••• “Crazy lines at Whole Foods lately, stretching down the aisles, which has never happened before in all the years I have shopped here,” reports P. “Can we blame Jeff Bezos? Would be swell if you could look into it….” I’m all for blaming Amazon for anything and everything, but I don’t even know how I’d go about looking into it. We need a Deep Throat from the store to tell us whether Amazon has instituted changes, beyond prominently displaying its Echo devices. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 917-209-6473; anonymity guaranteed. (As for the so-called lower prices, I audibly
swore gasped today when I saw the $4.49-per-pound price for Honeycrisp apples.)
••• If anyone knows Felipe R. Garcia, staff sergeant at the U.S. Army recruiting office on Chambers, perhaps you could pass this message along to him: When you park on Chambers, in the zone reserved for truck loading, you selfishly claim for yourself something that’s designed to be for the benefit of many local businesses. If parking is a perk of your job, then your employer should pay for it, whether it’s at a garage or metered spaces—if you can find one not being abused by other people with similarly compromised values.
••• From a proud parent: “Local kids Max and Alex Koster will be competing on ‘Chopped Junior’ on the Food Network at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 3. They’re competing to raise awareness (and hopefully money) for Action Against Hunger, an international hunger relief charity.”
••• While walking up to King for dinner the other night—enjoyed it more this time—we noticed that BeerZaar (a play on bazaar and/or bizarre? Or beer czar?) has opened on Sixth Ave., just below King Street. (“Our thirst and enthusiasm for craft beer build this project since the early boom of New York breweries, cideries and wineries.”)
••• In other Soho news, Brooklyn Diamond is opening a café at 349 W. Broadway, between Broome and Grand. I love coffee, but are we in bubble territory?
••• Shooting today in the Sixth Ave. part of Tribeca: “Like Father.” From IMDB: “The script centers on a workaholic woman who is left at the altar by her groom-to-be. She takes her honeymoon trip anyway except it’s with the one person she never expected—her workaholic father who left her mother when she was 5 because he believed his family was holding back his career.” Totally plausible.
••• Three times in the past two weeks, I’ve watched as millennial cashiers had trouble with counting change—the math, and also the feel of the coins. (It’s painful to observe.) I predict this will only get worse.