Plus! Subway Disaster Poll results!! New classifieds section!!!
Another fantastic Monday morning Cafe Anne! The one major thing i learned back in journalism school was that everyone has a story....and NYC is filled with so many of them. The human interest pieces are so fascinating. Kudos to Marianna and Bryan for zipping around Brooklyn. That is not an easy gig.
Thanks Anne for bringing to life these two remarkable individuals who do the super human difficult job of delivering food and other things in NYC.
That quarter tip at the door is dire. Kudos to Mr. Joseph for resisting single combat.
Unfortunately, I can relate to getting bounced by a car while biking. The standard line is switching from running to cycling for your health, but I went the other way. I can, however, advocate Lumos helmets soaking up impact.
Very eye-opening. I was a working mother with a 9-5 job and thought it was difficult. Marianna is super human and makes me embarrassed to have complained about being overworked. I look forward to your Monday morning Cafe Anne and you always deliver. Thanks.
Anne! Did I ever tell you I worked in final mile logistics at my last startup? We were DEEP in all things transportation for delivery drivers! These two examples are testament that commerce, the way we experience it, rests on these amazing individuals! I’m so glad they get a feature this week to humanize this little slice of the American supply chain beyond a P&L! 🧡
“One highlight: a surprise visit from reader Stephen Black in Toledo, Ohio who came by last year to install a flock of AR bagels in my living room.”
That photo of the floating bagels amongst the “we few, we happy few, we band of brothers (and sisters)” of Café Anne is a view of paradise! Howwwwww coooooool!!!
Anne, did you serve “canapes ala Aharon” to the community? Aharon missed his moment to be served and eaten, by unsuspecting, discriminating NYC denizens, that night at Mehran’s Steakhouse; he could have been an appetizer, “Aharon Tartar.”
"I also want to say this," he said finally. "This is a bottom-of-the-barrel type of job. Nobody really wants to do this. You get hit by a car, you cripple yourself, there will always be someone to replace me."
Wow...I have no jokes for that wisdom...if there is justice in the Universe, I hope it would rain down justice on all of the struggling good people, like Mr. Joseph, who deserve justice and peace of mind. They abide and they endure... https://youtu.be/5rlFiEe6S24?si=rqoCqm-HmXf0kV17
wow in this one A.K. (the BEST intitials by the way!) you channel your inner Studs Terkel interviewing these "working" people in a way which brings out the best in them, all of us. As for the 30 people in a one bedroom apartment and what cudda gone wrong: there cudda been a 31st and i would have cornered Jillian and begged her to research and publish Daniel Ellsburg's psychiatrist's notes or at very least Chuck Colson's or "burglar #2". heh. If i were allowed only one Substack to bring to a desert island it would be this one....condiment? hmmmmmmmmm devil dogs
you can restack this with post but i get a cut
Loved this, Anne! Years ago, when I was doing a lot more journalism, I interviewed Harry Campbell a few times about ride/share drivers. He’s such a great resource for understanding the people who work in delivery and ride/share. Anyway, it was cool to see his name pop up in Cafe Anne!
But back to this report! Thank you so much for tracking down some delivery people. I never get to speak with them because they’re always in a hurry. It was fascinating to hear how they think about their work and how much they enjoy it, even though the pay is low, it’s a grind, and it’s dangerous. I hope you can follow up with Bryan and Marianna at a later date. I wanna know how things are going for them!
Also, I’m really loving the classified ads. They’re such a perfect addition to Cafe Anne.
Truly amazing individuals. Like the saying goes, If you can make it in NY, you can make it anywhere.
So much great stuff. So many great people! These are the Americans I need to hear more about! Thanks 🙏🏼
Gosh, I loved this issue so much. (And not because my animated hands are featured in one of the pictures with bagels floating over my head 😂)
I have so much respect for delivery workers. It's such a tough job--they deserve the post office's tagline. "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."
And people tip them a penny?! You've got to be kidding! (I know you're not, sadly.)
"Mr. Joseph, who rides an electric or fixed-gear bike with no brakes...."
How does he stop?
Fascinating delivery stories. Enjoying a new Instagram account thanks.
Wonderful post, Anne, what incredible people.
Wow, Anne! Those were two fantastic profiles of the Uber Eats delivery people, I mean Mr. Joseph and Ms. Suleman. I feel priviledged to have met them; sincerest thanks! I can't help but wonder what delivery people in Paris, or someplace closer to home have to say. My neighbor is on vaca in France and I need to go snap her "chat" to reassure her she's still alive. Delivering on a bike in a city is seriously hard!