An ingenius Brooklynite cooked shrimp on a 72nd Street stoop — literally, on the concrete — during a hot June afternoon, neighbors say. Seeing the dozens of decapoda roasting on the doorstep between 11th and 12th streets was too much for one Dyker denizen to stomach.
“I thought, ‘Man, that’s dirty if somebody’s gonna eat that,’ ” said Vinny V., who lives nearby on 74th Street and asked that his last name not be published for personal reasons. “What if a dog comes by and pees on it?”
Vinny wasn’t convinced residents were actually cooking the shellfish — rather than just defrosting them — until he returned to the block later that day.
“We came back and the shrimp were on the sidewalk,” he said. “They were following the sun with the shrimp.”
A woman who answered the door at the residence on July 7 said she did not know anything, and did not speak English.
Another neighbor speculated that sun-drying might be a traditional rural cooking method that only appears gross on city sidewalks.