Ok, well, maybe saying “there goes the neighborhood” is a bit of an exaggeration. After all, Starbucks locations are all over Manhattan and that borough has nothing if not integrity, right? And what about Park Slope or DUMBO or Williamsburg? Those areas aren’t totally ruined and unaffordable, are they? Haha. Shit. Crown Heights residents, consider yourselves fucked.
Via DNAInfo, “love it or hate it, it’s official:” Starbucks is coming to Crown Heights this fall. A company spokesperson says, “The coffee franchise will open its first Crown Heights location on the northeast corner of Franklin Avenue and Eastern Parkway this fall.” It will be located right next door to a Capital One Bank, which is convenient for people who are dead inside and don’t care what their neighborhoods are like.
Residents shouldn’t feel pressured to go to the Starbucks, though. As DNAInfo points out, there are three other “Franklin Avenue spots The Breukelen Coffee House, The Pulp and The Bean and Little Zelda, all located within three blocks of the planned Starbucks site.” So, please, Crown Heights residents, go to your locally owned neighborhood spot instead of the giant burnt bean behemoth. You’re not in Midtown where choices that aren’t chains are limited. You can do better! You should never have to ask for a “grande” anything if you don’t want to! Support small businesses, is all we’re saying, unless you want your whole neighborhood to be banks and Starbucks. And if you do want that? Well, that’s what Manhattan is for. Don’t let the door hit you on your way out.
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