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Guss' Pickles is now one of the last purveyors of pickles on Manhattan's Lower East Side. However, at the height of their popularity, there were countless pickle vendors in the area. Pickle selling was often a first business for immigrants: cheap rental of pushcarts and the large market for pickles meant that anyone willing to work long hours could not only earn a profit, but eventually buy their own cart or even open a shop.
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In the 17th Century, Dutch dealers sold pickled Brooklyn cucumbers at markets throughout Manhattan. Amerigo Vespucci, explorer and namesake of the Americas, outfitted his ships with pickles to protect his crew from scurvy.
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