On October 10, 2010 as part of the Conflux Festival, an intrepid dozen (or so) of yellow-clad adventurers took the streets to commemorate an all-but-forgotten history of the Lower East Side. Second Avenue between 14th Street and Houston Street was once known as Knish Alley. Yiddish Theaters covered the mile-long strip. And Yiddish actors and theater-goers had to eat. Thus the prevalence of kosher dairy eateries that featured, you guessed it, knishes in spades.
The Second Avenue Deli has since migrated uptown, but whiffs of the past remain. This processional began at a park named for its slain founder, Abe Lebewohl; progressed uptown to a movie theater that still sports a Star of David on the ceiling of its main theater and concluded at the former site of the Second Avenue Deli, now a Chase bank, whose sidewalk still boasts the easy-to-overlook Yiddish Actors Walk of Fame.