Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Holiday Cheer

As the shuttered, 30-something liquor store on Chelsea's doomed block of 9th emptied out, up from the basement came water-damaged cartons of Kahlua, champagne, and liqueurs in curvy, dusty bottles.

The junker crew loaded most of it into a truck, but they also good-naturedly handed some out to a few locals, who loaded their arms with free booze by the box and jug, then strode off down 9th Avenue in a celebratory mood.



One man soon showed up with a shopping cart. He had met this band of booze peddlers on the street and was pleased to have acquired from them a gift box of Kahlua complete with decorative glassware for one dollar.

"It's my wife's favorite," he said. "I put it on the table, just so, with a pack of cigarettes, so she'll find it when she comes home. She'll be so happy."

He eventually walked away with a case of sparkling wine. At least someone on that block has something to be thankful for tomorrow.

7 comments:

EV Grieve said...

Classic!

What did YOU score, Jeremiah?

Jeremiah Moss said...

i was waiting for the gold-flaked and absinthe-infused armand de brignac to come out, but no dice.

Anonymous said...

WOW

KnicksBasketballNY said...

Somebody should force BLOOMIE to watch people emptying and unloading all their former merchandise from their closed businesses.

hntrnyc said...

free booze? man, that's almost as good as handing out money. surprised it didn't incite a riot.

Anonymous said...

The dump truck people made a big mistake giving some of the liquor away to lighten their load. Three cops had to give those who were being aggressive warnings. There was also an attempt to steal the truck but the cops were nearby. I have to admit, in 20+ years, some things never change in this neighborhood. Have fun with that Fortuna Realty!

Jeremiah Moss said...

ha--i missed that part! thanks for adding to the story