Lulav Vendors and Sukkot on Canal, Redux [PHOTOS]
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For Jews celebrating Sukkot, the few days following Yom Kippur are traditionally marked by building the structures and finding lulav and etrog. Here on the Lower East Side, residents can still stop by the intersection of Canal and Essex Streets to pick up the so-called “four species. Yet, this long-held annual practice is fading big time. It’s almost as if vendors are just going through the motions these days – the last gasp. That’s certainly how it felt after news broke yesterday of the “Essex Crossing” SPURA development.
Anyway, a few lulav vendors are still holding on. But for how much longer? One of the dudes tells us that there isn’t really much new business, only longtime customers. And the money is not what it was.