01/10/17 11:48am
Via @starbucksnorth7th on Instagram.

Via @starbucksnorth7th on Instagram.

It’s hack to get upset about Starbucks these days since the omnipresent, if not eternally boring, chain has become such a part of the background of NYC, like many banks, Vitamin Worlds and other things that pass through our vision like reused backdrops in old cartoons. So when the Starbuckses (Starsbuck?) arrived in Williamsburg in 2015, it was met with a sigh of inevitability: the neighborhood well on its way to being little Soho was of course a natural home to the coffee giant and its copy-and-paste coffee house furniture, soundtrack and food.

The problem with Starbucks is that it’s so unnecessary in a neighborhood like Williamsburg, which has long been filled to the brim with a bounty of coffee places surfing riding that coffee third wave. That means the only reason you’d choose to go to Starbucks is that you: A) don’t know about the other spots in the neighborhood or B) genuinely prefer it to a local shop (A is slightly more offensive than B to me for many reasons).

But shortly after opening, things got a little more intense in the Brooklyn coffee wars: The Starbucks off Bedford Avenue started selling beer and wine to attract the nighttime caffeinated drinker crowd, which put them in direct competition with many of the bars and coffee shops in the neighborhood. And guess what just happened? Starbucks lost.  (more…)

12/23/14 11:46am
brooklyn dunkin donuts

The just blend right in. via Flickr user Lou Bueno

When it comes to chain stores causing us agita, people seem most inclined to freak out when a Starbucks opens in their previously Starbucks-free neighborhoods. That’s all well and good, but while you’ve been writing those thinkpieces about what that new Starbucks means, Dunkin’ Donuts has been quietly opening all over the city, to the point where there are now 125 Dunkin’ Donuts in Brooklyn as compared to just 27 Starbucks, per the State of the Chains report. Better turn your thinkpiece settings from “coffee” to “donuts.” (more…)

05/16/14 2:15pm
district flea

Apparently their good taste wasn’t unimpeachable. ::rim shot:: via Facebook

Despite the fact that the Brooklyn Flea couldn’t work their curated magic in Philadelphia, things seemed to be going a little bit better in the outpost in the nation’s capital. Or so we though, since we don’t bother paying attention to DC except for the imaginary DC of Veep. As it turns out, things weren’t so hot at the District Flea though, because it just abruptly pulled up stakes this week. And in a familiar refrain, a resident claimed carpetbagging did the Flea in. (more…)