The coronavirus has led to a new daily ritual for many Upper West Siders — rising in the early dawn to get your Trader Joe’s fix.
The store near the corner of 72nd and Broadway now has crowds lined up prior to opening at 8 a.m., stretching in both directions from 71st to 72nd. Like farmers who must milk the cow before the sun is too high in the sky, these West Siders musty grab their frozen chana masala before their neighbors put it all in their carts.
Employees are getting used to the new normal, with one telling our tipster Bobby Panza “Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do,” and another joking, “Make it stop!”
Stay healthy, Upper West Side. But don’t stay hungry.