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Great news: A part-cafe, part-bar that also sells collaborative Norah Jones albums is coming to Williamsburg! The cafe will reportedly be called Starbucks, and has just applied for a license to sell beer and wine, reports The Brooklyn Paper, and may even offer a limited-run "reserve" coffee line exclusively for the forthcoming shop at N. 7th St between Bedford Ave and Berry St in order to compete with the other upscale cafes in the neighborhood,...
Last week, a commenter on my article "The Starbucks Is Not the Problem" raised an interesting point: Café Grumpy, Gimme! Coffee, Momofuku Milk Bar, other indie cafes do not hire inner city minorities. Most hire only the hipster, young, attractive, white, transplant from suburban Midwest who think and act as if they are god’s gift to the gentrified neighborhood. Regional origins notwithstanding, it’s true that many independent coffee shops in New York City are staffed...
Outer-borough hackles have been raised in the past several weeks over a familiar player in the ongoing War on Gentrification—Starbucks. Much has been made of two new Brooklyn locations: one in Williamsburg, which opened this week, and one in Crown Heights, set to open this fall in the first floor of a brand-new apartment building. In Brooklyn, Starbucks is the Angel of Death of the Hip, casting its long shadow across neighborhoods of Authentic...
Williamsburg coffee shop The West would like you to know that they are not at all threatened by the upcoming opening of a Starbucks just one block away, thank you very much, and have expressed their totally-cool-with-it feels through a saucy press release, published this afternoon. Writer Douglas Turner writes on The West's website: ...Owner, Esther Bell, says, “We have bathrooms too… no seriously we’ve always been about supporting the community." There are bathrooms! Which is the...

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