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The Cowboys of New York

The Cowboys of New York

 

Manhattan, NY February 10, 2008

 

They carry the food and ride bicycles.

The worker bees of

Manhattan’s food industry,

On sturdy bicycles they deliver food across this great city.

Most of them speak little English and they’ll go out in any weather, Busiest when the conditions are worst, when New York

apartment dwellers burrow in.

On steel and rubber horses they ride, saddle bags filled with hot foods of all nations.

No complaints, they are grateful for tips gotten. Bikes chained to trees, fences, and grates of the city. Invisible but ever present,

Dodging traffic like NASCAR drivers.

In this city where home delivery of goods and services reign supreme,

the bicycle man is the cowboy of the city; His range, the gridiron streets of Manhattan,

be they cold, hot, rainy, snowy or traffic-choked. They ride and ride.

They are the Cowboys of New York.

 

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