Wednesday, February 4, 2009
photograph from ekonon's Flickr photostream
The inimitably dapper Joe Ades, an icon of style and salesmanship, passed away on Sunday, at age 75.He was a fixture at the Union Square Greenmarket, where he famously sold vegetable peelers on the sidewalk in impeccably tailored suits. The first time I saw Mr. Ades on his seat in Union Square, I bought a peeler. He enchanted me with eccentric energy, flecks of spit flying from his mouth as he furiously skinned a bright orange carrot, practically shouting about the peelers' Swiss precision, a thing of beauty.
The New York Times closed their profile with Mr. Ades' daughter remembering the bits of carrot he left behind at the day's end. I know I'm not the only New Yorker who will sorely miss his sharp-cut shreds of color on the sidewalks of Union Square.