Coffee.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank and salute all the city employees and neighborhood volunteers out there working hard to make things right after the hurricane. And there’s no question that when the going gets tough, coffee is a critical wingman. We are lucky in this fair city to have access to some of the best bean blends around, and we’ve assembled a list of our New York favorites for when a java jones strikes. (And there’s no shame in having a third cup.)Supplier: Oren’s Daily Roast
Blend: NYC Blend.
Profile: “A tough resilient blend. Full, rich body and subtly sweet, with huge aroma.”

Supplier: D’Amico
Blend: Red Hook Blend.
Profile: “Blended with three of the richest coffees in the world. Roasted in the European tradition to produce a strong, assertive drink with long aftertaste.”

Supplier: Union Market
Blend: Williamsburg Blend.
Profile: “Roasted in the New York style – darker than American roast, lighter than Viennese – for full body and flavor.”

Supplier: Gorilla Coffee
Blend: Blendimentosis
Profile: “Our Signature blend. We change it frequently but are always on the pursuit of compiling a flavor profile that is balanced and sweet.”

Supplier: Strongtree
Blend: Midnight Mollie
Profile: “Rich, smoky, dark and powerful blend of smooth caramel -chocolaty Indonesian and sweet fruity Ethiopian beans presented in a most assertive French roast. Not for the timid.”

What’s your favorite? Let us know.

UPDATE!!! How could we have ever forgotten this one?

Supplier: MUD
Blend: Mudtruck Blend
Profile: “Pure New York City Fuel. Beautifully Rounded, Sweet Cherries, Rich Cocoa. Intensely Flavorful Daily Brew.”

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We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Commutation.

Post-Sandy, commute is a dirty word. With subways out of commission and people expected back to work, many New Yorkers have taken to the streets in cars and cabs. And no surprise, it’s unquestionably the worst traffic anyone has ever seen. Ever. The congested snarls stretch out for miles. Terrible enough if you have no power, if you have no gas, if you’ve suffered serious property damage or worse – you can’t even get to your job. As you’d expect, driving over a bridge in anything other than a bicycle is committing vehicular seppuku. So how does a person in the outer boroughs get to midtown? Our own solution this morning was to drive to nearby Dumbo to catch the East River Ferry, which has increased service to help cope with the road congestion. A tip of the cap to them for that. Take the boat to East 34th, and then there’s a shuttle bus to midtown. Ahoy, matey. It sucks, but everyone’s in it together.This has gotten me thinking about how incredibly delicate the city ecosystem really is, and moreover, how ridiculously hard this town works every day to provide the basic services I take for granted. That the trains will show up every few minutes to whisk me away. That I can raise my arm on a whim and catch a yellow cab. That I always have ample electricity and hot water. Not to be a Pollyanna in what for many has been a horrific Sandy shitshow, but today we’re feeling particularly grateful for our city’s pride and resilience, for its dependablilty, and for its collective unwillingness to stay home when there’s work to do.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.