As East Villagers fight another Starbucks, a more homegrown chain has announced that it’s expanding in the neighborhood. The Bean, which started in the East Village and now has a place in Williamsburg, is opening its fifth location, at 31 Third Avenue, in the former home of St. Mark’s Bookshop. According to Instagram and Facebook messages, it’s “coming this Fall.”
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The man who attacked a set of college-age brothers with brass knuckles and a knife this February on Hester Street will serve community service, per a plea deal. [Gothamist]
Fifty-year-old Midwood pizza institution Di Fara will sell its slices in Williamsburg beginning this September, when it opens a stand at the forthcoming North 3rd Street Market. [Eater NY]
A recent Times item about the phenomenon of “tip creep” triggered debate on sites like Gothamist, which insisted that you should be tossing $1 into the jar every time someone pours you a coffee. While some commenters agreed, others kvetched that “it is not and has never been standard to tip for counter service.”
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The Bean opened its Williamsburg store today in the swank 101 Bedford complex at the corner of Bedford and North 11th. Full disclosure: we’re tapped into its free WiFi right now. It’s the chain’s first store outside of the East Village, but you’ll find some EV touches as soon as you (and your dog) step inside, in the form of a tiled entryway by Mosaic Man“Mosaic Man” Jim Power and, in the far corner, a wall painting by Nicolina and Walker Fee.
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Gavin Compton, owner of Variety Café and Miller’s Tavern, brewed up a hot idea for his latest endeavor: coffee roasting. The newest addition to the Variety family is at 146 Wyckoff Avenue; as of April 1st, it’ll be offering a variety (yes, we went there) of coffee from around the world.
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Because Bedford Avenue isn’t caffeinated enough, The Bean, a chain of East Village coffee shops popular with NYU students, is planning to open a location along Williamsburg’s main thoroughfare this Spring. And the Manhattanization of Bedford continues!
The Bean’s fourth outpost — in a brand new residential building at 101 Bedford, just a block from McCarren Park — is due to open this April.
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Let’s face it. Your dog is sick of being chained up outside of coffee shops. Sick of being left out in the cold, fastened to a light post to stare through the window as you consider buying a scone. Your dog didn’t sign up for your caffeine dependence.
In case you forgot, Gilmore Girls is making a triumphant return to Netflix on November 25, just in time for the show’s Sweet 16. If you just can’t wait till then to cozy up with
your best friends on Earth these strictly TV-only characters who you’re just somewhat mildly familiar with, and a piping-hot cuppa Joe (the Gilmore Girls official beverage of choice, duh), then Netflix has something sweet (but mostly just bitter) to hold you over.
Boy, did we get an earful back when Broad City screened a sneak-peek of season 2 and we spilled the beans. And who can blame Comedy Central for wanting to keep a lid on such hilariousness? Last night at NYU Skirball Center, during his New York Comedy Festival appearance, Nathan Fielder confirmed that “Comedy Central is paranoid about stuff leaking,” and implored his adoring fans not to film the unaired episode of Nathan For You that he was about to screen.
Schmackary’s, a Hell’s Kitchen cookie shop that has enough of a cult following that it’s the subject of a BuzzFeed list, is the latest Manhattan spot to open on (or just off of) Bedford Avenue. The cookie shop joins Meatball Shop, Dos Toros, Umami Burger, Sweetgreen, Davey’s Ice Cream, Joe’s Pizza, The Bean, and soon Gunz and Parm in turning Williamsburg’s main drag into a mini Manhattan.
A couple of big developments on campus: Marymount Manhattan College has announced that its Cooper Square dorm will open at the end of the month, and NYU has announced that its Coles Sports and Recreation Center won’t be closing till at least the end of the year.
First off, MMC revealed today that its 12-story student residence at 200 East 6th Street — which sprung up after developer Arun Bhatia controversially demolished a historic row house at 35 Cooper Square — will open August 28. The residence will feature amenities such as an outdoor terrace space, a 24-hour study lounge, laundry facilities, bike storage, and a gym. Students will also get discounts at places like Fresh & Co, New York Health & Racquet Club, The Bean, and Kmart.