Sukkot

Gone are the Lulav Vendors of the Lower East Side

Last modified October 1, 2020 at 7:13 am

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 […]

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Nighttime Shopping with the Lulav Vendors of Canal Street [PHOTOS]

Posted October 14, 2016 at 5:07 am

With the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur in the proverbial back pocket, it’s on to the next with the feast Sukkot. Meaning, the traditional rush is on to pick up lulav and etrog … if that is your custom. The old time holdout vendors returned to the fray yesterday, setting up shop at the usual […]

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Chabad LES Constructs Sukkah on Foundation of Stagnant Allen Street Hotel

Posted September 28, 2015 at 5:10 am

The Allen Street Hotel is nowhere near completion. Nevertheless, its northern flank has taken a turn toward the divine. In a stroke of ingenuity, congregants from the Lower East Side chapter of Chabad transformed the tattered sidewalk plywood  fence into a makeshift Sukkah. The concrete platform – inactive for ages – is essentially the backyard […]

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Lulav Vendors Ready for Sukkot on Essex Street [PHOTOS]

Posted October 6, 2014 at 10:24 am

The day after Yom Kippur traditionally kickstarts the bum-rush to the next Jewish holiday – Sukkot. As youngsters, our family would spirit down to the Lower East Side to pick up the Lulav and Etrog. Haggling with the Orthodox Jews on Essex Street who manned the tables that bustled with product. With the passage of […]

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Lulav Vendors and Sukkot on Canal, Redux [PHOTOS]

Posted September 19, 2013 at 6:02 am

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. […]

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Sukkot on the Lower East Side

Posted October 2, 2012 at 11:48 am

Seeing Jewish Lower East Side as it once was usually becomes a little easier around this time of year. When the High Holidays end, the neighborhood bustles in the run-up to the next celebration. Sukkot.

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Rickshaw Sukkah Spotted on Orchard Street

Posted October 18, 2011 at 6:18 am

It’s fairly normal to see and hear the Chabad Sukkah Mobile prowling (nay, speeding) the city each year. But a rickshaw sukkah?

Lulav Vendors and Sukkot on Canal

Posted October 13, 2011 at 6:28 am

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.

Sukkah Mobile on East Houston [Video]

Last modified December 9, 2010 at 12:37 am

With the Autumnal harvest holiday of Sukkot drawing to a close, the Sukkah Mobile is pulling a bit of overtime duty.  Last night, the Chabad-sponsored vehicle was spotted moving westbound along East Houston, before speeding through the left-turn signal at Bowery.

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Sukkah City 2010: The Night Before

Posted September 20, 2010 at 6:32 am

Today is the last day to catch a glimpse of Sukkah City 2010, an assemblage of “radically temporary” sukkahs in Union Square Park. From dawn until dusk. Most of yesterday was a true mob scene, with huge crowds surrounding each structure, at least five to six heads deep. It was tough getting a good glimpse. […]

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