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From Pickles to Posh Tour, Part 2

LOWER EAST SIDE TENEMENT MUSEUM

Across from Gus' Pickles, is the Lower East Side Tenement Building. From 1863 to 1935, over 70,000 people lived in this building! How? Well, 7 people lived in an 11 x 12 foot space. That blows my mind. I will never complain about the 9 people living above my mother's 1 bedroom condo again.

IL LABORATORIO DEL GELATO

Next to Gus' Pickles and across from the Lower East Side Tenement Building is the "il laboratorio del gelato." They serve ice cream and sorbet. I tried a Peach Sorbet (very refreshing on a muggy day), French Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate, and Lavender Honey. Unusual... but the tour guide said she was experimenting with making "Lavendar Dried Apricots" and "Lavendar Martinis." After she told us, it was because her husband was so proud of buying herbs, of course it was lavender.

ECONOMY CANDY

No, this is not a cheap candy store, they just have a VARIETY OF CANDIES. Even candies that were made 20-25 years ago. The tour guide didn't want us to go in because on her last tour, it took her a half an hour to get everybody onto the next site. I'll check it out later. They have a website. My friend told me he got Harry Potter jellybeans as a gift. Maybe he got it from there. For those of you who are not familiar with Harry Potter Jellybelly Jellybeans, the flavors entail: dirt, vomit, grass, etc. I would be afraid of tasting the vomit one.

KATZ'S DELI

The famous "When Harry Met Sally Scene," where Meg Ryan fakes it. They opened in 1888. I was amazed to hear that they produce 5,000 lbs. of corned beef a week, and an unusually amount of hot dogs.

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