Metro talks to Kurt Boone, author of recently released memoir “Asphalt Warrior,” about being a New York City foot messenger:
What’s the wackiest thing you’ve ever delivered?
Pet food. Sometimes I do a run for the designer Ralph Lucci and it’s 20 pounds of pet food.
What’s the most difficult part of being a messenger?
Deliveries and pickups for the super rich. They kind of treat us as non-important. The doorman just gives you a funny look ... that means go into the back entrance.
How has being a messenger changed?
Back in the early ‘90s, a lot of the big commissions that we did were for models. We used to get a lot of work just going from advertising agencies carrying their portfolios. That part is completely gone because everything is online.
Would you recommend messengering as a career?
If you’re going to college, and you’re not sure what you want to do, the messenger industry is perfect. You get to see a lot of different industries.
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