Loosely translated, "This restaurant does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, physical or socioeconomic condition, or for any other reason." It's a common sign throughout the city.
No se discrimina Fabio's Restaurante Ignacio Allende 15, Coyoacán, Mexico City
The coarse-bristled, dramatically curved broom is typical; so are the bags and sorted refuse hanging from the sides of the cart. In and around the villagelike center of Coyoacán, in southern Mexico City, carts such as this are a not uncommon sight. The men and women who push them hither and yon wear official-looking reflective vests with the letters CDMX (Ciudad de México) across the back. Recycling and repurposing trash pickings seems to be a perk that helps these workers scratch out a little extra coin.
Street sweeper's cart San Gregorio, Coyoacán, Mexico City
Human-powered work cycles are not uncommon in Cuauhtémoc (kwow-Tay-muk), the borough that comprises the oldest parts of Mexico City. Itinerant street vendors park them beside the curb or, when the passage is wide enough, on the sidewalk. Delivery people use them to nimbly circumvent the city's notorious traffic congestion. Usually the sound of tinkling glass announces the arrival of bottled soda or the departure of empties, but on this one occasion during my two weeks in the city, it alerted me to something I hadn't seen, on such a small scale, in many years — literally, a milk run.
Milk run Insurgentes Sur, Roma Norte, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City
Shown not for the food (haven't tried it) but only for the easy fit of 1930s gambrel roofs to current commercial tenants.
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Good Fortune, a supermarket chain that took over several Hong Kong Supermarkets in recent years, is renovating the Flushing and Elmhurst locations and bringing two new food courts to Queens.
An announcement in Chinese, English, and Spanish of "food court space for rent" accompanies the floor plans shown here. The Flushing market remains open; its basement, previously home to a mini-mall, eventually will house 21 stalls and provide seating for 400 customers. The Elmhurst market, now closed, seems destined for a complete makeover; ultimately that location will house 31 stalls and seat 680. Opening dates for the new food courts — and the prospects for a third Hong Kong Supermarket, on Hester St. in Manhattan — are unclear.
New food courts planned for Queens
Elmhurst: 82-02 45th Ave. (82nd-83rd Sts.), on the site of a former Hong Kong Supermarket
Flushing: 37-11 Main St. (37th-38th Aves.), in the basement below the market currently branded Super HK
This small batch-in-process was strung from the supports to a canopy, which shelters the stairs leading down to a basement seafood wholesaler. Possibly the fish were being prepared in anticipation of the Year of the Rooster, whose arrival will be celebrated on January 28, 2017. In New York, I don't recall such a sight in any other season.