Add this to the long list of vanishing New York institutions: Jeffrey’s Meat Market.
When Jeffrey’s, believed by many to be Essex Street Market’s longest-tenured seller, vacated a couple of months ago, the owner and city officials hoped for its return.
But this week Jeffrey Ruhalter – the business’s charismatic fourth-generation owner – confirmed that he’s not coming back to the city-owned market on the Lower East Side.
“I’m leaving the Essex market,” said Ruhalter, 55 years old. “Right now, honestly I’m still numb from it. I started working there when I was six years old. We moved into Essex Street Market the day it opened and we’ve been there ever since. It’s hard to accept.”
The Lo-Down has more here.
This news prompted BoweryBoogie to ask a bold-faced question:
Seriously, what the fuck is happening to our neighborhood?