Katz’s Delicatessen

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A living institution that looks like it is straight out of central casting, Katz’s Delicatessen has been a family-run establishment since it opened, 1888, on Ludlow Street as Iceland Brothers deli. It took its present name after the turn of the century and moved to its current location, on the corner of Houston and Ludlow, during the construction of the subway. Katz’s also seems to be surviving the boom in construction that has blanketed the Lower East Side in apartment towers over the past few years. High-rises apparently are no match for its legendary pastrami. This drawing, by the way, is as unique as its sandwiches. I made it while being interviewed live for The New York Times’s Facebook stream. The video is here. (205 E. Houston St., at Ludlow St. 212-254-2246)

Signed fine art Giclee prints on museum-quality, one-quarter-cotton 280 gsm paper with archival inks are available in two sizes:

5 x 7 for $55
9 x 12 for $95

Editions are strictly limited to 365 copies, and each annotated print is a beautiful reminder that our days are numbered.

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