union square peeler_joe ades

union square peeler_joe ades

“Why didn’t I get a peeler when I had the chance??”  As I was in need of a vegetable skin peeler the other day, that’s the first thought that came to my head.  I’m in particular thinking of the peelers sold by Joe Ades (above).  I saw Joe Ades every day in Union Square as I walked to work, or at least 3 days a week when the Farmer’s Market was set up in Union Square.  But since Joe had passed away awhile back,  I unfortunately won’t have the opportunity.  He really was unforgettable.  Anyone who has passed through the park when he was still alive has probably seen his set up at the north end of the park.  Everyday he was armed with a bag of peelers, plastic bins, some veggies to show off the peeling abilities of his product, & and his spunky upbeat routine and personality.  I heard his peelers were the best.  What a great old man and character!  I feel most people in NY know who he was and people have written about him in magazines.  A well known personality for sure.

(image from NYtimes)


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