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Trader Joe’s Coming to Brooklyn

Via Gothamist and The Brooklyn Eagle, the word’s been leaked that Trader Joe’s will take over the vacant Independence Savings Bank building at the corner of Court and Atlantic in Downtown Brooklyn – at the juncture of Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, and Cobble Hill.

It’s in my neck of the woods – about 6 blocks away from my apt! (The first Whole Foods in Brooklyn will be in Park Slope – sadly, 15 blocks away from me; opening date has not been announced.)

But TJ’s arrogance over battery cage eggs still leaves a bad taste in my mouth – it took over 4 months of campaigning by the Humane Society of the United States before they stopped purchasing battery cage eggs for their store brand. And they STILL carry and sell battery cage eggs from other distributors, urgh.

Though I would prefer they don’t sell any eggs at all, both Whole Foods and Wild Oats have policies where they only sell cage-free eggs, for all of their in-store brands and other distributors. It’s about time TJ does the same!

17 Comments

  1. Comment by

    Laura Leslie

    on #

    I’m still massively disappointed by Trader Joe’s lack of vegan selections. They really aren’t much better than your average grocery store (although at least the prices are better).

    When I was at a Trader Joe’s in California, it seemed like the selection was MUCH better when it came to vegan products. I wonder if we’re getting gypped out here on the East Coast…

  2. Comment by

    danielle

    on #

    I think TJ’s has way better vegan selections than any average grocery store…

    FYI “gypped” is a completely derogatory term, which is derived from gypsies (Roma) all being charaterized as thieves…

  3. Comment by

    susie

    on #

    I prefer TJs to most other shopping experiences; I’m definitely too niggardly for Whole Foods. But Laura, you’re right: WC TJ is certainly better than EC TJ.

  4. Comment by

    vegansrock

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    FYI “gypped” is a completely derogatory term, which is derived from gypsies (Roma) all being charaterized as thieves…

    You know this is why people hate vegans, right?

    Jesusfuckingchrist.

  5. Comment by

    danielle

    on #

    i guess supervegan is all about inside racist jokes, cool.

  6. Comment by

    quietgrrrl

    on #

    “FYI “gypped” is a completely derogatory term, which is derived from gypsies (Roma) all being charaterized as thieves…

    You know this is why people hate vegans, right?

    Jesusfuckingchrist.”

    Well, it IS derived from “Gypsy.” As someone of Roma descent, I don’t strongly object to hearing in it common use, but there’s nothing wrong with knowing it’s etymology. It’s linguistically comparable to using the word “jewed.” As in, “it was only worth $15 but he jewed me up to $15.”

  7. Comment by

    quietgrrrl

    on #

    Shoot. $20, not $15. Otherwise it makes no sense. Sorry. :)

  8. Comment by

    vegansrock

    on #

    You do realize that the origins of much of our language are based in offensive/non-politically correct ideas, right?

    The entire gendered system of language, with the default male, is grotesquely offensive. But I’m still going to going to point and laugh at anyone pretentious enough to use “ze”.

    In other words: get over yourself. This is WHY people roll their eyes and dismiss all vegans as crackpots–because too many vegans can’t separate the real issues (things that cause actual harm to living beings) from a bunch of whiny, over-sensitive, politically correct nonsense.

  9. Comment by

    quietgrrrl

    on #

    What part of “I don’t strongly object to hearing it in common use” did you not understand? I was just pointing out that danielle is correct about the origin of the word “gypped.” Language is just something I find very interesting and if you think I needed a lecture on the nature of gendered language, you obviously don’t know me.

    “whiny, oversenstive… .” “In other words: get over yourself.”

    Hello, pot? This is the kettle. Sheesh.

  10. Comment by

    danielle

    on #

    whoa, is vegansrock serious? there is nothing to get over here. i think YOU are why people roll their eyes and dismiss vegans because you care about animals (and probably don’t call your cat “it”) while in the same breath using completley overtly racist and derogatory language about human animals. I’m not starting a fucking campaign here, I’m just trying to inform people who may not know they are being offensive.

  11. Comment by

    Patrick Kwan

    on #

    Just for the record, I’d like to state that one of my favorite books is The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing. I’m PC like woah. Though what’s annoying about the book is that the authors write that it’s ok to refer to animals as “it” even when the sex of the animal is known.

  12. Comment by

    vegansrock

    on #

    I’m just trying to inform people who may not know they are being offensive

    Someone makes a harmless comment about Trader Joe’s and you appoint yourself the PC Police. This kind of self-righteous rudeness is exactly why no one can stand vegans. The word “vegan” causes 90% of people to roll their eyes and dismiss us without ever listening to our valid points–because holier-than-thou people like you set such an unpleasant example.

  13. Comment by

    frank language

    on #

    Well, let’s examine the word “niggardly” while we’re at it! The origin is not what you think; “niggard” actually comes from the Old Norse “nigla,” meaning “to fuss about small matters.”

    In 1999, David Howard, a White House staffer, was forced to resign after having uttered the word at a private staff meeting. The ensuing furor made it impossible for him to keep his job, and the mayor Anthony Williams gladly let him go.

    And so it goes.

  14. Comment by

    vegansrock

    on #

    And so it goes.

    Yep. In other words, people are fucking retarded.

    ((*ducks*))

  15. Comment by

    quietgrrrl

    on #

    Vegansrock told someone she was whiny and oversensitive after she’d specifically said she wasn’t very offended by the word in question, ignored her when she called vegansrock on it, swore a blue streak, and then pressed the anti-PC platform by using the patently offensive slur “retard.”

    I can see why vegansrock needs to believe that people don’t like vegans because some of us are “overly PC.” That way vegansrock doesn’t have to admit that people don’t like vegansrock because vegansrock is ill-tempered and discourteous.

    Excuse me for the excessive use of the proper noun vegansrock. I don’t know which appropriate pronoun to use and don’t want to fuel vegansrock’s fire by being so polite as to use him/her and s/he.

    Good night everyone. I’m done here.

  16. Comment by

    vegansrock

    on #

    quietgrrrl, I called “i guess supervegan is all about inside racist jokes, cool” danielle oversensitive, not you.

  17. Comment by

    RaeAnn

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    Thank you, Danielle, for the “fyi” on “gypped.” I didn’t know that and appreciate the info.

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