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If there's one thing even more certain than death and taxes, it's that—at some point in its history—each and every New York City neighborhood will be described as "up-and-coming." Even long-established neighborhoods like Brooklyn Heights or the Upper East Side go through iterations where they are suddenly viewed as trendy rather than staid. And in the last couple of decades, the gentrification of Brooklyn has led to media outlets anointing one after another of...
Last week, news came that Starbucks would be opening up a branch of its ubiquitous-in-Manhattan-if-not-yet-Brooklyn coffee house in Crown Heights. And because I despair at the thought of Brooklyn's neighborhoods succumbing to the mall-ification that plagues much of Manhattan, I lamented the arrival of Starbucks, imploring residents to seek out the many locally owned coffee shops that have long-been in the neighborhood, including The Pulp and the Bean, owned by Tony Fisher, whose family...
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...
While Best In Show's Meg and Hamilton Swan actually lived in Chicago, the story of how the two met—eyeing each other from two separate Starbuckses across the street—appears a lot more likely to happen in Manhattan. Or so this fun little chart suggests, revealing that half of the borough is less than .1 (or four blocks) away from the closest Starbucks. You know, in case you needed another reason to thank your lucky stars...

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