Monday, February 28, 2011

☞ SHOP: The Manhattan Chicken Market

There's an old live poultry market over on Amsterdam Avenue that's been in the business since the 1930's but we didn't realize that there was another such establishment over in East Harlem.  Just west of Second Avenue, the small shop at 248 East 117th Street first caught our eye because of the old hand painted signage and miniature marquee.  Upon closer inspection, we found that live chickens were indeed sold on site and so there are definitely two of such poultry shops in Harlem.  Check out our past post on La Granja on West 126th Street to see the archival photo on file: LINK


  1. Interesting mash up of Muslim and Latino culture: "Hallal-Vivero." "Hallal" is also not the most common way to spell it... the Times Cityroom blog did a story on these kinds of places in 08:

  2. "Hallal" or "Halall" or "Halal"--it really doesn't matter, since this is just an approximation of the Arabic sounds that produce the word. There's no x-to-y connection between Arabic letters and the letters we use. That's why you see multiple spellings of hummus/hummos/hommos, for example.

  3. I don't know if you've been in these places, but for the animals this is no picnic.