On any given day during the lull between lunch and dinner, scores of food delivery workers gather in parks throughout Manhattan for pick-up games of soccer.

For most, it’s the only time they can relax after traversing the streets of the city on their electric bikes all day. But as the temperature drops, their soccer games take on a second purpose, as a way to stay warm.

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the regular soccer game at Lion’s Gate Field on the Lower East Side drew about 100 as app delivery worker crews that claim turf in different sections of Manhattan flocked for a socially distant holiday dinner in between penalty kicks.

Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY Delivery cyclists ride down Broadway in Manhattan to protest a lack of protection during the coronavirus pandemic, Oct. 15, 2020. On any given day during the lull between lunch and dinner, scores of food delivery workers gather in parks throughout Manhattan for pick-up games of soccer.

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