A week in the life: elainetyger

5/5/2009:

Here is another installment of “A week in the life of a Hoboken resident.”

Hoboken411 reader elainetyger lives in Hoboken, and works in Brooklyn. She has a liking for obscure random sights – so rather than making a video slideshow – I decided to use a standard Flickr gallery – along with her commentary below:

A Week in the Life

“This is a mixture of my work life in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn with my home life in Hoboken. The buildings are very similar: a lot of row houses from the late 1800s, mostly of brick, some of brownstone, with the main street(s) having storefronts with apartments overhead. Brooklyn is far more colorful and interesting, but Hoboken is rather quieter and cleaner and safer, in my experience, and I’m glad to be able to come home to its relative sanity.

The pictures from Brooklyn include the bodega cats, the signs for jerk restaurants that suggest a double meaning, signs in store bathrooms begging customers and fellow employees not to be such pigs in there, incense shop windows holding floor cleaners that promise to remove more than a layer of dust, the ubiquitous pictures of and tributes to Barack Obama, and the many wall murals, too many of them memorials to people who died young.

The pictures from Hoboken show the police and ambulance buildings, the hospital with the awesome vending machine just outside the emergency room, and some of what I like seeing in my morning walks: the flowering trees, the eclectic house decorations, Lupo the shoe store dog, the old ferry terminal, the piers and shipyard, and the yellow buoy near the dilapidated pier.

I hope you enjoy this little break from politics. I had a good time taking these pictures and am glad for the opportunity. Thanks, 411!”

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16 Comments on "A week in the life: elainetyger"

mooshu
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mooshu

Hey, elaine? Do you like Jamaican beef patties?

elainetyger
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elainetyger

I like the chicken ones best.

In response to mooshu who said:
Hey, elaine? Do you like Jamaican beef patties?

mooshu
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mooshu

Chicken ones are good, too. I often wondered about how the beef in the Jamaican patties was so… ground up?

Eh. No matter! 😀

In response to elainetyger who said:
I like the chicken ones best.

emarche
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‘Cos that ain’t beef.

In response to mooshu who said:
Chicken ones are good, too. I often wondered about how the beef in the Jamaican patties was so… ground up?

Eh. No matter! 😀

mooshu
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mooshu

No matter! 😀

In response to emarche who said:
‘Cos that ain’t beef.

matt_72
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those things are the junkiest pieces of food on the planet, but boy do they taste good. leave it under the heat lamp long enough & that will kill just about anything. Used to eat them all the time and buy them at the trusty 7-11!

In response to mooshu who said:
Hey, elaine? Do you like Jamaican beef patties?

mooshu
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mooshu

Jamaican beef patties from 7-11? Whatchu talkin’ ’bout Willis?

I was referring to oven-baked, salty and greasy goodness from the old ‘hood but OK. 😉

In response to matt_72 who said:
those things are the junkiest pieces of food on the planet, but boy do they taste good. leave it under the heat lamp long enough & that will kill just about anything. Used to eat them all the time and buy them at the trusty 7-11!

matt_72
Member

I grew up in a city where chains outnumbered family owned joints & 7-11’s existed at every major intersection. If you wanted food fast, you went to 7-11 or High’s (no longer in business).

In response to mooshu who said:
Jamaican beef patties from 7-11? Whatchu talkin’ ’bout Willis?

I was referring to oven-baked, salty and greasy goodness from the old ‘hood but OK. 😉

mooshu
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mooshu

Matt, we need to take a little field trip to the inner-city :).

In response to matt_72 who said:
I grew up in a city where chains outnumbered family owned joints & 7-11’s existed at every major intersection. If you wanted food fast, you went to 7-11 or High’s (no longer in business).

matt_72
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I grew up near 2 inner cities. But not so close that when you wanted a quick bite to eat you drove there. That was for the weekends. And TONS of 7-11s there too……ha ha. Here you have small family owned convenience stores, in other parts of the country it is all 7-11’s, WaWas, Sheetz & Tiger Marts. The convenience stores usually are at gas stations b/c everyone drives everywhere.

In response to mooshu who said:
Matt, we need to take a little field trip to the inner-city :).

elainetyger
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elainetyger

To clarify… I would generally not walk out of a place I inspected leaving it in a condition where I thought the food would kill me or anyone else… Trusting includes not only trusting that they serve stuff I like and would not give me indigestion (like turkey ham or packaged cheeseburgers or nacho cheese sunflower seeds, all of which are served in every grocery where I was) but trusting that I could stand in the customer area and wait for food without being harassed or staked out by “customers” who might be watching to see which pocket my wallet was in. I was in a dangerous area.

elainetyger
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elainetyger

I’m glad some people enjoyed the pictures. I had fun with it. Thanks for the kind words.

Biffy, did you not see the St. Mary vending machine?

Srsly, when I was working in Brooklyn, I would usually get some prepackaged food like peanuts or potato chips (occasionally hot food or a sandwich if I trust the place) and eat it on the train. The place with the “beware of cat” sign was one of the bodegas I stopped at that week for coffee and potato chips.

Today I worked on Staten Island. I bought some store-made sausage and peppers at the last place I inspected and heated up in my mother’s microwave. Thank You Frith and Baby Jesus for my transfer.

Biffy B For Mayor
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Biffy B For Mayor

i did not see any pictures of food. did she not eat all week?

oceanbloo
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oceanbloo

Really interesting pictures – thank you and nice job!

My favorite – the “Jinx Remover” product.

Love this “A week in the life” series.

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