Delivery is wonderful, wonderful thing. I would never think of disparaging it. In fact, as I’ve written before, delivery is one of the best things about New York City.
Judging by the vast selection of delivery menus that are shoved under my door, my neighbor is also fond of delivery.
But I had no idea how committed he is to delivery until I got home today and saw a massive pile of empty Fresh Direct boxes in the hall.
Most places this would not be noteworthy. Grocery stores are usually a few miles away, and in places like New York where people don’t drive, grocery shopping can be a real hassle. That is not the case for my neighbor, who I happen to know lives very close to a grocery store. In fact, his building might have the best access to groceries of anywhere in the country.
The map below shows the apartment location (red dot) and the location of all of the grocery stores within ¼ mile (green dots). As you can see, there is a Trader Joe’s across the street, a Whole Food’s about 300 yards away, a giant, 9-5 Farmer’s Market that operates 4 days-per-week in the park and a Food Emporium grocery store in the building.
If he wants expensive organic food, he’s got it. Slightly cheaper organic food? That’s available too. If he’s into locally produced food, the farmer’s market carries everything, even beef, lamb, goat and seafood. Or if he is just into normal-person things, like Kraft Mac & Cheese, that is available in the building.
Despite these options, my neighbor evidently decided to sit down in front of his computer and order six boxes of groceries delivered. That demonstrates a serious commitment to the American institution of delivery–one that I must admit, I did not think possible.
I salute him.