Gone are the Lulav Vendors of the Lower East Side
The traditional rush to pick up Lulav and Etrog – which always begins after Yom Kippur – is different this year on the Lower East Side.
The old-time holdout vendors – who usually peddle at the confluence of Essex, Rutgers, and Canal Streets – are nowhere in sight. No tables, hustle, nor bustle.
Their presence in the historically Jewish area of the neighborhood seemed to thin with each holiday in recent years. Add to that the novel coronavirus.
It is the Sukkot custom to wave the Lulav, Hadass, Aravah, and Etrog (together, the “four species) during holiday prayer.
Update: one neighbor spotted a vendor inside the old Beverly’s bar space.