The ices vendor setting up on East 110th Street

The ices offered by this street vendor are probably not artisanal or organic. But I bet they hit the spot on a hot summer day.

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Photographer John Albok captured the cones and syrups of one man’s cart in East Harlem in 1938, a neighborhood of Italians at the time with a small but growing influx of Hispanics.

The link from the Museum of the City of New York describes them as piraguas—the Puerto Rican treat sold by many vendors today.

[Photo: MCNY Collections Portal]

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5 Responses to “The ices vendor setting up on East 110th Street”

  1. Mykola Mick Dementiuk Says:

    There used to be an fruit ice vendor outside of Tompkins Square

  2. Mykola Mick Dementiuk Says:

    There used to be an fruit ice vendor outside of Tompkins Square park in the late 1950s-early 60s. When I was a kid every bottle of flavor and taste were mesmerizing. I wanted to taste and savor every flavor. God, did each look as appetizing without the Code of Health.

  3. WhoMe? Says:

    Probably not the same guy, but there was an ices vendor outside TSP — on Ave A — 2 or 3 years ago.

  4. John David Howard Says:

    If you venture up so Spanish Harlem today, the ices carts are still there. Classic shaved ice usually found on 106th street and 116th streets and third avenue. ;)

  5. Robert S Johnson Says:

    Reblogged this on The Quotidian Hudson and commented:
    7-25-14
    THose were the days my friend?

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