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Whole Foods Tribeca Dazzles

Having been away in Los Angeles for six days, I missed the grand opening of Whole Foods in Tribeca, NYC on July 9, 2008.  But upon my return just a day later, seeing the store was atop my “to do” list, right behind seeing my family.  As soon as my daughter came home, then, I scooped her up and practically sprinted to this welcome addition to the neighborhood.  If you are unfamiliar with this neighborhood, you should understand that there is a dearth of food market choices, let alone any carrying organic products.  For a wonderful, hip, progressive area, this lack was remarkably out of sync.  During 20 years of residing here, other than Bazzini’s, the lovely, unique, delicious and dependable local gourmet market (which offers distinctive products and confections of its own) and occasional late night runs to the small Food Emporium or delis, we, like most residents, did much of our food shopping outside the neighborhood or by ordering from Fresh Direct.  So, the idea of finally having a huge, sparkling, diverse organic food market within walking distance was, in a word, thrilling.  Well, the store did not disappoint!  It was spectacularly vast, plentiful, colorful, friendly and stocked with everything one could ever want in an organic market, from a sushi bar, fish market, gourmet cheese section, esoteric fruits and vegetables, to salad and Indian food bars, take-home containers of every description, coffees and teas to scintillate, to child-size pre-cooked portions and a confluence of other delectables and features too numerous to mention.  This, of course, is in addition to a second floor coffee and sweet shop, desserts of every description and dazzling organic health and beauty products.  In every aisle we strolled, we ran into residents who appeared to rise from hibernation to savor this new sensation.  People we knew and those we hadn’t seen in years were walking around exclaiming, “I’m in heaven.”  Indeed, so were we.  Finally, this neighborhood, so warm, so interesting, so strong and so resilient, having survived September 11, has a healthy, organic haven of its own.  It was well worth the wait.

Whole Foods Market - Tribeca - 270 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007;  telephone: 212-349-6555

Store Hours: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily

Annette F.


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