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Sukkot on the Lower East Side
Seeing Jewish Lower East Side as it once was usually becomes a little easier around this time of year. When the High Holidays end, the neighborhood bustles in the run-up to the next celebration. Sukkot.
Like clockwork, lulav vendors splay out their goods for a week, selling the palms and etrogs (“Four Species“). There’s haggling and bickering over the best of product. Selling for this season was again headquartered at Essex and Canal, and ended Sunday evening with the arrival of the holiday. The general rule-of-thumb is to head over just before sundown on the final day when vendors need to ditch their worthless supplies.
And as usual, two sidewalk sukkot now reside outside Noah’s Ark and the Kosher pizza shop on Grand Street.
In related news, Chabad LES has been utilizing 403 Grand for services and holiday events. This of course is the future home of another 7-Eleven outpost. Still no sign yet of the Rickshaw Sukkah, though