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At two in the morning, whether you're hungry, thirsty, craving a pack of smokes, or just bored, you can find just what you need at your local Bodega.  Every street has at least one and every avenue has a few dozen.   The Bodega has become a way of life in Brooklyn.  It doesn't necessarily need to be Hispanic owned, even though it is Spanish word.  You don't have to be a Jew to eat a bagel and you don't need to be Spanish to shop in a Bodega.

Here is a list of things that make a
Bodega a Bodega

  1. Open 24hrs or at least from 6a.m to 4a.m.
  2. Must always have someone hanging out in front of the store to make sure you feel comfortable.
  3. Must accept Food Stamps or WIC in exchange for cigarettes.
  4. Must sell loose cigarettes.
  5. Everything stocked on the shelves needs to be at least 1 year past the expiration date.
  6. Owners or at least the person behind the counter must be non-white or it would be called a Gourmet Eatery.
  7. Hands and floor must be dirty.
  8. Must deal in some sort of contraband or at least have a card game going on in the back.
  9. A baseball bat behind the counter is required and a gun preferred.
  10. A "No Credit" sign must be visibly displayed.
  11. Must stock food that no one has ever seen or heard of.
  12. Must have a cat who pees on the lower shelves.
  13. Absolutely must stock Manhattan Special.  

If you would like to add something to this list just e-mail me.

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