Getting Ready for Passover on the Lower East Side, Circa 1932 [VIDEO]
Ever wonder what it was like getting ready for Passover in the Lower East Side ghetto of 1932? This brief video clip – entitled “Erev (night of) Pesach in the Lower East Side” – is a hyperlocal history lesson.
In it we see the hustle-bustle of preparations before the spring holiday. Shoppers rush to pick up provisions at the kosher butcher, kosher for Passover wine shop, and free matzo down on Pike Street.
Regarding the latter, the footage portrays the most easily recognizable location – the Pike Street Synagogue (0:40), designated a city landmark nearly twenty years ago to the day. We see a horde congregated to collect free matzo being doled.
On the whole, the ninety-second clip provides a perfect snapshot of pushcarts and retail routines. In fact, this was filmed eight years before Mayor LaGuardia forced all the pushcarts indoors with the Essex Street Market.