Mark looked over my shoulder as I was reviewing some photos I'd taken recently.
'Oh that's the carrot peeler's daughter', he said.
Yes, it was.
The Carrot Peeler in question didn't just peel carrots, he sold carrot peelers. The late Joe Ades was a fixture in Union Square for years and years.
Joe would prattle at great length about his vegetable peelers in his distinctive British accent. He was always dressed in a jacket and sounded astonished by how well his peelers worked. You would find Joe on Union Square West around 16th Street, with his white buckets, piles of shredded carrot and a crowd around him.
Joe passed away in February 2009 at the age of 75. He is missed by all, but it seems his daughter Ruth, (who strikingly resembles her father!) has taken up the family business. In front of her was a pile of shredded carrot.
For a photo I took of Joe Ades in his element in 2008, click here.
Read about Joe Ades in the Times, here.
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