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In New York City, there's a small shop on many blocks where you can buy a large variety of items. Some people might call them “corner stores” but here in NYC these shops are called “bodegas” (Spanish for storeroom or wine cellar). NYC bodegas were first owned by immigrants from Puerto Rico who came here in large numbers in the 1940’s and 1950’s.

The usual bodega is a small convenience store that sells things like chips, candy, coffee, soda, canned foods, lottery tickets, household items and much more. Some have a deli counter, and some sell beer. Many of them are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Recently other ethnic groups have started owning NYC bodegas, such as immigrants from the Middle East, especially Yemen, and Asian countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan. There are currently more than 16,000 bodegas in NYC.

This is a photo of my local shop. I liked the way their Covid-19 signs were taped over a large ad for Heineken. Most neighborhood residents know the owners of their local bodega, and I am no exception. You can also see a sign about Ramadan in their window. These particular merchants came to NYC from Palestine, by way of Puerto Rico. They greet customers in English, Spanish, and Arabic. :-)

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P.S. There are still a lot of Covid-19 cases here in NYC. The current totals, as of today, for the city alone are:
160,000+ positive cases
40,000+ needing hospitalization
12,200+ deaths

It is slowing down a bit, but we still have a long way to go. Stay safe everyone!

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