Plus! Weird Trash!! Eighth Avenue Delivery Guy Mystery!!!
That's some delightful Sherlocking! I had a similar moment in the little Lithuanian town (10K inhabitants) I went to to visit some family over Easter holiday. I was surprised to see a group of like 10+ Sikh guys hanging around in front of some house that was previosuly unoccupied. I first thought they cam to celebrate a wedding or something similar (it's rare to see folk that are non-white in smaller Lithuanian towns). But apparently they were all their studying for their truck drivers license! As there's a shortage of drivers in this part of the world, they're bringing in folk from India, Cameroon and other places. And then I remembered reading that something like half of all truck drivers in California were Sikhs as well.
I'm so pleased to know that there will be some kind of rest hubs for delivery workers!! Very much needed here in the city, especially as public restrooms can be pretty scarce...
Another delightful Monday
(1) Peeling -- I wonder how many of your peeling analysis staff will pompously reply to "What do you do with your time?" -- I do some volunteer work in my spare time.
(2) Trash Heap photo comes alive with your commentary – recommendation for a topic – have readers FREELY ADMIT something THEY have in their home or storage that they NEVER USE yet lack the fortitude to throw away -- I have a dishwasher -- ugh
(3) 8th Avenue – A master class in why I love that my phone can actively translate languages even into my earbuds! Reply to them in their native language even! Another killer app. Haven’t been on a GrayLine Tour in 25 years!
(4) Snack Survey – Mustafa has the most ingenious inventory system stocking the pregnancy tests and cigarettes together and just above the sex aids.
Anne! Above mentioned Janie here - thank you for (1) investigating (a thrill in and of itself) and (2) vindicating my initial suspicion that 'a lot of restaurants' was not what made this particular stretch remarkable or amenable as a delivery guy gathering spot.
omg jillian's thing on beatrix potter's notes this week is pure joy...as are the 2 wild n crazy and deceptively hard working guys you note...this space here is valued equally
needless to say
the reflection of a truly good soul
with the Universal appeal of yup barbecue lays potato chips!
So many varieties of Nutella-snacks in our bodegas! Who knew?! Nutella would go really well with that banana too...now all I can think about is Nutella! Thanks Anne 😂
Also, forget the rower. I’m going straight for the coin-op pony ride!
Also, thanks for mentioning my Alex/Michael interview! It was so fun.
“Yes, it’s a rowing machine and a coin-op kiddy ride…so in a fit of disgust you toss them both out to the curb? I hate it when that happens.”
OMG, if the execs at Peloton are reading this they may come out with a coin operated pony ride with a screen on it!! It may save the company...I’d buy one!
1. Lou is correct. The other bodega employees need to try harder. I discovered these living in Germany in the 80s, and they still hold up. Also, the guy who ate all the BBQ chips!??!! So awesome. He is my friend.
2. Also, how amazing is it that none of them spoke English, yet the smartphone app still allowed the interview to take place and you confirmed the real answer? We're living in the magical future!
thats an understatement
for sure....you should see the stuff they leave out by road in MY neighborhood
id take a pic but these phantoms grab it so quick you cant get image!
Love it, Anne!
Those $5 Kinder bars cost round £0.60 in my local supermarket. I'm going to have to save up a lot more before returning to NYC.
Pretzels with nutella?!!! I don't think we have them in Australia, but I'm gonna DIY the hell outta that!!
Mystery on Eighth Avenue = It takes a village.
Great sleuthing and another engaging read.
I thought on first glance, when I saw the man holding a bag with the words ‘Sausalito’ and ‘Milk Chocolate’ on its front that he was eating chocolate sausages. That would have been weird! To an oldie like me here in England, a sausage is made from minced pork and rusks, then cooked in an oven (which I do) or in a frying pan (they are also deep fried). Fast food takeaways also cook them covered in batter. Maybe in New York you can buy cooked meat covered in chocolate? Thanks for the thought Anne. Regards Robert 🐰
This is all so great, Anne!
That is some great investigating! I also noticed that a lot of delivery guys hangout on street/sidewalk of 8th Ave between 43rd and 44th. Right when the dinner rush starts. That area of Hells Kitchen has so many restaurants/fast food joints which makes sense for these guys. Another great Cafe Anne.