R.I.P. Joe Ades, The Peeler Man

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A moment of silence, please, for a great urban character: Joe Ades, champagne-swilling, Park Avenue-dwelling, bespoke suit-sporting, British-accented, motor-mouthed vegetable- peeler-hawker extraordinaire and New York institution, has died at 75. [NYT, Vanity Fair]

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Erin Gloria Ryan

I never had the pleasure of meeting Peeler Man, but I am imagining how I would feel if the woman who stands on Clark and Madison in downtown Chicago singing "Now you wanna get Streetwise! Now you wanna order Streetwise! Now you gotta get Streetwise!" passed away.

The answer is: sad. I would feel very sad. So, condolences, NYC.