Growing up in the Boston area years ago, "hermits" were available in virtually every bakery. (If u don't know, they are a spicy ginger and clove cookie/cake), In my family, they were always around. You could by a dozen in those days for a $1.49 and eat them all week -- as they got staler they almost got better, you could dunk them in your coffee and tea.
I have been in NYC for 20 years, and I rarely see them around. Archway used to make a pretty bad bag of hermits, and sporadically saw them at Whole Foods in the bakery section a couple of years. But no more?
Anybody have any ideas as to bakeries that carry them regularly?