Condé Nast's arrival downtown is, I am sure, going to precipitate more changes to the neighborhood, creating one of those moments when you feel the center of gravity shift. It will be fascinating to see how the landscape is transformed (I hope one result will be an outpost of Starbucks a little closer to the office!).
Fast-forward several decades, and I delightedly accepted an invitation to Villa Zinnia, house of the late Prince Rupert Lowenstein, a great friend of my parents', grand seigneur, and former manager of the Rolling Stones.
Of course, the place does feel wildly exclusive too. The grand (and sometimes questionable) taste of some of the [...]
Starbucks: A Third Place (to use the bathroom without purchase?)
Feel free to use the comments to discuss how you, with the aid of a French press, make your own coffee for pennies, and that Starbucks coffee tastes burnt, and that the trenta-sizing is a Horseperson of the Apocalypse. Or how the "Americano" is so named because WWII soldiers couldn't handle their espresso.
Or, if you've done time in the Starbucks trenches, how people make their own sketchy lattes by using up all of the milk. If you are the person maintaining Wikipedia's absurdly well-documented article on the latter phenomenon, a hat tip [...]
An anonymous source "familiar with the company's New York plans" has revealed that "Starbucks cannot be the public bathroom in the city anymore," due to long lines and the fact that Starbucks employees have to wait in them, too. Apparently a few will stay public, however, meaning that "If you are a tourist," per the mystery Starbucks-bathroom Deep Throat, "you will not know which Starbucks has a bathroom."
News you can use: The Starbucks Trenta cup can hold an entire bottle of wine. And although the Starbucks Trenta cup technically holds more liquid than the average human stomach, I know for a fact that the average human stomach can hold a bottle of wine, so all is well. Plus the straw could help with teeth stains. And if you got a bendy straw you could drink it lying down, and it would be like you were playing hospital with yourself.