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Each week brings news of new development somewhere in Brooklyn. That's just the city we live in. This is particularly true in the epicenter of glassy development that is the new Williamsburg, where it seems every time a artisanal cocktail gets made, a Manhattanite picks up the keys to a $4,000/month 1-bedroom apartment. But beyond the problem of what the development means—for the neighborhood, for the borough, for the future—it's worth considering on the...
Crown Heights's lowly skyline continues its rise, getting glassier and glassier along the way. 608 Franklin Avenue (a.k.a. 1036-1042 Dean Street, down the block from the much-hyped Berg'n) will become the ever-fancier address of a big glassy boxy thing for rich people to keep their stuff in. But fear not: At least 608 Franklin won't have a Starbucks! But who's really to blame for all this pricey, pricey new construction? YIMBY speculated that the new building,...
Back in August, we learned that the new N. 7th Street Starbucks in Williamsburg (one of two in the neighborhood) had applied for a license to serve beer and wine on premises. And even though we dismissed the company's rationale for why this particular branch would be benefited by offering alcoholic drinks in addition to its regualr highly caffeinated, sugar-laden options (a company spokesperson credited it to Williamsburg residents' "tremendous thirst and varied tastes," which...
Starbucks announced that it will test two new types of stores in Seattle and New York, in an aim to boost its cachet in America's coffee capitals. In Seattle, the chain will open a "small-batch reserve roastery" in Capitol Hill, the Williamsburg of the West, and in Manhattan, they'll try out an "express" coffee store, with a limited menu, mobile ordering, and digital payment, NBC News reports. So like Seamless, but for coffee, and...