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Here’s How Locals Are Feeling About Williamsburg’s First Starbucks

Starbucks' new Williamsburg outpost (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

Starbucks’ new Williamsburg outpost (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

In case you hadn’t heard, Williamsburg finally got itself a Starbucks location this morning—on Union Ave near the Lorimer/Metropolitan L and G station. The neighborhood is already in the throes of an identity crisis, what with the closure of old stalwarts and the imminent arrival of megaliths like J. Crew. While the Twitter-sphere at large explodes with consternation at this latest development (woeful declarations of the demise of the neighborhood abound), we hit the streets to find out what locals really think about their newest coffee purveyor.
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At Last, a Look Inside the New St. Mark’s Bookshop

The new St Mark's Bookshop location (Photos: Kirsten O'Regan)

The new St Mark’s Bookshop location (Photos: Kirsten O’Regan)

After a spate of setbacks and slowdowns, St. Mark’s Bookshop has reopened in its new digs at 136 East Third Street. It’s the beloved book store’s fourth iteration since opening in the East Village in 1977. It had been at its previous spot off of Third Avenue since 1992.
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Attack of the Goth Lolitas! Harajuku Girls Descend On the LES

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That veggie burger wasn’t the only thing that brought bonkers crowds to the Lower East Side over the weekend. For one very kawaii afternoon, the neighborhood turned into Harajuku and Allen Street was Takeshita Dori as Tokyo Rebel, a beacon of Japanese punk, Goth and Lolita fashion, reopened to frilly fanfare.
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This New Belgian Beer Bar Has a No-TV Policy Worthy of Its Name

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While bloggers wring their hands over an “influx of hipsters” at a Ridgewood old-timer, another bar has announced its imminent opening in the neighborhood. The Monk will serve Belgian beers mainly, if not exclusively, and owner Joe Figliolia would like to clarify that doesn’t mean American-style Belgian beer. Poseurs be warned.
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This New Hawaiian Pop-Up Is Putting Down Roots

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Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Wahines

Brooklyn Wahines has been quietly popping up in the Stan’s Cafecito space two nights a week ever since Honolulu native Siobhán Edwards of Red Wagon Catering opened it last month, but now it’ll be open Wednesday through Saturday nights. Between that and Onomea, South Williamsburg is becoming a virtual archipelago of Hawaiian food.
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This Cali-Style Vintage Furniture Shop Just Came Out of Hiding

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Kyla Burney started out selling furniture on Craigslist—not exactly the norm for trendy vintage retailers these days. Her friends asked her to help them decorate their homes, and those friends told their friends, and eventually Burney had a regular clientele. Two and half years later, she found her niche in Greenpoint and opened a showroom, Adaptations New York.
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Inside Patacon Pisao, Aiming to Sling Venezuelan Gutbombs By Month’s End

(Photo: Courtesy Patacon Pisao)

(Photo: Courtesy Patacon Pisao)

When we hosted Patacon Pisao at the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar last summer, the Venezuelan spot planned to open on the Lower East Side on October 1. Nine months later, Jonathan Hernandez, the brand’s VP, tells us he hopes to finally start frying plantains for gigantic sandwiches in the next couple of weeks.
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At Pasta Shop, You Can Eat Rigatoni Like It’s Ramen

(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

Now that the Neapolitan pizza craze has come and gone, it might just be time for pasta to take its place at the center of the table. First there was Bar Primi, which jettisoned secondi in favour of showcasing what was traditionally only the semolina-heavy first course. Now, there’s Pasta Shop, which materialized as if from thin air at a former garage space by the Jefferson Ave L stop last week.
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