Sunday, January 29, 2006

Albanese Meats & Poultry, Nolita, New York

Albanese Meats & Poultry has been in Nolita since it was called the Lower East Side. The butcher in the photo grew up in the neighborhood and his mom ran Albanese until she was 97. This is the real old-school neighborhood butcher not like todays gleaming white medical meat morgues of huge supermarkets. He was telling me how the whole street on Elizabeth use to be little food shops. Across the street was a Greek food shop that customers brought their own jugs to get filled up with olive oil and the same for milk. These leftovers from another era are hard to still find in Manhattan but they are so rewarding when I do.


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  1. Anonymous

    January 29, 2006 at 5:44 pm

    Great pictures.

  2. Anonymous

    January 29, 2006 at 10:01 pm

    Love these views of the old and real New York! Does anyone else see some kind of face in the meat? (no, not Mother Theresa)

  3. The Sartorialist

    January 30, 2006 at 9:34 am

    I thought I saw a crazy face in the meat too.
    If it gets out that it looks like Mother Theresa, then watch the pilgrimages begin.

  4. oldog/oldtrix

    January 30, 2006 at 11:44 am

    The face in the meat is Edvard Munch’s “The Scream.”

  5. Anonymous

    February 1, 2006 at 3:10 pm

    pics are nice.

    i’m not sure what the health dept would think

  6. The Sartorialist

    February 1, 2006 at 6:46 pm

    I know! the chopping block out in the middle of the store was what caught my eye.

    They must be doing something right, they have been in the same spot for 50 or more years, they ain’t hiding.

  7. David Cop-a-Feel

    February 2, 2006 at 5:06 am

    Wasn’t this butcher shop in the De Niro New York Amex commercial?

  8. Anonymous

    February 2, 2006 at 10:23 pm

    That meat looks like a skull!

  9. Andrea

    April 13, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    This is my great aunt’s shop. That’s Uncle Moe in the photo. thanks for posting these!!!

  10. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 4:12 am

    These are great! I was going to say which one I liked the best, but each one is beautiful!

  11. Mary Jane

    September 4, 2008 at 11:35 am

    I love this essay. Lovely! who knew a butcher shop could be lovely. Thanks.

  12. UES boy

    January 20, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    You know, it really shows in these photos that photography is your life. Very unusual and creative. Beautiful.

  13. tailor taste

    January 29, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    I used to live by this place and loved walking past… it’s like time forgot this little shop. I hope it stays there forever.

  14. Jérôme

    March 1, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    I am vegetarian, but one word: FANTASTIC.

  15. Anonymous

    March 8, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    I do not eat much meat; the older man could convince me otherwise.

  16. do-it-dog

    May 8, 2009 at 6:25 am

    These photos blow me away. The second one is as beautiful a story as I’ve ever seen.

  17. Anonymous

    October 21, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    I love the little Infant of Prague…I wonder if the butcher thinks you're nuts.

  18. Jennifer

    December 3, 2009 at 1:01 am

    I have been following you for quite sometime now Mr. Schuman, I really admire you're work and you're wisdom.. but when my girlfriend just sent me a link to a 2006 article of my grandpa doing what he does best I couldn't believe I missed that! I hope you had a nice time there!

    And yes everyone the meat is that good, that's why it's been around for so long! It's not in boxes like Trader Joe's, this is the real deal people!

    Thank you Sartorialist,
    Jen Prezioso

    ps the store used to be across the street, the owner kept the storefront when it was bought for aesthetic purposes (it's his studio).

  19. Jennifer

    December 3, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Ha and just realized the Fulton Fish Market above– Moe was an inspector there for quite some time.

  20. Anonymous

    June 26, 2010 at 11:21 am

    What great photos. Love the stories that they tell!

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