Convenience stores and corner stores are staples of American life, but New York City’s bodegas take them to another level. These modern day general stores are woven into the fabric of city life, temples of necessity, as integral as the subway system and bagels.
La Bodega (2015-02-20) by Marlon BishopLatino USA
With the help of average New Yorkers and not-so-average New Yorkers Dallas Penn and The Kid Mero, we explain what a bodega is and why we decided to spend a whole day in the Red Apple Deli in Harlem.
Starting A Day At The Bodega (2015-02-20) by Marlon BishopLatino USA
In a bodega in Harlem, NY, we meet a colorful cast of characters including loyal customers who arrive before the store even opens, the gregarious owner Ramon Murphy and his children, plus the bodega cat.
Immigration Stories At The Bodega (2015-02-20) by Marlon BishopLatino USA
In New York City, many bodegas are run by Dominican families. We hang out with Juan Carlos Hiciano, the man behind the grill. We hear his immigration story, his plans for the future and how it all relates to the history of Dominicans in New York.
Chapter 3: Ramón’s Story (2015-02-20) by Marlon BishopLatino USA
Ramón Murphy, owner of the Red Apple Deli Supermarket, is the American Dream brought to life. He shares his story of entrepreneurship starting back in the DR before revealing his rules for success. We go with Ramón and his son on a trip to a giant warehouse where bodega owners buy their products.
Chapter 4: Soda Sales (2015-02-20) by Camilo VargasLatino USA
We take a quick look at the bodega’s relationship to unhealthy food.
This story was produced by Marlon Bishop.
Feature image by Marlon Bishop.
Special thanks to the producers at Latino USA and The Futuro Media Group team.