Jon Crispin's Notebook

Albanese Detail

Posted in Animals, History by joncrispin on 01/10/2010

There were lots of nice little details at Albanese’s.  These meat hooks aren’t used anymore, but the design is both beautiful and functional.

Albanese Meats & Poultry

Posted in Advertising, Buildings, Food, Friends, People, Windows by joncrispin on 30/09/2010

This block of Elizabeth Street runs just south of Houston, and I know it really well because my good friend Herman Boykin started living there in 1979.  Before I moved to the City in 1986 and while I was living there I would spend a lot of time in the neighborhood.  There were many more shops like Albanese’s back then, but the area is really different now.

Moe

Posted in Buildings, Food, History, People, Windows by joncrispin on 30/09/2010

I took the train into New York City on Tuesday and met Craig Williams at City Hall Park.  He took me over to One Liberty Plaza to meet some of the September 11 Memorial folks and have a peek at the WTC site.  We then went over to Engine Company 6 which is just an amazing place. / The main purpose of the trip was to photograph the Albanese Meats & Poultry shop on Elizabeth Street.  The history is a bit too involved to get into, but Moe has been cutting meat here for a very long time.  He worked with his mom, Mary for almost 50 years until she died in 2002 at the age of 97.  He is an amazingly nice guy.  I’ll post more soon.

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