Down Liberty Avenue- 2 – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Down Liberty Avenue-2 – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The bus stops at 133 Street and Liberty Avenue. The lady exits and runs to the roti shop for shelter from the rain. In no time she starts a conversation with one of the shoppers.

She has this friend who has a daughter. The problem is that the daughter was involved in a business wedding. She was supposed to divorce the man in a few weeks. But now he is refusing. He wants to stay married. She has someone else and was in the marriage only for the money. What advice can one possibly give? She wants to cut out, he wants to stay in and there are others like them. The attorneys on Liberty are refusing this one!

Check out the Google map and Street view … click here 133 Street and Liberty

If you are in a food place the conversation would eventually turn to food. There are many eateries on Liberty Avenue and they are doing a fine job. The food is delicious but some of these places are really sub-standard. If an inspector walks in these so-called gourmet restaurants will get a C or D.

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  • albert  On August 23, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    As usual Dr. Narine write some wonderful pieces. Many of us, especially those from Queens, New York, could relate to what he wrote. Was in the Richmond Hill, Queens area a few weeks back. It has become more congested…… a real urban jungle……too tough for the elderly. It made me appreciate the easy southern lifestyle.

  • Gigi  On August 27, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    The last time I ventured out there was back in April. I was both surprised and pleased to find that there is now an Apna Bazar Supermarket, albeit small. I usually would go out to Jackson Heights to shop there. I will probably go out there tomorrow or Saturday if the train situation is back to functioning properly.

    When we first moved to NY, two individuals told us about Guyanese shopping places – one in Flatbush and this one in Queens. We first heard of the one in Flatbush and so we went there. We didn’t buy anything and never went back. The place was more than just a dud. While we were walking around the area we stopped to get something cold to drink at a Jamaican food place. They were out of every drink – mauby, ginger beer/ginger ale, coconut water, sorrell – we asked for even though these were advertised on their sidewalk sign in chalk. In exasperation my husbands asked what did they have but without waiting for a response, I said to my husband “let’s just leave.” When we were outside I asked him “did you not get the feeling they did not want to serve us?” He nodded with a bewildered expression on his face. Imagine that! Foreign Blacks discriminating against American Whites in their very own country.

    We like shopping on Liberty. We have never encountered any discrimination even by the many Trinis operating businesses out there. Sonny’s is our favourite place to buy food. I usually buy between 10 – 20 dhal puri and 10 doubles to take away. The doubles are usually gone within a day or two but the dhal puri I freeze. When I’m ready to use a few for a meal I transfer them from the freezer to the fridge to defrost. I then steam them in the rice cooker and they come out great. Sybil’s need to improve their customer service, but they do have a nice selection of baked goods. The great selection of produce and the general cleanliness of the area are also definite +s.

    I enjoy reading your articles.

  • dhanpaul narine  On August 28, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Thanks Gigi, don’t forget to sign up to do your Master’s. What about the salt content in the food? Do they cook with too much salt like the article is saying? Liberty is definitely getting better with its cleanliness and variety of foods. But we have to stay on top of it and hold them to standards.

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