Lower East Side Pickle Day

 

Few street fairs have this much right to exist: The Lower East Side and its pickles go wayyyy back!!! Early in the 19th century, mass immigration brought on a boom in pickle production, and non-English speaking Polish, German, and Jewish immigrants began selling their pickles to customers on the street using pushcarts. The first peddlers appeared on the Lower East Side in the 1860s, and by 1900, there were about 3,000 pickle vendors throughout the city. Believe it or not, its fame almost brought the pickle down...

 

...as Orchard and Essex Streets soon reeked so much of dill and garlic, spilling into walls and tenement buildings in the area, that a citywide fight against the pickle began. By 1940, New York City had banned all street commerce, forcing many picklers to close shop, and only a handful are still around today. Celebrate history, taste and persistence with us this Sunday at the 19th Lower East Side Pickle Day, there will be free samples, games, live music, and giveaways! Find all the info here.