Great story about the classic union-made NY area bagel in Wednesday's Times' food section. The writer, Edward Levine, correctly points out that the bagel bakers union controlled the produce in North Jersey as well as NYC.
My favorite bagel was the Watson Bagel of Newark, later Irvington. Sadly, Watson Bagel is no more, but its tradition carries on at Elmora Bagels in Elizabeth. For a nostalgic look back at the Watson bagel, see the link below.