5 That Surprised a Floridian About Brooklyn, New York

The first thing I noticed about Brooklyn is how vital bodegas are to everyday life.

A bodega in Brooklyn, New York.

A bodega in Brooklyn, New York.

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While Orlando’s convenience stores are sporadically located in neighborhoods and typically filled with snacks, lottery tickets, and alcohol — they’re usually placed alongside gas stations on a main roadway and close by midnight.

In my experience, there’s a bodega or local deli store on nearly every block in my area of Brooklyn. Also, the bodegas in Brooklyn stay open later and have more diverse selections.

Depending on the size, some local bodegas can carry everything from Boar’s Head deli meat to laundry detergent, making it a genuine one-stop shop. I would have never imagined buying chicken or fresh broccoli from a convenience store in Orlando, even if the option was available, but proximity makes quick and cheap food options more accessible.


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