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Arts and Sciences Alumna Writes Book on Iconic New York Restaurant

Elaine Freed Lindenblatt ‘62 takes readers on a trip down memory lane

Oct 28, 2014 — Article by: Laura Bulman

Elaine Freed Lindenblatt

Elaine Freed Lindenblatt '62

A 1962 graduate of Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences is readying the launch of her first book, which is sure to take readers on a trip down memory lane.

Elaine Freed Lindenblatt ’62 penned the nostalgic book Stop at the Red Apple (SUNY Press 2014), due out on December 1. Stop at the Red Apple is the story of the Red Apple Rest, the iconic restaurant located on New York’s Route 17, from the 1930s through the 1980s. The restaurant, open 24/7, was a staple in the lives of more than a million customers every year. But for Lindenblatt, it was her “family room across the road.” As the daughter of Reuben Freed, founder of the Red Apple, no one is better positioned to tell the eatery’s storied history.

“I was inspired to write the book because I wanted my current family to know the unique heritage that is theirs,” Lindenblatt says. “And then, the project spiraled out to draw in so many others. It seems everybody who’s been to the Red Apple has a story about it. The book tells THE story—of an unlikely proprietor, a precarious start, a bumpy and colorful trip through the decades. Writing it was a history lesson in my own life.”

While a student at Syracuse, Lindenblatt remained involved in the restaurant, working there during school breaks. After graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in English education, she went on to receive a master’s degree at Teachers College, Columbia University. Since then, Lindenblatt has worn many hats. She has been a high school English teacher, a writer of fiction, poetry, articles, and essays, a production editor for a book publisher, and a freelance proofreader.

“All my major life’s work has validated the importance of my liberal arts education,” Lindenblatt says. “It offers the groundwork to become a human being, instead of merely a human doing. As one ages, the wisdom of that becomes an imperative.”

Lindenblatt remains connected to the University through many ongoing friendships with fellow alumni.

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