Whether you’re studying, writing, or getting your caffeine fix, the merits of Brooklyn’s cafes are numerous. There’s our forever friend, coffee, the presence of other likeminded humans, free WiFi, sweet treats for a snack break. They’re warm in winter, cool in summer, and plenty of them have backyard space. They’re a time-proven haven for artists, writers, and the world-weary, and more than ever they’re popping up all over Prospect Lefferts Gardens. This has not always been the case for PLG, but the area is now more freelancer friendly than ever.
There’s ever more places to choose from the area, but here area a few of our favorites (and if you have questions regarding camping out at your chosen spot, see our guide to cafe camping etiquette). (more…)
Drink and eat all you want and just pay by the hour at Glass Hour. Via Facebook.
Loitering has been a problem for coffee shop owners for so long that we’ve gone through several cycles of addressing it in New York City. First came limiting laptop hours and eliminating outlets, then things like timed wifi. Britcom hit Fleabag skewered the annoying laptop camper in its inaugural season this summer, which means it’s far from just an American thing. It’s a tough balance for businesses to strike between enabling the long, languorous cafe afternoons that can be good for productivity and community while also limiting the freeloaders who just want your wifi and free coffee refills while they turn a table into their personal office space.
But what if a cafe embraced lingerers instead of chasing them out? That’s the premise of Glass Hour, a new “anti-cafe” and “new-age working space” that opened in Williamsburg on Aug. 26, where customers can eat, drink and play their games as much as they want; they pay by the hour they spend there, not by what they consume. It’s a hybrid of a coworking space and a coffee shop. But will it work? (more…)
Every low-budget, office-less blog needs its unofficial home-in-a-café. For the past, oh, seven months, Ditmas Park’s Vox Pop has been the place where we get together, caffeinate and let the money-saving ideas flow. And we like being surrounded by dog-eared copies of revolutionary manifestos. But apparently, the café’s anti-big brother ethos extends to taxes too (what good anarchist pays taxes?), because Vox Pop has been shuttered by the G-men.
The Ditmas Park Blog reports that the five-year old Cortelyou Road café was closed early this week by the NYS Dept. of Taxation and Finance for accrued back taxes. Vox Pop’s manager told the blog that the taxes are part of the café’s “legacy debt,” incurred under its founder and former CEO who left the café early this year. (more…)