The Lower East Side has changed in myriad ways over the past decade, some encouraging, some lamentable, some downright inappropriate. This particular change can be filed under inappropriate.
This narrow building on Ludlow Street just below Rivington is now home to the ludicrously named Chickie Pig's, a brick-oven pizza joint. Fine. Chickie has to operate somewhere, I guess. But its place of business was very obviously some place of Jewish observance in the past, based on the prominent Hebrew words carved just about the storefront, and the Jewish star on the top of the building. In fact, it was a Chevra Kadisha, a burial society that cleaned and washed the Jewish dead before burial. (Cue shudder here.)
And here it is in 2008 with the name "Piggie" on it! Not only that, but a sign shaped in the likeness of a big ol' hog! I wonder it the pizzaiolos are haunted by kosher-keeping spirits every Friday night.