15, 1873, in Roumania. He came to the United States in 1888, and at once started to make his own living. years of struggle and of hard application preceeded his ultimate success. But always cheerful and hopeful he went on, without complaint, until the goal was in hand. He always had an a biding faith in Brooklyn, and is delighted to see his faith justified.

Despite the constant demand made upon him by his business interests, Glickman finds time to devote to charities. But he is not merely a perfunctory contributor to philanthropies, but is himself a philanthropist of the purest water. One could not mention a worth-while charity to which Glickman does not contribute, either of his money or both time and money.

Knowing his genuine sincerity and his unselfish devotion to humanity, various organizations often enlist him within their ranks, even without his actual consent. They seek his guidance and judgment, assured that it will be given with the loftiest of motives. Thus, in the recent Yeshiva campaign in Greater New York, it was Glickman who was invited to give his counsel as to the building to be erected and as to how to go about it, in spite of the fact there is a multitude of big real estate men in Manhattan.

Glickman is justly proud of his family of six sons and two daughters, whom he has taught to perpetuate the tradition of noble living. He was married, when he was twenty, in 1893. His children are Samuel, Sophia, Aaron, Abraham, Louis, Hyman, Joseph and Ruth Frances. Whatever leisure he manages to snatch from his philanthropies and his business, Glickman dedicates to his family. Those who know his boys and girls bear witness to the fact that he has been highly successful in inculcating in them the ideas of high-mindedness, which permeate him.

Glickman is a director of the Brooklyn Federation of Jewish Charities, Brooklyn Jewish Center, the Pride of Judea Orphan Asylum; associate President of the Brooklyn Real Estate Club of the Federation of Charities, member of the building committee of Yeshiva College, member of the Chamber of Commerce, and of the Masons.


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Article Name: Brooklyn's Jewish Businessmen: Pre: 1925 Ginsberg-Glickman
Researcher/Transcriber Miriam Medina


BIBLIOGRAPHY: Building up Greater Brooklyn: with sketches of men instrumental in Brooklyn's amazing development, Brooklyn, N.Y. by Leon Wexelstein; Brooklyn Biographical Society 1925.
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