"I'm almost out of gas and it's like Mad Max out there," says King Phojanakong, who owns the restaurants Umi Nom in Bed-Stuy and Kuma Inn in the LES, which is temporarily closed. Because the trains aren't running, Phojanakong has been picking up and dropping off his employees since Tuesday, starting in Woodhaven and Inwood and ending at his Bed-Stuy restaurant.
What the going rate? Ten pancakes per half-gallon?
Why don't these people just go to Le Cirque?Photo: Emily Fleischaker/BuzzFeed
If you really needed a striking example of how different things are downtown and uptown in Manhattan these days, you've got it: BuzzFeed checks in with a group of people in the East Village who are so in need of food that they've resorted to Dumpster diving — not in the ironic hipster way, but in the actual desperate-for-anything-to-eat way. Says one hard-hit resident, "It's getting dark outside, I don't know how to get food like this without going all over the place and waiting in lines, and I don't want us to go to bed hungry tonight." Uptown, things aren't really the same.
"The whole place had a festive air."