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A Brooklyn Grocer Ripe Years

He has been working there since his father opened the place in 1939.

by Corey Killgannon for the New York Times
Nicole Craine for The New York Times

Nicole Craine for The New York Times

by Corey Killgannon  for the New York Times

John Cortese wiped his hands on his white apron and paused over the purchase of a half-dozen zucchinis.

“Go see what the price is,” he told the customer in his shop on Flatbush Avenue. “I forgot it. I tell you, I don’t know anything anymore.”

Then he winked, this 91-year-old grocer who still has his marbles, still opens every morning at 7 a.m. and still runs things himself at Golden Gate Fancy Fruits and Vegetables, on the border of Flatlands and Mill Basin in South Brooklyn.

He has been working there since his father opened the place in 1939.

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