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Lower Manhatten makes me......(very very long post)

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Lower Manhatten makes me......(very very long post)

Egg | Aug 27, 2002 09:14 PM

...in love with New York City all over again but....makes me cry nontheless. Wow. I moved down here recently (in May, from the West Village) and it's kind of a sad case. Not the location--I love it--but the food/store selections are somewhat dismal. There's Jubilee: fairly good for cereal, bread, dairy (but not cheese,) and Asian food products (even though no one, seriously, didn't have a clue as to what Bonito Flakes were. I asked five employees. Yikes. Nor did they have any) Produce is hit or miss which is pretty much true of most NY markets regardless of location, imho. However, I was impressed by the care of the fishmonger/sales person. Under ice, fairly priced, it seemed, he was willing to answer questions and most forthcoming. Then there's Zeytuna. Again, some good, some not so good goods. Better cheese selection though. But I've had to check the dates fairly carefully. And their produce is always wet. Why do they keep it in that horrible wet room? And ditto for the "Amish" market at Battery Park. What's up with that? Same story. Wet produce, not very good bread, etc.) And for the everyday: There's Gristede's, Gristede's II or JJ's in BPC. They're all terrible. Forget how awful the help is, which is truly poor, among the worst I've ever experienced in the city, they have nothing to offer in the way of food. This seems the place to buy your toilet paper, window cleaner, canned goods, etc. (But go early, you don't want to deal the help after 11am.) I find myself hopping the N/R to the Greenmarket at Union Square 3x's per week. It's a very short jaunt. Getting a better deal, better prices, etc. I've tried the "Greenmarket" at Bowling Green. Uh, excuse me....this is not a greenmarket. Flowers and packaged cookies? I think not. This is truly sad. Why can't we have a real greenmarket here instead of a "greenmarket" that caters to tourists looking for an "experience?" I apologize in advance not only for my spelling errors but for my attitude. I dunno. Why doesn't Lower Manhatten have a market, farmer's or not, that caters to the residents without gouging them for a head of lettuce? Do I need to try to open one myself?

Thanks to those of you who have read this entire post. Again, I do apologize for the length. Just venting. I do love New York. And especially Lower Manhatten. I just wish there were some food options down here.......

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