Cafe Grumpy, the Greenpoint coffee roaster that shot to fame as Ray and Hannah’s place of employment in Girls, is opening a seventh shop in Nolita. The roaster just signed a lease at the Brewster Carriage House, the luxury condo building on the corner of Mott and Broome where John Legend lives.
News of the 15-year lease comes via broker Eastern Consolidated. The 19th-century building was once home to a factory that built carriages used by the Astors, Vanderbilts, J.P. Morgan, and Abraham Lincoln, the press release notes.
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.” More →
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.
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. More →
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.” More →
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]