These workers offer contact-free food delivery, but have plenty of contact with one another.
A cluster of deliverymen, many carrying red and black Grubhub bags, are packing into a tiny West Village square to await their next run, sitting shoulder to shoulder — some without masks — and often bantering loudly or arguing.
Some residents have had enough.
“I’m telling you, it’s a nightmare,” said a woman whose apartment overlooks Mulry Square at the corner of Seventh and Greenwich avenues.
The neighbor said as many as 20 deliverymen and their bicycles cram the park starting around 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. She’s said she’s heard them screaming and observed them without masks, sometimes sneezing, and too close to one another.
“They’re certainly not distancing, which is outrageous,” she said, adding she would never order food through the Grubhub app.
Another resident said the workers also gather a block away at Bank Street and Greenwich Avenue.
“It’s bothersome to have my street become the employee lounge for the Grubhub,” the woman said. “Grubhub needs to organize that.”
The food delivery app is already under fire for the fees it charges restaurants, with the City Council voting this month to cap the costs.
Mulry Square, which is across the street from the old St. Vincent’s Hospital, is the site of a memorial called 9/11 Tiles for America. Commemorative tiles hang on a fence at the site and are stored in a bus parked on Seventh Avenue that serves as a kind of museum.
The workers also hang out in the New York City AIDS Memorial Park across the street. Some residents said they try to steer clear.
“I certainly wouldn’t sit anywhere near them,” said Barbara Chernick, 72, a retiree, heading over to the AIDS Memorial. “They’re not wearing masks. There’s a big group.”
Others took the gatherings more in stride, saying people clustered outside of Village restaurants serving take-away cocktails were more of a nuisance.
“That’s worse,” one woman said. “That’s people walking around. “These guys are just waiting to get called.”
A group of delivery workers refused to answer any questions Thursday or to even confirm they worked for Grubhub.
Grubhub did not respond to a request for comment.
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