Times Square (West 40th Street and Seventh Avenue)
In the shadow of the center of the world, a breakfast cart on the corner of 40th Street and Seventh Avenue serves waves of customers who grab meals just steps from the busiest subway station in the city. Straphangers of the morning commute rushed on a swelteringly hot Tuesday last week between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to grab their breakfasts. Most opted for liquid meals, with 46 customers ordering hot coffees. Surprisingly, only 18 indulged in an iced coffee even in the 92-degree heat. The cart offered the usual assortment of breakfast goods: bagels, egg sandwiches, muffins, and croissants. The egg sandwich was the most popular substantive breakfast for 36 New Yorkers, but most accompanied their meal with a coffee. Even truck drivers pulled over to stop for their quick fix.
"People like things small because it's quick," said David Davydov who works the cart every morning. "Most people get the coffee because it's fast."
In the heart of the city, most people didn't make much time for talk, just greeting the vendor with their order and a quick thanks before rushing off to corners of the city to start their day. — Sean Flynn
At a Glance: Customers: 67 Hot Coffee: 46 Iced Coffee: 18 Tea: 6 Egg Sandwich: 36 Bagel: 24 Muffin: 6 Croissant: 6 Water: 10 Donut: 2 Lemon Loaf: 1