old crazy man of union square

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    he was selling a vegetable "juliennere" and his prose was right out of an infomercial. i have more shots from this set that i'll eventually put up but this was my favorite.

    this guy was really funny. he kept saying "i've been selling these slicers for 15 years people and trust me, you are my favorite customers..."

    i guess you had to be there.

    RIP Joe Ades

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    1. feli* 63 months ago | reply

      Although I have never met the man, his stories and photos touched my heart. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful photo.

      May he rest in Peace.

    2. Aaron Callahan 63 months ago | reply

      I think this is my favorite picture of the guy... good job!

    3. RD_BEING 63 months ago | reply

      Oh i love this shot! I saw a thingie on him on tv too. :( RIP Joe.

    4. Mikey G Ottawa 63 months ago | reply

      May God Rest His Soul.

    5. Lucie-G 63 months ago | reply

      RIP Carrot Man

    6. AndrewProPhotos 63 months ago | reply

      I photographed him in October on a trip to NYC

      John the Peeler

      I hardly cook but by the end i wanted to buy a peeler.

    7. sean808080 63 months ago | reply

      Very sad...I blogged about his loss and NYC in general here:


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    9. calvindog65 63 months ago | reply

      Joe lived in my apartment building on Park Avenue; was an incredibly nice man. I was stunned one day after I moved in to see him sitting on a box selling his carrot peelers right by my office! A really decent guy. RIP Joe.

    10. Jet.Lam [deleted] 63 months ago | reply

      Rest in peace great Joe Ades, we will miss you dearly!!!!

    11. *Vix* 63 months ago | reply

      I could just imagine the excitement he gave the crowds!
      This pic does give that feeling. Good luck to this man and his business =)

    12. destroyandrebuildnyc [deleted] 63 months ago | reply

      i always showed him love...
      too bad most dont until he died

    13. dan.horsey 63 months ago | reply

      The story I saw about Joe was actually on NBC News. I found it so inspiring that I grabbed a clip of it, calling it "every little bit counts". I plan on sharaing it with my grandkids one day. Since it's copyright material here's a link to piece. You'll treasure it.


    14. mid.lchild 63 months ago | reply

      oh my gosh...I remember this wonderful man, from my Manhatten days...going to audition at The Public Theatre...what a joyous soul.
      thanks for sharing this.

    15. KNmoore 63 months ago | reply

      So sad. I'm in Richmond, VA, but this guy has facsinated me-imagine sending your kids to college on proceeds of carrot peelers, encylopedias, and anything else you can hawk on a street corner-I think one of his daughters did that for a while too.

    16. kandinskydog 63 months ago | reply

      This hard working man just died.
      What is really sad is you thinking of him merely as an
      "old crazy man of union square" when he was so distinctly
      something more, whether you appreciated him or not.
      When I say "you" I mean anyone, myself included.
      His passing saddens me.
      And so do you but for different reasons.

    17. Ω ohm Ω 63 months ago | reply

      Crazy i meet and filmed this guy last year!

    18. keravalhu 63 months ago | reply

      wat a awesome photo

    19. magda.indigo THANK you for over 3.250 MILLION 59 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called TLC photography [upload 1 comment 2], and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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