I just got this message from the Tenement Museum on 97 Orchard St.:
Tenement Tid-Bits | March 2002
Guss': In A Pickle Pickles are a time-honored treat. Cleopatra and Julius Caesar enjoyed munching on a crunchy pickle. Amerigo Vespucci, explorer and namesake of the Americas, outfitted his ships with pickles to protect his crew from scurvy. Thomas Jefferson was known to wax rhapsodic about spiced pickle. "On a hot day in Virginia," Jefferson once declared, "I know of nothing more comforting than a fine spiced pickle."
Of course, pickles are best known as a New York delicacy. The Dutch first introduced New York to the pickle in the 17th Century. By the late 19th Century, pickles had become an essential part of life in the city and on the Lower East Side.
Indeed, for many immigrants, pickles were not just a cheap and tasty snack; they were also a business opportunity. Izzy Guss, owner and founder of Guss' Pickles, was one of the many pickle vendors who populated the Lower East Side during the early to mid- 1900s. Now owned by Tim Baker, who started working with Guss as a teenager, Guss' Pickles is the only remaining pickle shop in the area. Recently displaced from its home on Essex Street, Guss' Pickles has taken up temporary residence in front of the Tenement Museum. The Museum is proud to keep this tradition alive...and have such a great snack so close to our office!
If you click on in the Guss' Pickles section of the website, you'll see a nice history piece.