Posted: Dec 30, 2006 11:11 am |
Edited by: ChrisG
red eyed willie wrote:
There was this guy outside the deli on 9th Ave and 46th St, where I used to get my coffee, who would never ask for money, always for food. He'd take the food and put it in a bag. I had to find out what the deal was one day 'cause I knew somethin' was funny about it. I talked to him for a good five minutes and got him to admit to me that he was part of a four man team that worked hells kitchen; he got the food while the other three got the money for weed, booze and crack.
I don't know the specific beggar you're talking about but I do know you're talking about Sammi & Jimmie's Deli, N.E. corner of 46th & 9th?! (Jimmie has a new deli at N.W. corner of 43rd & 9th) Until last year, I spent the last decade living at the corner of 46th & 9th. I'm still in the kitchen. WTF do you live?
I guess if you're going to beg for food, the corner of Restaurant Row isn't a bad place to stand.
Whenever we've been out to Arturo's, we take the A,C,E from 4th St. & 6th Ave., back up to the kitchen. When walking West on Houston towards 6th, there's always a concentration of beggers and bums, especially around the park-benches outside of that basketball court. We never finish all of our pizza, so I always have them wrap it to-go. The first one that hits me up for money gets the go-bag. As soon as I say it's left overs from Arturo's, they accept, generally appreciatively. I've met some rude bums in my life, but I have to say, nobody wants to turn down free Arturo's.