Last week there was an article that was going around that some tech gurus were considering replacing New York’s iconic bodegas with a vending machine style of business. This got some traction on twitter and naturally I chimed in with less than 140 characters;
I have always been a fan of locally owned joints over chain establishments. Not only do you keep someone in business you also better service and have a better experience. Now I am not going to debate the whole “is it a bodega, a deli, or a corner grocery” that has gone on for years. According to Google a bodega has the following items in it;
- A Bodega Cat hanging around the store
- Dusty ass grocery items on the shelves
- Individually sold items that aren’t really supposed to be sold (ie single cigarettes, sleeves of crackers, hostess cupcakes)
- Very strange and general items (ie pantyhose, household items)
- Nothing organic or Vegan (my kind of store)
Ms Lee runs the Bodega down the street from our apartment. She is a very friendly woman and has a pretty good Sausage, Egg and Cheese on a roll that I get on the weekends. You almost feel like you have to support her as she works 6 days a week from morning to night. It is where I get my weekly flowers for momma, an occasional diet coke and if I need to overpay for some Bud Light she is my girl.
Here is the store on E74th street and 1st Ave
If you need any kindling for a fireplace I got the place
Raul is what I can imagine a contract employee who runs the flowers
The Soft Drink cooler
Not the best prices on produce as compared to the street vendors but that is cool
Here is where the Ass Rape occurs. $10.00 a 6 pack
I think the only reason that they carry all the seasonings is because Nino’s is nearby and they run out of stuff.
She does keep a tidy store
Deli and Flat Top for Food Orders (yeah I guess it can be considered a corner grocery store but it hits all the bodega check lists)
Notice how they keep the Candy on the lower shelves? That is so the kids can see it
Mrs. Lee wasn’t feeling it for the picture
Go support Local!