Sunday, June 12, 2011

The way we live now: Starbucks, Chase or Duane Reade?


Dave on 7th spotted this on Second Avenue at 10th Street... at the former Cafe Centosette.

13 comments:

East Village Eats said...

Too early to throw Subway up in the mix???

todd said...

Has anyone scanned that QR code?

East Village Eats said...

Yeah, http://www.gregorysanders.com A writer.

blue glass said...

the sign is great.
the sign is correct.
we need another chase bank.
the closest chase to 10th and second is st. marks and second. two whole blocks!

and starbucks is a whole block away on 2nd and 9th. they moved across 9th street and renovated and still saved money when their rent went up. imagine, the rent being too high for starbucks.

i heard the rent at centocette went up to $26,000 a month!
could that be true?

Jeremiah Moss said...

genius, love it. though i would add: hipster artisanal (coffee, ice cream, grilled cheese sandwich, cupcake) shop to the mix, so the proprietors and their friends can argue, "hey, would you rather have a real independent business like us or a bank?"

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

In exciting Duane Reade news, the company was purchased by Walgreen's earlier this year. My wife told me after cost of a prescription med of hers at the corner DR doubled overnite.

VH McKenzie said...

@ Jeremiah Moss - make those artisanal items:

- fair trade coffee

- non-dairy ice cream

- gluten-free cupcakes.

Personally, I could use another cobbler to replace the good old guy who surrendered his space diagonally across the intersection from Cento Sette (sort of).

I need to keep my old shoes and boots in good shape since I can't buy new ones, nevermind pricey artisanal foods.

Anonymous said...

A bank or a Duane Reed doesn't sell alcohol and stay open until 4am with screaming idiots out front and or back. It seems to me that folks get all riled up when they hear Starbucks, Duane Reed, Subway etc, but these places are not anywhere as awful as Hearth, Octavia's Porch, The Beagle, Mercadito, Northern Spy or Westville that cater to yuppies from all over the city. Perhaps if more folks got riled up at the fact that CB 3 keeps giving out liquor licenses and showed up at meetings to fight them we wouldn't always be faced with this of a chain or a bank and might get a few real small businesses in the hood. The next CB 3 SLA meeting is on Monday evening and there will inevitably be some blood thirsty a-holes looking fast buck off a liquor license - so get to the meeting and say no - we won't stand for this anymore.

blue glass said...

is that our choice? a disruptive bar full of jerks or a chain store full of crap?
how about a store that benefits the residents and does not destroy the neighborhood?
we should not be arguing with each other over the what is destroying our neighborhood. we should be working together to protect it.

glamma said...

it's true, the real options are chains or frat bars. and while there is no one that hates those frat morons more than me.. i am SO anti-chain, especially when you look at corporate strategy for infesting urban areas, the way they permanently destroy local small business, permanently hike rents, attract others like them, encourage landlords to sell out... i think the damage done by chains is actually far more powerful, lasting, and culturally dangerous....

esquared said...

hey, at least the choices are not a bar or yet another empty storefront (just beating the sarcastic remark from that anon.)

Anonymous said...

What about another plant store to replace the one closed down recently due to death of the owner? That doesn't serve liquor and doesn't draw a 'whoohoo' crowd either... Or shoes, fabric, hardware, books, magazines, oh well nevermind.

Word verification is: pingrat

Anonymous said...

Hey how about a housingworks thrift store?