Seeing green (milkshakes)? Not in New York
New York City has one of the largest Irish populations outside of, well, Ireland. So why is it that we are seemingly the only city in the world without the green deliciousness of the Shamrock Shake? According to McDonalds, it was a vote. A vote?! Who voted? Certainly not me...and I'm guessing that there were no Irish McDonalds employees working that day either. Jeez, the place is named after an Irish guy! What's going on here? Forget 9/11, this is the true conspiracy. This writer is as miffed as I am...and this guy is miffed, too.
My search for the minty milkshake began as soon as March rolled around. I first hit the deluxe two-story McDonald's on 10th Ave., then Times Square, then Union Square and then the Financial District.
At some locations I was met with blank stares. "The Shamrock Shake?" I would repeat. "It's for Saint Pat's Day." Nothing.
As March 17 grew near, the craving became unbearable. I called headquarters.
"New York region no longer stocks the Shamrock Shake," Jennifer Nagy of McDonald's regional marketing told me. "Our branches can vote region by region," and in New York City, the five boroughs and surrounding areas, they're not voting green.
Not so outside the Empire State. "We have it," a worker at a Boston McDonald's told me when I called. "We'll have it for the whole summer!"