Bodega

Bodegas Fight Back Against ’15-Minute’ Delivery Apps with Help from CM Marte

Posted January 10, 2022 at 5:01 am

While chain stores and rising rents are usually what forces out mom-n-pop shops like bodegas, a new threat has suddenly emerged. As previously reported, grocers promising fifteen-minute home delivery for their app customers are turning storefronts into mini-warehouses stocked with goods that an algorithm predicts locals will want. “Dark stores” or “ghost stores,” as they […]

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Old Pickle Guys Spot on Essex Street Reanimated as Bodega

Posted December 29, 2021 at 5:02 am

From brine to bodega on Essex Street. The unique, ramp accessible store that previously hosted the Pickle Guys is finally revived. Not as another pickle spot, but a bodega. You’ll recall that the sub-grade space at 49 Essex has been vacant since 2016, when the pickle purveyors relocated across the street after more than fourteen […]

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Suspect Wanted for Face Punch of 77-Year-Old in Rivington Street Bodega

Posted December 22, 2021 at 5:03 am

Police are looking for a suspect wanted for assaulting a 77-year-old man inside a Lower East Side bodega last week. At noontime on December 15, the attacker approached his victim inside the bodega at 161 Rivington Street, and both became involved in a verbal dispute, police said. As the men headed toward the front door, […]

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‘Citi Bites’ Takes Hell Square Corner

Last modified October 19, 2021 at 1:19 pm

Another fast food option is coming to Hell Square. Citi Bites, not Citi Bikes, is described as a “modern deli,” this month signed a lease for the 2,000 square-foot cornershop at 101 Stanton Street. It takes the place of the former Prema hair salon which closed earlier this year. The bodega business reportedly agreed to […]

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Brute Beats Elderly Man, Steals Cane at East Broadway Bodega

Posted June 18, 2021 at 5:07 am

A mugger punched an 82-year-old man in the head and stole his cane at a Lower East Side bodega earlier this week. The elderly victim was inside the Big Apple Food Market on Clinton Street, near East Broadway, at around 6:20am this past Wednesday. As the man was buying a cup of coffee, a stranger […]

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Robbers Steal Beer, Beat Bodega Clerk with Baseball Bat on Grand Street

Posted June 10, 2021 at 5:00 am

Two robbers on Grand Street last week stole a case of beer before beating the clerk with a baseball bat, police said. The suspects entered the Deli and Grill Bodega at 523 Grand Street (near Columbia Street) at 4:55am last Friday, and then left with a five-finger-discounted case of Coors Light. The 65-year-old bodega clerk, […]

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Upset at Broken Bodega Lotto Machine, Man Pummels Clerk with ‘Wet Floor’ Sign on Canal Street

Posted February 2, 2021 at 5:02 am

A man pummeled a bodega clerk on Canal Street after an altercation over a broken Lotto machine, police said Friday as they released video of the attack. The attacker began fighting with the worker inside the store – situated at Canal and Orchard Streets – at 2:15am on January 24. The customer was apparently angry […]

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East Village Finest, in the Heart of Hell Square

Posted December 28, 2020 at 5:03 am

East Village Finest, albeit in the heart of Hell Square. Indeed, another area bodega just debuted at the southeast corner of Ludlow and Stanton Streets. East Village Finest, which is a deli, grocery, and smoke shop rolled into one. Packaged with a misnomer of a name (and spelling errors). You’ll recall that Yumi Kim formerly […]

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East Broadway Bodega Held up at Gunpoint

Posted August 12, 2020 at 5:08 am

Two men held up a Lower East Side bodega at gunpoint this past Friday, police said. The suspects – described as African American males – entered the He Xie Grocery at 154 East Broadway at approximately 6:47pm, drawing firearms and demanding cash. They made off with $1,500, and fled on a moped. Surveillance video from the […]

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Man Slashed While Stepping Between Girlfriend and Knife-Wielding Ogler

Posted June 17, 2020 at 5:00 am

A man was slashed in the hand early yesterday morning after stepping between his girlfriend and an aggressive ogler, police said. Shortly after midnight, an unidentified male got into an argument with a woman at the southeast corner of Allen and Stanton Streets. Then he started “coming onto her,” according to the police report. When […]

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