We just got word via a press release that Carvel is celebrating the opening of its “newest Lower East Side shoppe” with free ice cream. Exciting, right, Lower East Siders? I mean, the chef-driven flavors at Morganstern’s are alright and all, but nothing tastes quite like big chain ice cream (mmm, tetrasodium pyrophosphate!). There’s just one problem: the shop is at 9 Broadway, which, despite the announcement’s assurances that “Lower East Side guests will also notice digital menu boards,” is not on the Lower East Side. It’s in the Financial District, off of Battery Park, and yet franchisee Eric Chang is quoted as saying, “We hope to serve the Lower East Side for years to come.” Then you might want to move to the Lower East Side, bud. Because your shoppe is in the Financial District.
As expected, Dunkin’ Donuts has plunked down on Cooper Square, in the former home of Norman’s Sound & Vision — because apparently the one thing that was missing from Latte Row was cookie-dough coffee. It remains to be seen whether No 7-Eleven will form a splinter group called Dunkin’ DoNOT.
If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk, and if you bitch about Dunkin’ Donuts in Williamsburg, they’re going to not care and instead keep opening more locations. Just a month after the opening of their widely bemoaned Bedford Ave. store, the popular (and not so popular) doughnut chain has started renovation on a new location directly off the Metropolitan L. Signage for the forthcoming shop has gone up at 527 Metropolitan Ave, former home to the charmingly sketchy Subway Bar.
While outrage over the new location has yet to start, it’s a safe bet that locals will most certainly not be coolatta about this.
Sure, some Williamsburgers are outraged about the Dunkin’ Donuts opening on Bedford Avenue, and sure, some East Villagers are outraged about the 7-Eleven bound for Avenue A. But which of the chains is causing the most outrage? Yesterday afternoon, we asked 30 passersby at each construction site to tell us just how outraged they were, on a scale of 1 to 10. Here’s how it panned out.
A 7-Eleven opens once every three hours, according to Scott Teachenor, market manager for 150 of them around the city and Long Island. “We’re the largest retailer in the world,” he told residents of the Seward Park Housing Co-Op last night. “I’m kinda proud of that.”
At a sometimes contentious meeting to discuss the store’s second Lower East Side branch — slated to open next month at 403 Grand Street — co-op residents raised questions about everything from late-night robberies to the Kelvin temperature of the store’s light bulbs.