Front Page 2020-05-17

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A NOTE FROM THE EDITORS Almost as old as the Coop itself, the Linewaiters’ Gazette has long been the official newspaper of the Park Slope Food Coop. Documenting the major issues of the Coop and staff and the lives of its members, the Gazette provides a time capsule of change in and around Park Slope, Brooklyn, and […]

Lockdown Movies

Almost everybody, whether they’re feeling bored and restless, overworked and overwhelmed, or all of the above, is now spending more time at home. With the cinemas closed for the foreseeable future, it’s a good time to catch up on movies you’ve been planning to watch or revisit old favorites. Continue Reading →

Coop Strategizes to Stay Afloat

Board Convenes First Online GM

By Hayley Gorenberg

Illustration by Deborah Tint

After pandemic precautions put in place this spring at the Coop, sales fell through the floor, with transactions dropping 79 percent and overall dollars spent down 37 percent for the week ending April 26. A typical week would have shown 17,000 transactions and perhaps $1.1 million total purchases—but only 3,436 took place, albeit at about triple the dollar-value per transaction.

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Why Not Curbside Pickup?

By Louis Lavelle

Photograph by Mia Tran

I’ve been deeply impressed, and eternally grateful, for the hard work, dedication, and creative thinking that have gone into the Coop’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. We all owe the Coop leadership an enormous debt of gratitude.

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Had the Coop in its 47 or so years of operation thought to meet the needs of its senior and disabled members and had a shopping delivery program in place, instead of first floating a plan in late 2019, the Coop would be meeting the needs of those senior and disabled persons. Continue Reading →


I have a question that I haven’t seen addressed in any Coop communications, that I was hoping you could cover in an upcoming edition. Has the Coop considered online/email ordering with curbside pickup and payment? Continue Reading →

Coordinator’s Corner


Sweet Treats

By Jennifer Perkin

Home cooking is having a moment. Although many Gazette readers and PSFC members are of course already prolific home chefs, going by posts on the internet, a lot people are taking this time to really spread their culinary wings. We are all baking those sourdough loaves, fermenting that kimchi, and making pasta from scratch. (Well, maybe not all.) People are also being creative with items that have been sitting in their pantry unused. 

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In Memoriam

Nathan Allman

By Thomas Rayfiel

Nathan Allman, who became a Coop member relatively late in life but whose influence on the Coop began long before, died on March 22 of complications resulting from the coronavirus. He was 85. Nathan joined the Coop in 2007, when he married Ellen Krüger Allman, and retired in 2010, one of the first members eligible to do so under the Coop’s age-related retirement policy. Long before that, in the early 1980s, then an insurance broker, he sold the Coop its first employee health insurance policy—to current General Manager Joe Holtz. But Joe had a problem getting services, and abruptly switched to a new policy with a different provider. Joe recalls the phone call he received from Nathan: Continue Reading →

Joe Hennessy

By Thomas Rayfiel

Joe Hennessy, a longtime Coop member and beloved squad leader, died April 9 of complications related to the coronavirus. He was 82. Joe came to the United States from Ireland in 1957. After serving in the Army (with Elvis Presley!) he settled in Queens where he managed a taxi fleet and served in a variety of civic capacities, most notably, Chairman of Queens Community Board 6 and President of the Board of Directors of the Forest Hills MHA Housing Development Fund Corporation. Joe was particularly sensitive to the plight of immigrants, the taxi industry being one of the areas where many newcomers first seek employment. “He would always have their back,” Frank Gulluscio, District Manager of CB 6 said. Continue Reading →

This Issue Prepared By:

Editor (development)Ed Levy
ReportersJennifer Perkin
Art Director (development)Eva Schicker
IllustratorsDeborah Tint, Rod Morrison, Magdelene Carson,
Ethan Pettit
PhotographersBill Farrington, Johsua Kristal, Mia Tran
ThumbnailsMia Tran
PhotoshopAdam Segal-Isaacson
Art Director (production)Dilhan Kushan
Web PublishingHelena Boskovic, Erin Sparling
Editor (production)Nancy Rosenberg
Final ProofreaderLisa Schorr

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