"A New York Treasure" --Village Voice
Tag: seltzer

New York Minute

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

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.”

New York Minute

Checkout counter at Fairway.

I ask the older kid, “How much for a case of seltzer?”

He says, “One hundred dollars.”

“How much for your brother?”

“He is for free.”

feed Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via email
"This ain't football. We do this every day."
--Earl Weaver