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This short film documents the daily life of the goings-on on Orchard Street, a commercial street in the Lower East Side New York City. It is a bustling street with an eclectic mix of both traditional store front shops and street vendors. The merchants and their wares are on display, as are their customers. Other activities on the street are also shown, which as a collective keep it vibrant. Written by Huggo

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30 March 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I don't remember Orchard Street ever being this busy. By the time my father took me there as a boy of six or seven to buy my first suit -- from "Red", the same man who had sold him his first suit when he was about the same age -- it was a block of clothiers and cloth merchants, right around the corner from Katz' Delicatessen. People may have lived on the upper floors of the tenement buildings, but they worked and shopped elsewhere.

The 1980s, with their high rents and yuppies put paid to the Orchard Street of this documentary. Even the pickle-makers moved away. Nowadays it is part of Soho, with cute little boutiques and trendy restaurants. Katz' is still around the corner on Houston, and Yonah Schimmel's knishes. The rest is gone. It's a good thing that Ken Jacobs made this film.


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