Bodegas – the convenience stores on street corners that stock everything from toilet paper to cigarettes to Arizona Iced Tea. They’re a New York City staple that add character and a sense of community to each borough. Unfortunately, with rising rent prices, bodegas in NYC are starting to close down, but the ‘Bronx Bullies’ (Desus Nice and Kid Mero) are trying to keep the spirit and soul of the bodega experience alive.

The duo began with a podcast and web series on Complex called Desus vs. Mero and have continued with a new podcast, aptly named Bodega Boys. While they’ve branched out to contribute to MTV’s Uncommon Sense and Joking off, they remain an authority on the native NYC bodega experience. They shared their thoughts on why these spots are so integral to New York’s identity in an interview with First We Feast.

“The bodega is pretty much the heart of the hood, so we’re giving you that feeling,” Desus says. “People call it [our podcasts] barber shop-type talk, but it’s just two dudes talking about whatever the fuck is going on in the world.”

Check out episode 1 of Bodega Boys, titled ‘WE GOT WINGS’, below and listen to the entire series here.

Want to know more about bodegas? Check out @40sandflower’s photo project, Bodegas of Manhattan here.


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