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At twenty-six, having escaped from the oppressive clutches of Nazi Germany, Birdy made her home in the bustling metropolis of New York. Marrying Isaac Bernstein two years later, a union that bore the seeds of a prosperous venture. Drawing upon her invaluable experience under the tutelage of Chanel at the esteemed Rue Cambon atelier, the couple built a thriving garment business in the heart of the Lower East Side.

The year 1962 marked Isaac’s untimely demise, an event that unveiled a pair of unforeseen revelations: a secret family tucked away in Brooklyn and the bitter truth that Isaac had gambled any hope of a fortune away. Ever pragmatic, Birdy navigated these unexpected tribulations with grace, seeking solace within the confines of the hotel at 34 Eastside, a haven that has since remained her steadfast home.


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