4. The event is good for the world
This event isn’t just good for oyster-loving bellies, it’s also great for the environment. Why? Well, Billion Oyster Project was in attendance, which means that every single shucked shell was set aside, trucked off to a facility in Staten Island, will be cured for a year, and will later be distributed into the bays and sounds around NY. These shells will be commandeered by tons of tiny oyster larvae as a place to chill, absorb nutrients, and grow their own shells (otherwise most would sink into the sand and die). But more oysters don’t just mean more raw bar fun -- an adult oyster can filter as much as 50 gallons of sea water each day, giving us all cleaner water. Now if only they filtered dirty dishes.
5. There were 20,000 oysters served
For real. According to Kevin Joseph, at Empire Oyster, more mollusks were served in three hours here than Grand Central Oyster Bar does in an entire weekend. But if those numbers don’t impress you, perhaps these will: