By  on July 9, 2007

NEW YORK — By now, most everyone in the men’s wear business knows the rags-to-riches story of Samuel Beckenstein, who emigrated from Poland in the early 1900s and started selling fabrics from a pushcart on Orchard Street in lower Manhattan. By 1940 he had 80 employees and Beckenstein Men’s Fabrics was the largest family-run retail fabric store in the country. It’s right out of a Hollywood movie.

But times (and neighborhoods) change, and Beckenstein’s current owners, Neal Boyarsky, 59, and his son, Jonathan, 33 (Samuel’s grandson and great-grandson, respectively), weren’t interested in “running a charity.”

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