The goal of the New York Oyster Lovers Meetup is to learn about oysters and share our knowledge so we can better appreciate these beautiful bivalves. It’s our objective to educate members not only on oyster varieties through tastings, but the oysters’ cultural, historical, and scientific significance as well. To that end, we’ll update members about news, exhibitions, and events related to oysters.
Oysters and New York City have a long, long history. They were a bountiful food source for Native Americans; oyster beds covered 350 square miles of the lower Hudson estuary when the Dutch settled in what was New Amsterdam. In the days when they were plentiful, oysters were an economic engine that drove the city’s growth and consumed by the rich and poor, alike. Alas, this natural resource was depleted by 1920s.
We’re fortunate to be in the midst of an oyster resurgence as evidenced by the varieties available in the market, reflecting the labor of enterprising oyster farmers to enhance what Mother Nature gave us.
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