This week’s featured member of the Cool Hand team is Larvelle Bell.
A full-time Cool Hand Mover, Larvelle plays a key role in making sure that each job runs smoothly. Previously employed in the art handling industry, he has a knack for detail which comes in handy on high-end jobs with extremely delicate and valuable cargo.

When did you start working for Cool Hand, and what drew you to the position?

Earlier this year I began working on the team just for weekends while I held my other job. Then in August, I was offered the full-time position and I went for it. What drew me in the most was that I like the work-out and the team. 

What was your first impression once you started working? Did anything surprise you?

It was a cool group of people that I was working with, easier than my last job in that way.

What do you enjoy most about working in the NYC moving industry, and with Cool Hand in particular?

I like the travel, getting around the city and sometimes outside the city. And I like to meet new clients.

What do you like to do with your time when you’re off the clock?

Spend time with my daughter.

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Every neighborhood, from Fort Greene to Harlem, from Bay Ridge to Sunnyside, has its own culinary style.

In a city obsessed with food (in a good way) local movers in NYC get to sample it all.

Each week we are featuring a neighborhood institution that over time and experience or professional packers  will become a no-brainer. The places that when you look at the day’s scheduled moving jobs, you know what you’re having for lunch before you hop in the truck.


This week’s pick! —  Little MO, Bushwick 

As movers in New York City, members on the Cool Hand team are used to quick lunches that are easy to eat in the truck. But every now and then, our movers get an odd hour off between jobs and usually like to kill that time over an energizing meal.

That’s how we found Little MO.

The exquisite Vietnamese eatery, located just a block from Brooklyn’s busy Myrtle and Broadway intersection, offers takeout but should – for pho’s sake – be enjoyed onsite, as many dishes require a fair amount of dexterity.

Every day of the week between noon and 11 p.m., customers pile into Little MO’s refurbished industrial locale to enjoy steaming pho noodle soups, rice bowls and banh mi sandwiches. Little MO is a sit-down eatery but the menu is thankfully far from exorbitant.

For $10, you get a lip-smacking bowl of “Classic Pho” – thin rice noodles steeped in a hearty beef and oxtail broth topped with chunks of grilled ribeye steak, beef meatballs and tripe. Unless you’re wary of spice, the noodle soup is preferably matched with Sriracha sauce or Little MO’s homemade chili paste.  The rice bowls and banh mis span between $10 and $13 and contain all the essentials, plus a couple of welcome surprises. How about a Cajun fried catfish banh mi or a rice bowl with bulgogi-marinated ribeye steak, provolone cheese and kimchi?

Little MO also offers great vegetarian options. The “Vegan Pho” is a delicious and refreshing addition to an otherwise meat-dominated menu and the “Little Bao”  (steamed buns with pickled cucumber, cilantro and ground peanuts) is a perfect afternoon snack.

A Cool Hand mover recently worked in the neighborhood and had been craving a braised pork belly banh mi all day when he was stunned to find out that Little MO had temporarily closed down in light of crippling repairs on the nearby M train station. “Little MO will reopen on November 6th,” read a note posted on the front door. “We know you’ve missed us and we miss you too!”

Spot on, Little MO staff. November 6th can’t come soon enough.

 

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Every neighborhood, from Fort Greene to Harlem, from Bay Ridge to Sunnyside, has its own culinary style.

In a city obsessed with food (in a good way) local movers in NYC get to sample it all.

Each week we are featuring a neighborhood institution that over time and experience or professional packers  will become a no-brainer. The places that when you look at the day’s scheduled moving jobs, you know what you’re having for lunch before you hop in the truck.


This week’s pick! —  Chicken Lovers, Midtown East 

Located just before the Queens-bound 59th Street Bridge ramp, Chicken Lovers is a favorite among New York City movers who crave affordable and substantial meals that are easy to eat in the truck. But, contrary to bland fast food joints, this hole-in-the-wall Greek restaurant serves food that will both fill you up and satisfy your inner gastronome.

The menu is extensive and most options are intriguing but before you get tempted to go for one of the larger orders, zero-in on the instrumental chicken souvlaki sandwich special. For a mere $6.50, you get a hearty serving of grilled chicken wrapped in doughy pita bread with green salad and topped with a garlic-heavy tsatsiki sauce that is to die for. The sandwich comes with a side of fries.

If you have time to sit down, consider ordering one of Chicken Lovers’ delectable lunch or dinner specials. For just $10, you get a half rotisserie-grilled chicken with two sides, a drink and an order of pita bread. That low of a price tag for that flavorful of a meal is practically unheard of in Midtown.

In addition to chicken, the no-frills eatery dishes out great lamb gyros and a surprisingly delicious whole-fried porgy fish served with pita bread and a mango and avocado salad.

The guys behind the counter are easy-going and always happy to chat while cooking up your order.

The other day, when two members of the Cool Hand team dropped in for a souvlaki sandwich, the guy behind the counter complained that the city is becoming too expensive.

“It’s New York City though – that’s why we love it,” he said.

 

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