"NY ain't the same, it's OT playaSome interesting links were dug up in doing some Corner Bodega research:
you can go and cop coke from the corner bodega..."
- 50 Cent, Corner Bodega
On the surface you might think the Corner Bodega (Co-Bo) is just another wiki-able oasis of convenience. A sort of de facto ghetto 7-11. But, like the big rock in the forest, a look underneath reveals a self-sufficient ecosystem of subterranean life. Home of the 2 for $1 special, the Corner Bodega is the ghetto chamber of food and commerce for marginalized gentri-folk and ne'er-do-wells alike. Typically open through the wee hours, and stocked with all the bare essentials -- food, alcohol, horny-goat weed -- Corner Bodegas are not only a full service resource, but a genuine lifesaver.
This guy does some interesting Bodega based art [BodegArt]
I ended up cutting some bits about the Corner Bodega as a front for weed spots and numbers spots. Ultimately I had the 50 quote, and do think, as with the loosey cig, those bodegas are becoming extinct.
Apparently the Corner Bodega might be under siege. "The corner store vs. market reality" [The Real Deal]
I also cut bits about the gross lack of fresh food/produce at bodegas, but the Huffington Post has an interesting blog about a program to get more organic and healthy stock. "Foodies in 'da Hood"
Finally Ezra Klein explains "Why Immigrants Run Bodegas."
Ghetto Pass: The Corner Bodega [Gawker]
Ghetto Chinese Spot Excess [TAN]