Union Square Peeler, R.I.P.

For two years I lived right off Union Square Park in Manhattan, where this guy named Joe Ades sold his vegetable peelers at the green market. Michael shot this little video of him when we returned for a visit.

Today I read his obituary in the New York Times. Apparently quite a few people found him interesting.

I bought a peeler from him, which I found today in my kitchen drawer.

Peeler

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2 responses to “Union Square Peeler, R.I.P.

  1. PUBLIC INVITATION // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Februrary 4, 2009

    To honor the passing of Joe Ades, the widely-renowned and much-beloved carrot-peeler peddler who frequented the Union Square Greenmarket, we invite the New York City community to join us in remembering his presence and his terrific salesmanship. We will gather at the statue on the south side of Union Square park on Saturday, February 7th, at 1pm and invite everyone to bring memories, anecdotes, and of course, a peeler and carrots or potatoes. As we join together to peel, we will create a temporary vegetable memorial that will incorporate stories and photos that the community brings to share.

    WE WILL REMEMBER JOE ADES
    :::::::::::::::::::::::
    on the south steps of Union Square,
    Saturday, February 7th, 2009 at 1:00 PM.
    Bring a peeler, carrots and potatoes.
    Traditional memorial offerings are also welcome.

    contact: rememberjoeades@gmail.com

  2. Only in NYC. Who is doing this memorial? I liked that his daughter could tell if he had been selling on a given day if she saw some small pieces of carrot in the street.

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