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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Greengrocer

One of the best things about New York City are the conveniences. The density, variety and operating hours of businesses are amazing - and nothing typifies this better than the NYC Greengrocer. Our version (originally a British term) has expanded the concept. Primarily Korean-owned, there are nearly 2000 of these in the city, and all are open 24/7 - they never close, even for major holidays. And the selection at some of the larger ones, like that in the photo, is absolutely astounding. These places are studies in optimal use of space. There is produce, dairy, beverages, beer, snacks, an extensive selection of hot and cold food, a deli section, household products, drugstore items, flowers, newspapers, an ATM, etc. The one in the photo, Space Market on University Place in Greenwich Village, has a frozen food section that rivals some supermarkets - virtually every product group is represented. As these establishments have grown larger and required going beyond employment of family members, there have been efforts to improve treatment of minority employees. I personally am very appreciative of the tireless efforts of all the workers to provide this level of service...

14 comments:

anne said...

Hi Brian! Wow they are open 24/7?? Their overhead must shoot up the roof! But it's good to know whenever you need anything you can just drop by these stores and you can buy them right away :)

p.s. I wasn't able to visit for quite a while and I have enjoyed all your recent post. I love seeing NY through your eyes! Keep your photos coming!

Kate said...

Great photos and great fun to see!

luggi said...

"The on-going investigation uncovered that workers were averaging 72-hour work-weeks, and earning between $3 - $4 per hour, with no overtime."

Make sure to look for the Code of Conduct seal!

Irredento Urbanita said...

I rather prefer a place like this than a mc donalds, it´s neccesary for us tu come back to the natural and essencial food.

Greetings from Perú.

Kris said...

i've always appreciate such type of shop. They are dependable in time of need ..but we dont have any here!

John Nez said...

I used to love going through Balducci's down on 14th street.
It was like a Museum of Food... only it seemed the prices were lots higher there.

Of course I have yet to find anything remotely similar to a true 'deli' like Balducci's or Zabar's here in Seattle. Even the famed Pike Place Market is pale in comparison.

Why just have 'cheese' when you can have 240 different kinds of cheddar and 78 different kinds of swiss cheese?

outlaw bitch said...

you take amazing photos

Louise said...

What a great shop to visit. I agree with Outlaw- your photos and descriptions continue to be amazing. Thank you.

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