by Chloe NYC snow

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel «« While not claiming I was first or in the know I am connecting Friday night’s delivery NYC bicycle observations with news: ONE: by Chloe bankruptcy TWO: snow removal and outdoor dining. My deliveries on Friday were all primetime, and about midway through I passed by Chloe on Bleecker, which I learned with tonight’s reading the West Village restaurant was the first by Chloe. It was closed when it should have been open, and tonight I read of the bankruptcy closing more than half of the by Chloe locations mostly in NYC. Snow removal . . . Dear kind readers: take a moment to imagine a West Village street. Sincerely, Tom Doody. The streets are narrow unlike the grid that extends north of Fourteenth Street. There are usually cars parked both right and left, and a middle-age bicycle delivery pro like me who is cautious unlike my ebike colleagues takes to the sidewalk. Sidewalk riding is prohibited, and precovid I’d be faulted triggering foul exchanges as I plodded along sometimes pushing both right and left with my feet. The lane for driving is just too narrow, and I don’t ride fast enough to make me feel safe when a car trails me. Cars are often parked so close together, and when I find gaps to get me to the sidewalk they’re often blocked by bagged trash or dog-pee-blocking fences that surround trees. In short, NYC is condensed, and the West Village mostly residential streets are even more cramped. Dear kind readers: With this image in your head now add outdoor dining. Sincerely, Tom Doody. When NYC allocated parking to outdoor dining it theoretically makes no meaningful changes to delivery pros like me, but it does. The structures built for outdoor dining take every inch the restaurant was allocated, and sometimes three restaurants in a row may have parking converted to dining. The extra inches taken and several outside dining areas in an uninterrupted series makes the already narrow driving lane narrower, and several in a row sometimes right and left wall the driving lane in a limiting way. My sidewalk riding makes me the violator, and taking time to tell waiters the area was for movement not dining first is a conversation with no merit. Now snow OMG snow and snow removal. I deliver Friday with no Grover-like Speedy Pizza expectations. »» about me 302-990-2346

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middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel
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