NYC Butcher Shop Frozen in Time

On the edge of Manhattan’s Little Italy is a butcher shop that’s been almost frozen in time since it opened in 1923. and a fourth employee at Albanese Meat & Poultry. “I should charge an admission fee because so many people come and they’re like, ‘Is this real?'”

Albanese Meat & Poultry, on Elizabeth Street in Little Italy.

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Prezioso is following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Mo, and before him, her great-grandparents. After that, this is where you came for fresh meat. “This whole block was full of butchers,” she told reporter Mo Rocca. “They used to sell cattle on Canal Street.”

Jennifer Prezioso became an apprentice butcher under her grandfather, Mo Albanese.

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Albany’s Meat & Poultry, which turns 100 next year, is the only butcher left on the block.

Anne Debonis has been coming here since she was a child. “You come here and you think of old times,” she said.

If this sounds like the set of a TV show, well, it is playing a Jewish butcher shop on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

In fact, Prezioso was acting on stage when Grandpa Mo started slowing down, and he stepped in to help: “He was like, ‘Well, I thought you wanted to act, like, that’s what you’re doing. like to do. And I was like, ‘I do. But I also love being here and telling our story every day.'”

What started as taking his grandfather to work turned into an apprenticeship. And then, Moe raised the question: “He said, ‘So, when I die, are you going to take over the store?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, I think I could do it.'”

Rocca asked, “Were you thinking about it, or did it just jump out at you all of a sudden?”

“I think maybe a little bit of both.”

Jennifer Prezioso takes over her grandfather Mo’s butcher shop.

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In April 2020, Mo Albanese died of COVID at the age of 96. “You’re never sure you have enough time with the people you love,” Prezioso said.

And so today Prezioso runs the shop alone. like.

“I think he’s very grumpy up there, like, waiting, [claps], ‘let’s go! come on! What are we doing?’ I feel excited for what is to come. And we have a new lease on the store, so we’re going to be here for a few more years. And I’m looking forward to it too.”

Today, Jennifer Prezioso runs Albanian Meat & Poultry, a small Italian establishment that will soon mark its 100th year.

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