How the ‘Lox Sherpa’ of Russ & Daughters Kept His Cool During Sandy

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All newspapers should be read through lox slices, no? Photo: Andy Rapoport

A 39-year-old who spent his childhood barefoot in and around a wooden shack nestled deep within the Himalayas has been working at the Lower East Side lox institution Russ & Daughters for a little more than ten years. After lower Manhattan lost power last week, Chhapte Sherpa, who is now an assistant manager at the famed appetizing shop and can cut lox so thin you can read "a newspaper through it," commuted from Jackson Heights to the LES each day to keep the caviar ice cold and save the shop's smoked fish. It's no big deal, apparently: “I never even know what electricity was, never saw it, until I was in my 20s," he tells the Times. [NYT]