Lulav Vendors and Sukkot on Canal

Posted on: October 13th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

Each year around this time, the portable tables and chairs are unfolded and placed along the sidewalks near the junction of Canal and Essex Streets. Stationed here in the eastern hinterlands of Chinatown, a handful of old-school peddlers hawk the goods traditionally needed to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. It’s a Lower East Side melting pot at its finest.

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Many in the local Jewish community descend upon the corner to purchase Lulav and Etrog (“four species”) before the holiday, which began last night. As we’ve documented in recent years, attendance at the tables remains somewhat sluggish. One vendor informed us that it’s not a “bustling market” like it once was, but that the younger demographic of the neighborhood is showing up.

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Sales typically begin the day after Yom Kippur and continue until the arrival of Sukkot. The oft-employed trick for would-be buyers is always to head over on the final day, just before sundown, when vendors need to ditch their worthless supplies.

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