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‘I Am Coffee’ Will Only Be Coffee On the Weekends

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

I Am Coffee, the quirky, tiny coffee bar tucked into the second floor of a building on St. Marks Place, is scaling back to two days a week, according to a sign on the door. Which makes it even quirkier!

As New York pointed out a few months ago, the coffee bar, which barely fits a couple of people, is run by a congenial Italian couple who bring the cutting-edge of their home country’s brewing methods to the table, and experiment with their own cocktail-like coffee concoctions.
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It’s Curtains Up For a Coffee Shop in the East Village’s Cultural District

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Photos by Kate Beaudoin

A stone’s throw from where Au Breve remains closed, the owner of the East Village’s latest coffee shop is optimistic she can hold her own. “I’m on the side street and I’m near all the theaters,” says Ginny Taylor, “so customers see me first.” Indeed Fourth Street Central is smack in the midst of the East 4th Street Cultural District, adjacent La MaMa, KGB, New York Theatre Workshop, Paradise Factory, the DUO Multicultural Arts Center, and the Kraine Theater, among others. (Not to mention the new guitar shop and underground cruising den.)
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This ‘Aussiepreneur’ Serves Flat Whites, Is On the Rise

(Photo: Alexander Hall's Instagram)

(Photo: Alexander Hall’s Instagram)

In the month of May, Alexander Hall opened Rosella on the Lower East Side and Brunswick in Bed-Stuy, but he ain’t done yet: “There’s another Brunswick opening in Windsor Terrace in early August,” says the chatty Australian. “Then there’s two more in Harlem towards the end of the year.”
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The East Village’s Newest Coffee Shop Slides Open Its Back Bar This Week

(Photo: Janice Yi)

(Photo: Janice Yi)

The Roost is the OG hip-as-hell coffee shop of our wildest hopes and dreams: Brooklyn Roasting Company single origin beans, Balthazar pastries, fresh flowers and — come Wednesday — a monstrous speakeasy offering up to 16 lines of craft beer (naturally the coffee shop of our dreams is also a bar). It’s even got an OG East Village owner, Vito DiTomaso, who opened the original Luca Lounge on the very same block (in the space The Roost now occupies and the adjacent space) in ’97.
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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.

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

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Where to Chill Like a Williamsburg Internet Mogul, Per the Google Killers at Karta

A sneak peek at Karta.

A sneak peek at Karta.

It’s hard to keep track of everything this city has to offer and it’s hard to effectively brag about all the cool places you go if no one (not even you) knows where those places are. That’s why two Williamsburg residents – Samia Saleem and Dana Steffe – invented Karta, a shareable mapping system that allows users to make and trade maps of all their favorite spots.
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