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OYSTERS USED TO COST A PENNY IN NYC

Oysters used to be everywhere in NYC. Rich people ate them, poor people at them, the middle class ate them. Throughout most of New York's history, oysters were incredibly cheap. You could get all you could eat for 6 cents, an entire plate for less than what a hot dog cost, at a time when a single out- of-season strawberry cost 50 cents.

Everyone at oysters. For more than a century, the oysters pulled from New York waters, especially from the East River and around Staten Island, were prized by connoisseurs as the finest in the world. They were shipped to top restaurants in Paris and London, and once the Erie Canal was completed in 1825 and railroad links were established soon after, they were sent to western destinations in the expanding territory of the United States.



Oysters were like seashells on the shore in 1800s NYC. There were many more types than there are now and they were so plentiful ordinary people could go to the beach and collect their own oysters if they wanted to. Blue Points, Saddle Rocks, Rockaways, Lynnhavens, Cape Cods, Buzzard Bays, Cotuits, Shrewsburys—raw on the half shell. Fried oysters, oyster pie, oyster patties, oyster box stew, Oysters Pompadour, Oysters Algonquin, Oysters a la Netherland, a la Newberg, a la Poulette, oysters roasted on toast, broiled in shell, served with cocktail sauce, stewed in milk or cream, fried with bacon, escalloped, fricasseed, and pickled. Oysters were the foundation of almost every NYC restuarant or food street merchant.



Before there were hot dog carts on the corners, there were oyster carts on the streets. Oysters were also sold off boats tied up along the canals. You basically couldn’t throw an oyster shell without hitting another oyster vendor.

Oysters were also much bigger back then. When Henry Hudson first sailed into the river that would one day bear his name, the Lenape people had long been plucking its supple oyster beds. Archaeological evidence gathered from tremendous mounds of oyster shells called “middens” indicates that the New York Harbor oysters were not only plentiful, they were much larger than the kind familiar to us today. Harbor oyster shells from these middens measured up to 10 inches, and early European travellers describe the shellfish as being about a foot in length.

By the end of the 1800s the oysters were all gone from NYC and Oyters became a luxury for rich people. Some of this was due to overfarming but what really killed the Oysters in NYC was pollution that the illuminati put into the water system to kill the Oysters. The illuminati hated that New Yorkers had such a cheap nutritious source of protein that they could literally pick out the water themselves.



The illuminati completely destroyed the oysters in NYC. As the illuminati Mob took over NYC in the 1800s, the oysters began to be more and more over harvested and shipped off to Europe while pollution and filth were allowed to flow into the oyster fields creating massive oyster die offs. Illuminati pollution and over-harvesting killed the enitre oyster industry in in New York, a surprising feat considering that the lower Hudson estuary once had 350 square miles of oyster beds and some biologists estimate that the New York Harbor contained half of the the world’s oysters.



NYC oysters never produced pearls, a market the illuminati loves to come in and monopolize, so at first the oyster market was safe in America. The original dutch settlers of NYC even called Ellis and Liberty islands “Great Oyster Island” and “Little Oyster Island” because of the sprawling oyster beds surrounding them. Pearl Street, once a waterfront road, was named for a midden and later even paved with oyster shells. Early in New York history, the oyster became world-renowned.

Before the 20th century, when people thought of New York, they thought of oysters. This is what New York was to the world—a great oceangoing port where people ate succulent local oysters from their harbor. Visitors looked forward to trying them. New Yorkers ate them constantly. They also sold them by the millions. The combination of having reputably the best oysters in the world in what had become unarguably the greatest port in the world made New York City for an entire century the world’s oyster capital.”

Charles Dickens, during his American sojourn, was one of those foreign visitors who made it a point to stop at the city’s oyster cellars, which advertised “Oysters in Every Style”. Dickens even commented on the “wonderful cookery of oysters” within New York City.

Street vending of oysters, along with hot corn, peanuts, and buns, was part of New York’s regular food distribution system. While visiting New York in the 1790s, the Frenchman Moreau de St. Mery commented, “Americans have a passion for oysters, which they eat at all hours, even in the streets.” Oysters were regular fare at cheap eateries, and it was claimed that the very poorest New Yorkers “had no other subsistence than oysters and bread.”1 Fortunately, oysters are nutritious—rich in protein, phosphorus, iodine, calcium, iron, and vitamins A, B, and C.

Not only did the oysters offer cheap free protein for the people of NYC, they also filtered all the water in NY Harbor reducing pollution thorughout the New York. Though the original oyster population was capable of filtering all of the the water in New York Harbor in a matter of days, it was not an unlimited resource.



Manhattan in the late 1700s was still primarily undeveloped. In the 1800s, the green parts of Manhattan were paved over and the industrial city grew on top. In order to add more land, garbage was used to create more room for the city's industrialization. This was a time of explosive growth: as demand for land grew, the city began selling “water lots” along the shore, where daring entrepreneurs could create their own plots. Sometimes, engineers would sink entire ships to create a solid foundation to be filled in with garbage and then built upon. By 1900, the original footprint of the city had expanded outwards by almost 1,000 feet on each side -- all of that was due to building on garbage and the garbage was all literally on the banks of Manhattan bleeding into the Hudson.



Building Manhattan literally on garbage lead to massive amounts of pollution in the water ways around NYC. The illuminati realized what they were destroying the environment of NYC but they didn't care. All they cared about was making more money selling land in Manhattan. Whether that land was really garbage landfills didn't matter. That the garbage was leaking out in the water ways and killing all the oysters didn't matter. They actually wanted all the oysters to die so that only rich people would be able to afford them.

In the 1890s the illuminati put the final knife into the heart of NY's oyster farming by radically expanding Ellis Island's size by using more landfill and trash. Currently, Ellis Island sits on almost 28 acres. Originally, it was 3.3. Those 24 extra acres were created using landfill beginning in the 1890s. Most of the trash to expand Ellis Island came from New Jersey which is why New Jersey officially controls most of Ellis Island but New York claims the original 3.3 acre island. Ellis Island had been named the "Great Oyster Island" by the Dutch when they settled NYC. It was a key part of the oyster ecosystem. When the illuminati made it "trash island" with New Jersey trash, all the oysters died.



Manhattan added over 60 acres to its land area with landfill building in the 1800s. By 1927 the pollution was so great the last of the New York oyster beds was closed, because of toxicity. The great oyster tradition of NYC was over and soon buried by the illuminati.

Building on trash was a horrible way to build. The rats grew so numerous and so large that the New York imported dogs in an effort to eliminate the rats. The dogs were not fed by the authorities but lived soley on the rats. Despite this, . . . the rats continued to multiply. . . . Gases . . . were constantly exploding through the soil covering and bursting into flames . . . in the summer the ground resembled a sea of small volcanos, all breathing smoke and flames. . . . Now imagine all that nastiness running into the water and you can understand why the oysters died off so quickly.

Without oysters, New York Harbor’s ecosystem lacks a crucial element. Each adult oyster can filter dozens of gallons of water each day, and an oyster bed can reduce the force of waves on wetlands, protecting the coast from erosion. An oyster bed is also an important habitat f or species of fish that live in the small spaces between the oysters, Mr. McLaughlin said. “Think of them as a condominium.”

There was also a species of turtle the terrapin which lived off the oysters. The turtles also used to be sold in NYC at both high end restaurants and pubs. When the illuminati killed off all the oysters, the terrapin turtles died off as well.

New York’s oysters were too polluted to eat by 1927, and pollution only increased in subsequent years. It was not until after 1972’s Clean Water Act that any improvements were seen, but the oysters are still not edible almost 40 years after the passage of that act. Dredging stirs up centuries worth of pollution lying thickly upon the harbor floor. But one thing is certain, replacing the oyster beds will only help aid the rehabilitation of the harbor. Oysters can quickly cleanse organic wastes from the water. Major efforts to restore New York’s oyster population are underway.