The ices vendor setting up on East 110th Street

THose were the days my friend?

Ephemeral New York

The ices offered by this street vendor are probably not artisanal or organic. But I bet they hit the spot on a hot summer day.


Photographer John Albok captured the cones and syrups of one man’s cart in East Harlem in 1938, a neighborhood of Italians at the time with a small but growing influx of Hispanics.

The link from the Museum of the City of New York describes them as piraguas—the Puerto Rican treat sold by many vendors today.

[Photo: MCNY Collections Portal]

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