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Posted By Alex Belth On April 30, 2013 @ 12:07 pm In Lost NY,New York Minute,NYC,NYC History | Comments Disabled

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A real New York story by Corey Kilgannon in the Times [2]:

Eli Miller, 79, New York City’s senior seltzer man, hoisted crate after crate of seltzer — weighing 70 pounds apiece — into his van and then draped himself over them.

“I’m running on fumes — the reason I work is, I just can’t stay home,” said Mr. Miller, who has been delivering seltzer in Brooklyn for more than a half-century.

He can afford to retire, but that would mean his customers, many of whom have been with him for decades, might have to resort to store-bought seltzer.

“I don’t want them to have to drink that dreck you buy in the supermarket,” he said, using the Yiddish term for dirt. “So I guess I’ll retire when Gabriel blows his horn.”


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[2] New York story by Corey Kilgannon in the Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/28/nyregion/the-seltzer-man-is-still-bubbly-after-all-these-years.html?_r=0

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