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Battle of the Bag Tax: Bodega Workers Have Mixed Feelings About Five-Cent Fee

Deli on Franklin Avenue in Greenpoint (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Deli on Franklin Avenue in Greenpoint (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Last week, our Seattle-bred writer told New Yorkers to stop being babies about the five-cent fee that the City Council had voted to impose for the use of plastic takeout bags. That plea fell on deaf ears, because on Tuesday, Governor Cuomo blocked implementation of the Bring Your Own Bag Law for at least a year. The Lower East Side’s own Margaret Chin was among those who dropped a W-T-F bomb, insisting that “carryout bag fees are the right policy” and that Cuomo’s move had quashed a measure that she and her colleagues in City Council had “democratically adopted” after slogging through “two years of hearings, reviewing evidence, reusable bag giveaways, and public debate.”

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Grate Show of Support as Yemeni Bodega Owners Strike Across NYC

(Photo: Jamieson Baker/Instagram)

(Photo: Jamieson Baker/Instagram)

By now you’ve seen the photos of the crowd of Yemeni business owners and supporters massed at Brooklyn Borough Hall to protest President Trump’s travel ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. You’ve seen the signs of “BODEGA CATS GRAB BACK.” While all that went down, New Yorkers were leaving messages of solidarity on shuttered businesses.

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Our Loving Tribute to the Bodega Kitty Who Was Cat-Shamed on Yelp

SK Deli + Star

Earlier this week a bodega cat named Star became an actual star after a Yelp reviewer called out S.K. Deli Market, in the East Village: “To my dismay there was a cat, perched upon some cases of Budweiser in the middle of the store!!” Um, yeah. They’re called bodega cats, and there’s a whole site dedicated to loving portraits of them. You can even buy pins of them.

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Caught Between Two Worlds in Bushwick

(Photos: Joshua Kristal)

(Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Jazz is floating through my window and it’s coming from the taqueria across the street. At Mesa Azeteca, there’s live jazz on Thursdays and mariachis on Fridays. Welcome to Bushwick, 2013.

The restaurant sits on Wyckoff Avenue near Hart Street, which has become a clear dividing line between two different worlds. Keep Reading »

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7-Eleven Just Doesn’t Get That ‘This Is a Gritty Community By Choice’

Folks sure seem to feel strongly about the 7-Eleven bound for Avenue A. (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Folks sure seem to feel strongly about the 7-Eleven bound for Avenue A. (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

A 7-Eleven opens once every three hours, according to Scott Teachenor, market manager for 150 of them around the city and Long Island. “We’re the largest retailer in the world,” he told residents of the Seward Park Housing Co-Op last night. “I’m kinda proud of that.”

At a sometimes contentious meeting to discuss the store’s second Lower East Side branch — slated to open next month at 403 Grand Street — co-op residents raised questions about everything from late-night robberies to the Kelvin temperature of the store’s light bulbs.
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