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Something Magical Happens When This ‘Coffeetographer’ Goes to Café Grumpy

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Coffee shops are very important to Chérmelle Edwards. As a freelance writer and “coffeetographer” (a coffee photographer), the passionate and too-pleasant-for-someone-so-caffeinated thirtysomething has made coffee her life. Her website, smdlr.com (an acronym for small, medium, and large), is a “cultural ode to coffee culture,” she says. The site is meant to be a “communal space for cultural revolution,” which sounds crazy ambitious. But Chérmelle truly believes in the power of coffee culture: “It’s about showing people that everything we love as a society: music, art, film, style, connection, community, all exists in the coffee shop.”
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Nine Greenpoint Coffee Shops Stayed Up Past Their Bedtimes

<a href=https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tar-Pit/213736618637163><b>Tar Pit</b></a> (135 Woodpoint Rd) served Ploughshares Coffee and vegan treats. <a href=http://www.reverbnation.com/jessecohen>Jesse Cohen</a> played an acoustic set.

Tar Pit (135 Woodpoint Rd) served Ploughshares Coffee and vegan treats. Jesse Cohen played an acoustic set.

<a href=http://www.charlottepatisserie.com/><b>Charlotte Patisserie</b></a> (596 Manhattan Ave) served tasty cream puffs and Counter Culture coffee while Nicole Stanley’s vintage pop-up shop, <a href=http://greenpointers.com/2013/11/05/coffees-night-out-cultural-events-map-1110/'In%20Carrie's%20Closet'>In Carrie’s Closet</a>, sold colorful dresses and coconut purses.

Charlotte Patisserie (596 Manhattan Ave) served tasty cream puffs and Counter Culture coffee while Nicole Stanley’s vintage pop-up shop, In Carrie’s Closet, sold colorful dresses and coconut purses.

<a href=https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-Edna/489543887788991><b>Café Edna</b></a><strong> </strong>(195 Nassau Ave) offered sweet maple mochas ($4) made with Toby’s Estate Coffee, accompanied by poetry, spoken word, and musical performances.

Café Edna (195 Nassau Ave) offered sweet maple mochas ($4) made with Toby’s Estate Coffee, accompanied by poetry, spoken word, and musical performances.

The menu at Cafe Edna.

The menu at Cafe Edna.

<a href=http://www.adelinasbk.com/><b>Adelina’s</b></a> (159 Greenpoint Ave) served its regular menu and Blue Bottle Coffee, in addition to a sweet mulled wine. For the occasion, a video installation by Gabrielle Muller was projected on the back wall. Many cats starred in the artwork.

Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) served its regular menu and Blue Bottle Coffee, in addition to a sweet mulled wine. For the occasion, a video installation by Gabrielle Muller was projected on the back wall. Many cats starred in the artwork.

<a href=http://cargocollective.com/propellercoffee><b>Propeller Coffee</b></a> (984 Manhattan Ave) went all out with its “Mad Men” theme, handing out sketchbooks and markers alongside Parlor Coffee espresso drinks so guests could sketch the 1950s-dressed models (baristas) who sat for portraits.

Propeller Coffee (984 Manhattan Ave) went all out with its “Mad Men” theme, handing out sketchbooks and markers alongside Parlor Coffee espresso drinks so guests could sketch the 1950s-dressed models (baristas) who sat for portraits.

<a href=http://spinanyc.tumblr.com/><b>Spina</b></a> (107 Franklin St), the mash-up flower shop/coffee shop, also served Blue Bottle while guests crowded in to listen to <a href=http://gordonkenny.tumblr.com/>Gordon Kenny</a> rock out on a vintage '80s keyboard. He was followed by Rob Bellcycle, described as

Spina (107 Franklin St), the mash-up flower shop/coffee shop, also served Blue Bottle while guests crowded in to listen to Gordon Kenny rock out on a vintage '80s keyboard. He was followed by Rob Bellcycle, described as "acoustic indie folk meets hyperactive unicorn meltdown. Come for the cello, stay for the tears."

<a href=http://www.cafecitobogota.com/><b>Cafecito Bogotá</b></a> (1015 Manhattan Ave) served their Gillies, their regular Colombian brew, and prepared coffee cocktails to accompany jazz and slam poetry performances.

Cafecito Bogotá (1015 Manhattan Ave) served their Gillies, their regular Colombian brew, and prepared coffee cocktails to accompany jazz and slam poetry performances.

 <a href=http://www.championcoffee.net/><b>Champion</b></a> (1108 Manhattan Ave) provided complimentary fall beverages, a special cider in addition to its own Champion coffee, and local treats like bread pudding made from Peter Pan doughnuts.

 Champion (1108 Manhattan Ave) provided complimentary fall beverages, a special cider in addition to its own Champion coffee, and local treats like bread pudding made from Peter Pan doughnuts.

<a href=http://cafegrumpy.com/><b>Café Grumpy</b></a><strong> </strong>(193 Meserole Ave) had art on display, but the real treat was <a href=http://www.nickdemopoulos.com/>Nick Demopoulus</a> playing the <a href=http://www.nickdemopoulos.com/smomid.html> Smomid</a>, a musical device he created.

Café Grumpy (193 Meserole Ave) had art on display, but the real treat was Nick Demopoulus playing the  Smomid, a musical device he created.

Tar Pit (135 Woodpoint Rd) served Ploughshares Coffee and vegan treats. Jesse Cohen played an acoustic set.Charlotte Patisserie (596 Manhattan Ave) served tasty cream puffs and Counter Culture coffee while Nicole Stanley’s vintage pop-up shop, Café Edna (195 Nassau Ave) offered sweet maple mochas ($4) made with Toby’s Estate Coffee, accompanied by poetry, spoken word, and musical performances.The menu at Cafe Edna.Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) served its regular menu and Blue Bottle Coffee, in addition to a sweet mulled wine. For the occasion, a video installation by Gabrielle Muller was projected on the back wall. Many cats starred in the artwork.Propeller Coffee (984 Manhattan Ave) went all out with its “Mad Men” theme, handing out sketchbooks and markers alongside Parlor Coffee espresso drinks so guests could sketch the 1950s-dressed models (baristas) who sat for portraits.Spina (107 Franklin St), the mash-up flower shop/coffee shop, also served Blue Bottle while guests crowded in to listen to Gordon Kenny rock out on a vintage '80s keyboard. He was followed by Rob Bellcycle, described as "acoustic indie folk meets hyperactive unicorn meltdown. Come for the cello, stay for the tears."Cafecito Bogotá (1015 Manhattan Ave) served their Gillies, their regular Colombian brew, and prepared coffee cocktails to accompany jazz and slam poetry performances. Champion (1108 Manhattan Ave) provided complimentary fall beverages, a special cider in addition to its own Champion coffee, and local treats like bread pudding made from Peter Pan doughnuts.Café Grumpy (193 Meserole Ave) had art on display, but the real treat was Nick Demopoulus playing the  Smomid, a musical device he created.

This past weekend, nine coffee shops curated by Greenpointers offered special menus, treats, and live performances during the neighborhood’s first-ever celebration of its local cafés. It all happened around (where else?) Java Street. Click through our slideshow to relive Coffee’s Night Out.

Photos by Melissa Kravitz

Hester Street Fair Is Opening a Cafe in the New Museum

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The corner of Bowery and Houston is about to become the cornucopia of Bowery and Houston. Just steps from the Whole Foods that hosts Brooklyn Flea’s Smorgasburg, the Flea’s Manhattan counterpart, the Hester Street Fair, is teaming up with the New Museum to open the Hester Street Cafe.
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You’ve Either Seen Tinuade Oyelowo On Girls, or Dancing at Bembe

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Tinuade Oyelowo spends her days slinging soy lattes at Café Grumpy in Greenpoint and her late Saturday nights sweating on the dance floor at Bembe in Williamsburg. At Grumpy, she does double duty: after four months there, she was tapped to play a barista on HBO’s Girls. The 29-year-old Bed-Stuy resident appeared in two episodes last season and will appear in two more next season – “a very surreal New York experience.”
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Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken Gets Signage, Grumpy at Grand Central

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Hey, hey: we just spotted this neon signage going up on the corner of Second Avenue and East First Street in the East Village, where Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken is set to open in late July, according to a construction manager.

Speaking of Brooklyn-Manhattan empires: Greenpoint’s Café Grumpy appears to be on a slow, steady course of dominating Manhattan. Last month, Café Grumpy Time’s Square was announced – and now? Looks like they’re set to arrive at Grand Central Station. [The Real Deal] Keep Reading »