The residents of newish luxury building 55 Hope, where studios go for $2,400, now have a coffee shop to call their own — across the street, on a relatively remote block, musician Franklin Fischer has opened a cafe named after its address, 66 Hope.
Fischer has operated a recording studio in the building for 17 years; when the ground-floor space opened up, he jumped on it. “I wanted to get into coffee because that’s where I go every day,” he said from behind the counter yesterday.
So he got trained on the cappuccino machine by the folks at Oslo, who are roasting the beans, and built some furniture to make the airy room feel like a proper pad, with free WiFi and everything. In the corner where a stray copy of The Times might be found on the communal table, his wife has adorned the walls with plants. Call it the greenhouse effect.
In addition to the coffee, Fischer is serving a sandwich of the day and pastries from Margo, over at Fillmore and Driggs.
66 Hope Cafe, 66 Hope St., nr. Marcy Ave.; (212) 203-2365