On March 6th, 1912, the very first Oreo was sold to a man from Hoboken out of a 9th Ave. factory owned by the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco). Today, 103 years later, that very same factory building houses our beloved Chelsea Market along with several high profile tenants such as The Food Network, MLB.com and YouTube.
At the National Biscuit Company complex, begun in the 1890’s in what is now west Chelsea, the ovens baked everything from Saltines to Oreos. Those ovens went cold a half century ago, when the company moved out, but newer ovens have been working over the last decade in part of that old complex - at Chelsea Market, from Ninth to 10th Avenue and 15th to 16th Street. A visit to the market offers ghostly evocations of the site’s history.
For more about the building’s history, check out the New York Times Real Estate article about it from 2005.