Jewish residents prepare for Hanukkah celebrations

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Jewish people around the world began celebrating the first night of Hanukkah on Tuesday.

Bronx residents stopped at the Riverdale Kosher Market to pick up some last-minute items for their celebrations.

Ralph Haber, owner of Carlos and Gabby's, a kosher Mexican restaurant in Riverdale, says that despite being busy, this is his favorite time of year.

"What's not to love -- eight days you get to open presents every night," he said. "Now I get to spoil my children every night."

At Zaro's Family Bakery in Port Morris, the longtime Bronx business is commemorating the holiday with Hanukkah-inspired blue and white treats like cupcakes and cookies, as well as special jelly doughnuts.

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