As a young girl, filmmaker Heather Quinlan ate her first knish during a visit with her father to the Staten Island Zoo — an Irish family eating a Jewish food in an Italian borough. At the time, she didn’t see the irony.
But now, Quinlan, who hails from the Bronx, is making “If These Knishes Could Talk,” a documentary on the variable New York accent that hopes to trace how the city’s dialect varies by neighborhood and ethnicity.
“People develop an accent to fit in,” she said. “That’s why people will almost sounds more like their friends than their parents. No one wants to fit in with their parents.”