05 February 2009

Joe Ades The Peeler Man





Mr. Ades passed away in his sleep last Sunday. He was 75. I would see him at Union Square and across the street from Bloomingdales slicing carrots in a Turnbull and Asser shirt. If you don't live in New York please take a couple of minutes and watch the You Tube video below. You'll see why I love this city so much.


9 comments:

Thomas said...

Indeed! 'Tis the greatest city on our Earth.

Giuseppe said...

And so we close the book on Mr. Ades' craft. Too bad for us.

Laguna Beach Trad said...

Yawn. I don't quite understand the excessive (IMO) adulation given this old chap by the internet community. Yes, I have seen him, on my way in and out of my family's old Zeckendorf Towers apartment. Big deal? I always suspected he was some sort of shyster or con artist. He may very well not be one, but the first impression stuck.

Anonymous said...

What a cool guy. I want one of those peelers! I just wish I could have gotten one from him...

-DB

tintin said...

Ltb- How can you con anyone outta $5.00?

Stephanie said...

I got one in Washougal, WA and was certifiable peeler obsessed even before I saw this

Matt Fox said...

Wow. This guy was a major part of my Saturday trips to Union Square. A real NYC institution.

Anonymous said...

my butt smells

Mordechai said...

Oh my, Im so glad i visited your site today! i loved this man, his accent, his craft and his salesmanship! what a nyc character!!! and i had thought he wore turnbull but never asked.. I have taken soooo many flicks of him but never posted.. im glad you did or i wouldnt have learned of his passing..this man was a legend!