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Candy Store Blues

by Yori Yanover

The candy store at the corner of Grand and Madison has been there ever since I first arrived in this neighborhood, when dinosaurs still roamed the planet and a primeval forest covered most of the area between the FDR Drive and Essex Street.


In the 1990’s I was good friends with then owner Alex, who said he was from Yemen. I haven’t seen him in ages. After 9/11 there was the anti-Semitic incident the whole neighborhood knows about and since then traffic in the store is not as great as it used to be.

I still go in there for a cup of coffee to go, occasionally, especially when I’m too lazy to make my own at home. Like I did this morning. Their coffee is decent, not special but serviceable. But there’s little joy in the exchanges with the guys behind the counter. They’re restrained and tense all the time. Force of habit, I suppose. Can’t be easy to be an Arab guy in New York City these days.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Menachem said...

But it's always easy to be a liberal in New York City sympathizing with antisemites, eh?

Glossed over that "antisemitic incident" pretty neatly, didn't you.

11/27/2006 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What was the Anti-Semetic incident?

11/27/2006 5:04 PM  

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