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Q&A with a Bodega Expert

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Jeff Sisson has spent the last three years trying to map every bodega in NYC. His website currently lists 1500 stores—and it's nowhere near complete. Over on Curbed NY, he discuss his quest and what he's learned. On why bodegas are so important to NYC: "Bodegas are institutions of convenience; they're as meaningful to you as they need to be, and that's where they're at their best. Not that supermarkets don't have all these things, but bodegas fit into this class of NY institutions that are more defined by their availability than by what they offer, and I like that." [Curbed NY]