The Sheldon Silver Food Donation on Essex Street

Posted on: November 26th, 2012 at 11:29 am by and

Photo: Lori Greenberg

Yesterday afternoon, we stumbled upon a rather large food dump at the southwest corner of Essex and Broome Streets. Roughly two dozen boxes of non-perishables were discarded outside the Eisner Brothers store, accompanied by a sign announcing that the goods were free of charge. If the announcement is to be believed, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was behind the charitable action, imploring constituents to “please take home.”

Photo: Lori Greenberg

This is where some of that classic New York cynicism comes into play. Seems quite odd that Silver would leave the food on this random street corner rather than donate to Hurricane Sandy relief (e.g. Bowery Mission). Guess this was a more direct, hyperlocal method to help those in need.

Photo: Lori Greenberg

Nevertheless, the selection of groceries was actually upscale for what it was, and most certainly popular with the locals. Much of the organic canned tomatoes, soy and almond milk, natural chips, and Panda natural licorice was gone within a short few-hour time window.

Recent Stories

unnamed
Writing ‘Custom Melodies’ with New Yorkers at Chinatown Soup on Orchard Street

You may have heard of artist Grey Gersten and his “Custom Melodies” exhibit  – a successful interactive exercise in writing anonymous biographical songs by New Yorkers, which showcased at the Mmuseumm last year.  Well, now he’s taking those songs digitally, giving the tracks a more accessible and permanent home on the internet. We caught up with the man behind it all […]

kossars-update-1
Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys Reopens Today with New Look and Menu

​Under relatively new ownership, the updated Kossar’s Bialys is now less a warehouse bakery with retail afterthought, and more a proper New York City bagel shop. And it reopens to the public today. The bare-bones factory feel of the predecessor is gone, instead replaced with something cleaner and with vintage aesthetic. Feels like a hybrid […]

hanksy-trump-tagged
Hanksy Hater Tags Trump Dump Mural on Orchard Street

Of all Hanksy’s recent output, his Donald “Dump” Trump piece on Orchard Street certainly struck a chord. Perfect timing, really. After all, it is an election year, and anything Trump is newsworthy. The presidential hopeful and star of The Apprentice is trying to insult his way to the White House. So his head sits on […]

citizenm-scaffolding
CitizenM Hotel on the Bowery Hit with Stop-Work Order for Worksite Safety Issues

While the CitizenM hotel ascends to great heights (i.e. 19 stories) at 185 Bowery, it’s the neighbors who suffer most. Day in and day out, the congestion at the corner of Delancey disrupts not only sidewalk flow and sleep, but motor traffic. Blame constant blockages and deliveries. Well, the lack of oversight we’ve noted at […]

Proposal for 348 Lafayette St.
LPC Rejects Aby Rosen’s Modifications to Former Women’s Shelter at 348 Lafayette

​You may have noticed the orange fencing atop 348 Lafayette Street (aka 11 Bond). That’s an illustrative mockup of the rooftop addition proposed by real estate magnate Aby Rosen in his bid to convert the former 43-bed women’s shelter into a luxury commercial complex. You’ll recall that Rosen purchased the 1913-vintage building last summer for […]

  • david

    free is a good price