By Carol Tannenhauser
You can look at a big snowstorm as a natural disaster or a new kind of holiday. Helen Gurrera, president of Citarella on 75th and Broadway, who was in the UWS store Monday night, chooses the latter. “It’s ‘all hands on deck’ when a storm is about to come,” she said. “It’s like Christmas or Thanksgiving, or the days before. It’s incredible. It’s a lot of fun, but insane! I think that people forget that we live in NYC. We may or may not be open Tuesday, but the next day we will be, so it’s not going to be that long without food. It was wild all day! It was like another great holiday for us. People are excited to be home with their families. I’ve been wishing everybody Happy Snow Day, hoping that they make some of their favorite foods and enjoy being snuggled with their loved ones. What’s better than that? Maybe a glass of wine in there, but that’s about it.”
Karen Drazek and Matt Harris bought their last-minute provisions at Fairway, and planned to sit in bed, alternating between watching the snow fall and reruns of Law and Order SVU. They would make it through the day with frozen pizza and wine. “I’m from Arizona, so I still like the snow,” Karen said. “It forces me to relax.” “I’m off work,” Matt said, “so we’re going to hang out together and eat food.”
The line at Trader Joe’s was pretty insane on Monday.
Here’s what Upper West Siders were hoarding before the snowfall:
Bagels and rolls were a very hot item at Gristedes on 84th and Columbus:
Chicken was also popular.
Bagels were also cleaned out at Fairway.
In fact, all bread items were disappearing.
Milk sold off too, but there was plenty of Silk!
Someone was clearly grilling burgers on Tuesday.
And chicken too!
As for veggies, packaged lettuce at D’Agostino did well.
Broccoli, not so well.
And people stockpiled citrus fruits as if they were pirates scared of scurvy!
Remember everyone, it’s all about love! Enjoy your provisions, and invite someone over for leftovers.
Photos of Fairway and Gristedes by Carol Tannenhauser. Photos of D’Agostino by Alison. Photo of Trader Joe’s by Peggy Taylor.