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My Sukkot Pilgrimage to the Lower East Side

I just bought my Lulav and Etrog on the Lower East Side this morning -- and was thinking of these words that I wrote a few years ago.  Chag Sameach! NOTE FROM SUKKOT 2014:   This piece is still accurate except that the lulav and etrog scene on the Lower East Side gets smaller with each passing year - maybe 3 vendors rather than dozens. If you want to see dozens, go to Williamsburg or Boro Park. There are many ways to buy a lulav and etrog (the palm branches and citron traditionally carried in the synagogue on the holiday of Sukkot).  There are some people who buy a lulav and etrog, in anticipation of Sukkot, from a Judaica store, or from their synagogue, or from a lulav and etrog wholesaler.  For me, however, there’s really only one way to buy a lulav and etrog. Almost every year for the last 15 years, a few days before Sukkot, I have gone to the Lower East Side , where, at the corner of Essex Street and East Broadway, there's a 'lulav and etrog open air marke