Kathleen Horan, Reporter, WNYC News
Kathleen Horan is a staff reporter for New York Public Radio, covering the neighborhood beat. She also reports 'Reset', an ongoing series documenting police-community relations in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Snowed-in streets have made life difficult for those who make deliveries across New York City and those who receive them. Park Slope, Brooklyn, is one of the neighborhoods that has experienced a slowdown in food and beverage service.
Restaurants along 5th, 6th and 7th Avenues reopened Monday, but they had to make due with fewer supplies, because they had trouble receiving their food shipments.
And what some New Yorkers consider the staples of life -- front door delivery of pizza or pad thai - has been slow or non-existent. Delivery workers who nomally rely on bikes had to go on foot, or if possible, car.
Idris Aliyvev works at Istanbul Park, where he says 70 percent of the restaurant's business is deliveries. The snow forced them to scale back, but he said customers had been generous.
"They give good tips. Delivery bills of $30 or $40 and they give us $10 or $15 tip," said Aliyvev.
Thai restaurant Song also does a big delivery business, and has had to warn customers about wait times. Employee Sirilak Laongkaeh said people have just been grateful that the food will come at all.
“When the customers call, I tell them that because of snow it’s going to take more time than usual but everybody say 'Everything OK,'" said Laongkaeh.
One job that’s even more challenging than trying to pass through unplowed streets by foot is trying to do so by car or truck.
Lorenzo Infante operates a big rig for Union Beer, delivering beverages. He said Tuesday was worst day on the job in four years.
"It's bad because all the streets are blocked in, you can't go anywhere. We've only done six stops today and normally we’d make 25. It's impossible," said Infante.
Supermarkets like Union Market said they finally received shipments of vegetables, dry goods and fish, but they showed up several hours later than usual.