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Man Attempts to Visit Every Starbucks in New York City


'Are all Starbucks created equal?' he asks

Taking Starbucks addiction to a whole new level, one New Yorker has vowed to try every Starbucks in the city within a year, and blog about it, obviously.

Looking at the question, "Are all Starbucks created equal?" John McCourt, self-professed Starbucks addict, is planning on visiting 201 Starbucks in Manhattan. "It is my theory that Starbucks can serve as a guide to the neighborhoods of Manhattan, with each store a reflection of its surroundings," he wrote on his blog Starbucks and the City.

Reviews include notes on clientele (SoHo obviously gets the tourists), vibe, and coffee, and the rating system ranges from one cup to five (five being stellar). Helpful notes include, "This is the type of Starbucks you bring a book to. Leave that friend or significant other at home," which means we'll be scouting the blog to find where to get free Wi-Fi without the crowd. This is a much better project than, say, the man who vowed to masturbate in every Starbucks bathroom in the city.


The 15 Best Bagels In New York City

I am a Jewish woman from New Jersey. Do not fight me on this.

Not to be dramatic, but if you come to Manhattan and eat a bagel at anywhere other than the following places, you did not spend your time here wisely. I love you, but I mean that. On that note. welcome to the greatest city in the world! Have the best time!

Part of the Absolute experience is the actual experience of going to Absolute. Sure, the bagels are good&mdasha little bit of crunch, a lot a bit of chew&mdashbut the service is so bad. Makes you feel like you really made a great New York decision, ya know?

Where to find it: 2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Sometimes you wake up in a big-bagel/lil-spread kinda mood and other times you need lil-bagel/lotta-spread. Bagel Talk will help you with the latter. Look at that dough-to-cream-cheese ratio. Don't you want to just WEEP in the best way?

Where to find it: 368 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024

You don't come to Barney Greengrass for the bagels alone. Think of them as the extremely important vessels for some BAMF smoked fish&mdashthen have at it.

Where to find it: 541 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024

About three seconds from Penn Station, Best Bagel has super chewy, reasonably priced bagels. that are quite literally the size of a human head.

Where to find it: 225 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001

In some ways it pains me to put Black Seed on this list, but you probably couldn't trust me if I didn't. This Montreal-meets-New York method of bagel-ing is special&mdashBlack Seed's are a little bit sweeter and firmer than other bagels you're used to.

Where to find it: 170 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012 (and three other locations)

If you've ever wanted to use the word "thicc" in relation to a bagel, this would be the correct place to do it.

Where to find it: 286 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (and three other locations)

There's a lot to appreciate about this long-time baple (that's a bagel staple, duh), but what they're best at is their commitment to their varietals. Also, 9 out of 10 doctors agree that showering your face in salty poppy seeds cures hangovers.

Where to find it: 831 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10022

There's never not a line at H&H and it's never not worth it. Perfectly proportioned, generously topped, and always fresh. Oooooh, they're so goooood.

Where to find it: 1551 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10028 (and one other location)

You know what a bialy is, yes? You know this is the only acceptable place in New York to get one, then, yes??

Where to find it: 367 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002

The kind of bagel you don't want to wait to slice in half and schmear up. Yeah, no one would judge you for biting right into the thing and dipping as you go.

Where to find it: 500 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10011 (and one other location)

Listen. It's fast. It's solid. It's a good way to know you're getting something good in a hurry.

Where to find it: 891 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

Remember how we spoke earlier about the experience of the bagel-eating that is important? And also how sometimes even great bagels are just civilized methods of shoveling smoked fish into your face? Welcome to Russ & Daughters&mdashyou'll love it here.

Where to find it: 179 East Houston Street, New York, NY 10002 (and one other location)

Sadelle's is gorgeous. Like, so gorgeous! But its bagels are small. And yummy (which, I guess, is a nice change of pace from big and yummy?)! That said, you have the option to eat an unlimited amount of them. Get your 'gram ready.

Where to find it: 463 West Broadway, New York, NY 10012

The geniuses behind the rainbow bagel craze that blew up your feedz all those summers ago. People looove TSB, and you will too, if you're into a good dose of sweet in the mornings.

Where to find it: 165 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 (and one other location)


Man Vows To Masturbate In Every Starbucks Bathroom In NYC, Document Results

Good morning! As we all know, it's important to have goals in life. An area man who calls himself Mister PeePee has dedicated himself to exploring the unlimited erotic potential of the Starbucks bathroom. Starbucks Gossip says this gentleman has made a podcast [since removed?] describing his mission to masturbate in every Starbucks bathroom in New York City, and rate the results. That's over 298 rub outs! So which Starbucks is the best one for self-pleasuring? And why are guys so gross?

"Today's Starbucks visit is rated as a 4 Boner," the chronic masturbator wrote on Twitter. "Spacious, clean, excellent coffee, strong wifi, no interruptions & 1 hot chick." But that review dates back to December, and since then he has yet to file anything more than terse updates about which Starbucks he's currently, uh, enjoying. Come on Mister PeePee, don't be such a tease! The world wants to know all about your masturbation. Particularly, the world would like to know your name, you creepy perv.

One commenter on Starbucks Gossip who appears to be a Starbucks employee writes, "Glorious. For everyone 1 of him who decides to mention it, think of how many don't. We have one regular who comes in for about an hour a day and stares, yes, stares, and studies, the baristas working. Even takes pictures (it certainly seems) with his phone. Can't really say anything though since he's a cop. Reminds me of the dude who would wank with honey in the bathrooms in (I believe) MA. fml. fyl. ftj."


Education and Career

At the age of 12, Howard got his first job. First, he was selling newspapers and then working in a local cafe. The boy faced rather hard experience when he turned 16. He was working at the fur store, where he had to deal with stretching the leather. This exhausting job only made Howard stronger and firmed his wish to succeed in future. Being physically strong, Schultz excelled at sports and was awarded an athletic scholarship to Northern Michigan University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications in 1975.

After his graduation, Howard Schultz spent three years as a sales manager at Xerox, and then he started working at a Swedish company Hamamaplast, where he was selling home appliances, including coffee grinders to the businesses like Starbucks. Once Schultz discovered, that this little company purchases his coffee machines way more then some other popular stores. Howard decided to meet the owners of Starbucks and went to Seattle.

Starbucks Corporation is an American global coffee company and coffeehouse chain based in Seattle, Washington. Three partners who met at a college founded it: English teacher Jerry Baldwin, history teacher Zev Siegl, and writer Gordon Bowker. These guys adored coffee and decided to share their passion by opening a small coffee shop.

The store opened in a quiet inconvenient time: at the end of the 60s, the Americans completely gave up on instant coffee. Moreover, the majority of them did not even know that there is some different type of coffee, which is other than instant. Thus, there were not too much of the visitors.

The name “Starbucks” comes from the name of one of the characters of Herman Melville’s novel “Moby-Dick.” A twin-tailed mermaid or a Siren as she is known in Greek mythology became the image of the company. She symbolizes that Starbucks’ coffee is delivered from the different areas of the world. You can still find the original Starbucks logo at the first store in Seattle.

After tasting Starbucks coffee, Howard immediately fell in love with it, as it was something much better than everything he had tried before. Later, Schultz recalled, “I went outside whispering to myself: Oh my Gosh, what a wonderful business, what a wonderful city! I want to be a part of this.” It was love at first sight.

The first version of the logo was based on a 16th-century “Norse” woodcut. Starbucks siren was topless and had a double fish tail. The original brown logo was used from 1971–1987.

The company had a credo, which made its stores popular in Seattle – they actually taught the customers the art of making coffee. This approach and the enthusiasm impressed 29-year-old Schultz, and he was literally begging for a job at Starbucks and bothering its director, Jerry Baldwin, with the phone calls. Schultz was trying to persuade him that the company is capable of opening more stores but Baldwin feared that a rapid expansion might kill the spirit of Starbucks. Once, Schultz finished his attempt with the words, “Well, let’s do it all gradually, in your usual pace, but let’s also create something truly significant.” Next day he was asked to become the marketing director at Starbucks with a salary less than half of what he was getting at Hamamaplast. Howard saw a great potential of the business and realized that he wanted to connect his life with Starbucks. Thus, he agreed to work there even under such inconvenient conditions. In 1982, he moved to Seattle.

In 1983, Howard went to Milan and returned with the recipes of latte and cappuccino, which tripled Starbucks’ sales over the next year. However, the concept of Italian café amazed Schultz the most – it was not just a store but a place for social meetings and leisure. In the United States, the socializing role was mostly held by the various fast-food restaurants. Schultz spent a long time thinking of this entirely new concept when in 1985 he proposed Baldwin to make a focus on creating a network of coffee houses. However, the CEO of Starbucks answered with a categorical refusal. The founders believed that such approach would cause their shop to lose its individuality. They were the men of traditional views, which supposed real coffee to be made at home. But the idea of drinking coffee out literally elated Schultz, and he, being confident in his venture, resigned from the company to open his own business.

Howard Schultz remarks, “Only those who go by unexplored roads, creating new industries and new products, can build a strong, long-lasting company and inspire others to achieve great results.”


Leaving His Footprints on the City

IN 2010, Matt Green, 31, a former civil engineer, walked across the United States from Rockaway Beach, Queens, to Rockaway Beach, Ore. The journey took five months, during which he averaged 20 miles a day, pitched his tent on front lawns and wore through three pairs of Timberland Chocorua Trail boots.

The plan was to take a break from the work force in the hopes of re-entering it in a more fulfilling capacity later on.

“The problem with that idea,” Mr. Green said recently, “is that after you walk for five months straight, the last thing you want to do is go back to a desk.”

So Mr. Green, a bearded Virginia native with a gleeful look in his eye, spent the next year and a half working odd jobs (data collector, farmhand) while he plotted where to walk next. Finally, at noon on Dec. 31, he set off from a randomly selected address on Staten Island with a new goal in mind: to walk every street in every borough of New York City.

Many people have walked every street in Manhattan. The local historian John McNamara, who died in 2004, walked every street in the Bronx. But Mr. Green believes he is the first to try for every block in all five boroughs — a distance he calculates at roughly 8,000 miles, counting parks, paths, cemeteries and occasional overlaps. He estimates that the project will take him more than two years of full-time walking to complete.

Each morning, Mr. Green, who once lived in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, but now sleeps on friends’ couches throughout the city, scrawls the day’s route into a three-by-five-inch Caliber notebook. He starts walking between 10 a.m. and noon and keeps going until the sun goes down. At night, he updates a Google map tracking his progress, uploads photographs to his Web site, imjustwalkin.com, and then researches online the things he saw that day until he falls asleep, often around 4 a.m. To survive, he rations his expenses to less than $15 a day and solicits small PayPal donations on his blog he has received $1,100 to date.

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NEW York is a city of walkers.

As such, those who walk for the sake of walking are called on to distinguish themselves from ordinary pedestrians. In Teju Cole’s recent novel “Open City,” the narrator, a psychiatric fellow at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, takes aimless walks “as a release from the tightly regimented mental environment of work.” The British novelist Will Self — who has published two books on psychogeography, or the effect of topography on the human psyche — once trekked 20 miles from Kennedy Airport to Manhattan. “I walk,” he said, “in order to somatically medicate myself against the psychosis of contemporary urban living.”

Mr. Green’s reasons are less succinct, though similar in spirit. “People tend to narrativize neighborhoods in New York, saying such and such a place is hip, or poor, or ugly or barren,” he said. “This walk is a way of understanding a place on its own terms, instead of taking someone else’s word for it.

“Some people have asked if I’m on a quest to figure out what to do with my life, but it’s almost the exact opposite,” he added. “When I’m outside, I get so immersed in wherever I am that it’s sort of impossible to think about my long-term future.”

This is, in a sense, the point.

As of this weekend, Mr. Green has clocked around 875 miles, striding past slaughterhouses in the Bronx, a hit-and-run accident in Queens and Jimmy McMillan, founder of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party, in Brooklyn. He has swum off the coast of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, and prayed beside Khmer Buddhist monks at a temple near Prospect Park. And on a warm and sunny Sunday in March, he allowed a reporter to accompany him on Day 72 of his walk, which began at First Avenue and First Street in Manhattan.

Consulting his notebook, Mr. Green — who wore his typical uniform of Timberlands, waterproof zip-off hiking pants and a United States Coast Guard sweatshirt over a layer of long underwear — proceeded east along Second Street.

Several blocks on, he rounded a cul-de-sac at the end of Houston Street as traffic roared past on Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive. “I don’t think I have to walk freeway on-ramps!” he shouted over the noise.

Minutes later, however, Mr. Green was confronted with Lillian Wald Drive, a block-long strip of asphalt that dead-ended inside a public housing development and raised the question: How does he define the word “street”?

“The plan was to walk all the public streets in New York City, and this one has all the signs,” he said, noting the sidewalks and streetlights. Some alleys, dog-legs and dirt roads are less clear cut. “But usually, unless a street is gated and locked, I’m walking it.”

Mr. Green admits to dreading the labyrinthine complexity of Lower Manhattan, as well as the final, nitpicking process near the end. He’s familiar with such mechanics: In 2006 he and a friend traversed the entire city subway system, passing through more than 400 stations in a record 24 hours and 2 minutes. But while he is committed to seeing his current project through, he said the “every street” concept was more of a framework for an experience than an attempt to get into the Guinness World Records.

On Third Street, between Avenues D and C, Mr. Green entered All People’s Garden, where Obie Johnson was shooing squirrels out of a gazebo. After some chitchat about fertilizer and rhododendrons, Mr. Green shared the strange circumstances of his visit.

Mr. Johnson, 65, nodded pensively. “I could walk awhile, but I have some trouble getting up the stairs,” he said.

This was a fairly common response, Mr. Green said upon leaving the garden. “There’s something romantic about geometrically traversing a country,” he said. “But when I explain this walk to New Yorkers, they’re like, ‘I walk a lot, too, just not that much.’ ”

MR. GREEN makes no claim to being an accomplished street photographer, yet he is highly attuned to the landscape around him. Near Third Street and Avenue B, he photographed a dead Christmas tree ornamented with empty bags of Fritos and Bamba Peanut Snacks, and then slipped a handful of change he had collected off the sidewalk into a panhandler’s cup.

For lunch he bought two bananas and an apple at a bodega, and ate them as he stepped along Third Street into the slanted grid of the West Village. On the way, he photographed a 9/11 memorial (“That’s the 44th I’ve seen so far”), a sign reading, “Private Mews” (“What a great word, ‘mews’ ”), and a set of boot scrapers attached to an ornate wrought-iron railing (“You see these on certain row houses built in the 1800s”).

Nearing the West Side Highway on cobblestoned Clarkson Street, Mr. Green paused to examine what he believed was an illegal billboard. Just then, a young man in a brown Polo jacket approached.

“I follow your Web site, and just wanted to say I really admire what you’re doing,” said the man, Xiao-Hu Yan, 25, a financial strategist.

Mr. Green was stunned. “You’re the first person to recognize me in New York,” he said, adding that an article about his cross-country walk by The Associated Press had led to several roadside sightings. “Around here, I more or less just look like a dude.”

Later, carefully skirting the previous day’s route through Chinatown and Greenwich Village, Mr. Green zigzagged across sections of LeRoy Street, Avenue of the Americas, Waverly Place, Eighth Street, Lafayette Street, Prince Street and the Bowery, until he arrived at a friend’s apartment on First Street.

“I try to average at least 10 to 12 miles a day,” he said, snapping a final photograph of a Dorothy Day mural. “I mean, it’s not like I want this to be over, but you have to feel like you’re making progress.”

On this day, he had walked six miles, he guessed. Which left about 7,274 miles to go.


26 best things to do in NYC right now

New York City has been called many things—the city that never sleeps, the capital of the world—but it could also be called "The City With Too Many Places to See." Between NYC's many iconic landmarks and and the new classics that regularly pop up, it can be overwhelming to decide which museum to visit, or what neighborhood is worth exploring, on any given day.

That's where we come in: Curbed's editors have chosen 26 sites—cultural institutions, parks, neighborhoods, even houses—that you must see right now. Some are the latest and greatest things to hit the scene, while others are always worth a look, no matter the season.

Looking for more things to do in the Big Apple?

  • If you’re exploring with kids, check out the best family-friendly attractions in NYC.
  • Want to see the city’s best architecture? Check out our guides to New York’s most iconic buildings, and the best Art Deco and modern architecture.
  • Are you a museum nerd? Visit these 13 museums with outstanding architecture, or these 17 under-the-radar cultural institutions.

[Note: Places are listed geographically, starting in Lower Manhattan and continuing north, then through the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.]


‘We have a culture war to win’: Why Starbucks cups always stir up controversy


Snowflakes, reindeer and candy canes are back on the 2016 Starbucks holiday cups after last year’s plain red ones caused an uproar from critics who said that the chain was part of a so-called war on Christmas. (Joseph Pisani/AP)

The culture wars come every December, fueled by peppermint mochas and venti soy lattes. The battleground is Starbucks. It’s always Starbucks, isn’t it? No one is complaining that the blue-and-brown holiday cups at Caribou Coffee take the “Christ” out of Christmas. No one is telling the Olive Garden hostess that their name is “Trump” so that she will have to call out “Trump, party of three!”

Religion. Politics. The Bill of Rights. They all converge here, in front of a glass case full of cake pops.

The company’s current foray into the headlines comes from several Trump-related incidents in stores over the past couple of weeks. On Nov. 16, a video of Miami real estate remodeler David Sanguesa berating a Starbucks employee who he claimed refused to serve him because he was a Trump supporter went viral. (A witness said that Sanguesa got angry that his coffee order took too long.) “We want nothing to do with you,” he told the barista, who appears to be a person of color. “You’re trash.”

Two days later, political consultant Tim Treadstone posted a video of Starbucks employees allegedly calling the police on a man who insisted that baristas write “Trump” on his cup. “Operation #TrumpCup” was born: Treadstone encouraged Trump supporters to go to Starbucks, give their name as Trump, and take video if the barista refused to use the name.

“We have a culture war to win. I’m a Trump supporter. I thought when Trump won, I might just wake up and America would be great again. Guess what, it wasn’t,” Treadstone told The Washington Post. “Obviously, a lot of people aren’t happy with us, and we need to stand up for our freedom and our First Amendment.”

The First Amendment protects your right to speech and expression without government interference. But it does not protect against interference by private businesses, such as Starbucks. Besides, taking customers’ names is not even official company policy. It’s “a fun ritual in our stores,” said spokesman Reggie Borges, who said that Starbucks does not require employees to call out names.

The movement is an “attempt to troll [Starbucks’s] famously liberal baristas into being hypocritical in some fashion: to refuse to serve a customer in the same way that some opponents of same-sex marriage want to refuse service to gay couples,” said Erik Owens, interim director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College.

#TrumpCup is a spinoff of a movement called #MerryChristmasStarbucks, which Joshua Feuerstein, an evangelical social-media personality, started in 2015 when Starbucks released a minimalist red cup that people criticized for being too plain — a design that Starbucks intended as a blank-slate holiday celebration for all faiths.

“I felt as though a point needed to be made that we as Americans are tired of political correctness and the cultural cleansing of anything related to Jesus (i.e. Christmas),” Feuerstein wrote in an email.

In a video, he encouraged his followers to go to Starbucks and give their names as Merry Christmas, so that baristas would write it on the cup. Feuerstein’s video alleged that Starbucks employees are instructed not to say “Merry Christmas.” Borges denied that: “Our baristas are not provided a script or a policy around greeting customers,” he said.

The movement caught on, and even President-elect Donald Trump, then one of 14 candidates in the Republican primary field, jumped into the fray.

“That’s the end of that lease,” he said at a rally, referring to the Starbucks in Trump Tower. “If I become president, we’re all going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again, that I can tell you.”


Protesters visit a Starbucks coffee shop Nov. 19 near Trump Tower in Chicago. (Tannen Maury/European Pressphoto Agency)

Ironically, instead of boycotting the business, many of the Starbucks-related social-media movements involve mobilizing people to actually spend money at a company whose views they presumably disagree with. Feuerstein said that his followers “flooded Starbucks to participate” in #MerryChristmasStarbucks. (He did not answer a question asking whether his message outweighed the company’s potential financial gain.) Treadstone was fine with spending money there: “This was never meant to be a boycott,” he told The Post of his call to arms. “I love Starbucks.”

As many have pointed out on social media, the people who are offended by Starbucks cups are often the same people who accuse their political rivals of being too sensitive about things like the Confederate flag.

“It’s a transparent attempt to stir up false conflict in order to rally a certain subset of Christians against so-called liberal culture,” Owens said.


Starbucks’s minimalist holiday cups in 2015. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

Starbucks’s holiday cups have often featured nondenominational holiday symbols, such as snowmen and stars. Those images have been politicized, too: In 2011, the company was accused of featuring a nutcracker that looked like the Guy Fawkes mask, then a symbol of Occupy Wall Street. Starbucks said it was a coincidence.

And it is not the only company to stick to bland seasonal greetings. Last year’s McDonald’s cup was purple (!) with an image of a wreath and the phrase “Welcome home.” This year’s design features a Christmas tree, as does the Dunkin’ Donuts cup.

The Starbucks design is a lot spiffier this year, too. Inspired by customers who drew on last year’s plain red cups, the company has released elaborate but secular designs — birch trees, snowflakes and strings of holiday lights. In the most overtly Christmas cup, Santa drives his sleigh.

“It would have been difficult for us to ignore the feedback from last year, and we take it in stride, both positive and negative,” Borges said.

Maybe that is why a promotional video features a cup with a drawing of Jesus in the manger — a design that does not appear on any cups in stores. Still, Feuerstein and others seem pleased with the change.

“Looks like the American people have been heard,” Feuerstein said. “And we not only saved Christmas, we elected Donald Trump as our next president and saved the country!”


Starbucks’s 2016 holiday cups on display at a store in New York. (Joseph Pisani/AP)

The idea that something as simple as a Starbucks cup could either save or ruin Christmas would have seemed absurd for much of the company’s history. In the early days, Starbucks was almost snooty, serving espresso to people who were too good for regular drip coffee. It was distinctly Left Coast. Not to mention, it required Americans to learn Italian: The country struggled with words like doppio, venti and macchiato.

Today, Starbucks has more than 12,000 shops in the United States, and 80 percent of the country lives less than 20 miles from a grande eggnog latte.

“Starbucks has a broader target, based on the ubiquity of the brand,” said Derek Rucker, a marketing professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. “With that broader target, you’re more likely to get difference of opinion.”

Part of the reason Starbucks is a frequent target is because its chief executive, Howard Schultz, is outspoken about his politics. In 2013, he requested that customers not bring guns to his stores, even in states where “open carry” is permitted. He launched “Race Together,” a widely mocked attempt to start a conversation about race in stores. He endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. And just before the election, Starbucks released a green cup with an illustration of more than 100 people drawn with one continuous line — “a symbol of unity as a reminder of our shared values, and the need to be good to each other,” Schultz said in a news release. People thought it was the holiday cup, and a mass freakout ensued. Schultz, by the way, was raised Jewish.


One week before Election Day, Starbucks unveiled a new cup in the United States that it described as “a symbol of unity.” The green cup featured a mosaic of more than 100 people, including a coffee farmer and a barista. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

But other companies headed by Democrat-endorsing chief executives have not found themselves in the crosshairs nearly as much. Calls for Republicans to boycott Netflix and Costco did not take off the way that Starbucks protests have. This may be because Starbucks’s history of these types of protests builds upon itself, making the brand a symbolic target for right-wing demonstrators.

“The stage has almost been set, for not only consumers, but also media, to be sensitive to what Starbucks has done, perhaps more than other brands,” Rucker said.

It may also have something to do with consumers’ relationship with the brand.

“Many of us go to the same coffee shop every day, so when there’s a violation, it’s not so easily overlooked,” Rucker said. Potentially, customers are “more vested in their experience there.”

Coffee is a ritual, and when it gets political, it is personal. After all, your name is on the cup — except when it’s Trump’s name instead.


In cities around the world, it can feel like there’s a Starbucks on every corner. And in many of them, that’s almost true. The distribution of Starbucks locations in many cities mirrors the shape of each city—or at least its wealthier neighborhoods.

Shanghai has 256 Starbucks, the most of any Chinese city. But the city with the most Starbucks in the world is Seoul. The South Korean capital has 284 locations, seven more locations than New York City’s 277.

Seven of the 25 most Starbucks-filled cities are outside of North America. Twelve are outside of the US.

(Quartz’s calculations were based upon the city-listed postal addresses in the Starbucks database. For some cities this may overstate the number of locations, since postal cities may include the surrounding area. In other cases this may understate the number of locations, since a municipality might have multiple postal areas. For this reason, we combined Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Bronx addresses into New York City and Kowloon addresses into Hong Kong, among others.)


The week in whoppers: Iron Dome lunacy, the NYT’s data fail and more

Earlier this month, I posted a rant on Medium.com, explaining why New York’s feckless leadership has forced me to leave the city. As homelessness and crime skyrocket and residents suffer a decline in their quality of life, I wrote, Mayor de Blasio and members of the City Council seem unwilling or unable to do anything about it. After The Post reprinted my words and put them on the front page, my message went viral, and I’ve heard from a lot of New Yorkers ever since.

Some of the reaction was negative.

“Save your white tears,” posted one commenter, who also appears to be white.

“I am sorry that your yuppie NYC life has been disrupted by a global pandemic,” wrote another. “People are becoming homeless because they are losing their jobs and you are upset because you have not gotten to go to rooftop parties?”

Even homeless advocate Cea Weaver took to Twitter to bash me: “Extremely glad this person is gone from NYC and encourage those who share his analysis of the homeless to leave (well before in 2021 please).” Public Advocate Jumaane Williams has tapped Weaver for the City Planning Commission, which just proves our leaders are not only out of touch with regular, taxpaying New Yorkers, but actually want us all to suffer for not participating in their brand of activism.

Mostly, however, the response to my post has been overwhelmingly positive. In the last week, about 100 people have reached out to me via Twitter, LinkedIn and Medium. Lately, I’ve been on conference calls two to three times a day with community organizers and moderate Democrats running for public office. Much of the conversation is about organizing a voting bloc, and gathering all of the neighborhood groups (like @savetheUWS and @NYUnited4Change) into one larger organization that represents the concerns of the people at large. With primaries coming up, time is of the essence.

Many New Yorkers are fed up with their leaders, who’d rather virtue signal than get anything done. One concerned citizen is Nicole Palame, a former mental health professional turned political organizer with InformNYC.org. If anyone speaks from a place of compassion regarding our city’s mentally ill, it’s her. After she was attacked on 63rd and Lexington on a December morning by a person who was both homeless and mentally ill, Palame has been demanding reasonable solutions from City Council members Ben Kallos and Helen Rosenthal. So far, she said, it’s been an uphill battle.

“The mental health situation within the homeless situation is not being addressed,” Palame told me. “Adequate services are not being provided, and their issues are now being poured out from the shelters into the streets. We see the same scenarios play out every day in the random attacks on our streets and subways. We are failing these people every bit as much as we are failing the neighborhoods the homeless shelters are in.”

Nicole Palame (right), a former mental health professional turned political organizer, says the city has failed the homeless — and is demanding answers. J.C. Rice

After watching New York City businesses leave or shut down amid the pandemic, Stacey Richman, a lawyer and lifelong New Yorker, also wants to see change. “Local policy must drive the economy and create jobs, which in turn serves the community by creating opportunity and hope,” she told me. “Cities have died in the history of our nation when business leaves. Business creates jobs — from the fruit guy to the restaurant, from the tradesman to the innovator. Each, in turn, provides a job that feeds a child.”


And Pheifer isn't surprised that Garten has become a cooking hero to so many others, especially in quarantine.

"The way she approaches food, she often thinks about the comfort food from her childhood and how she can update that — giving us those foods we've always loved with a modern twist," Pheifer said.

"And one of the biggest things is how she tests her recipes. Once she thinks she's perfected the recipe, she hands it to an assistant who makes it based on how it's written and — if there's any issues or problems — she incorporates the answers into her recipe."

"Even early on, I had very few kitchen fails with her," he added. "Of all the people I've cooked recipes from, she's the one who hits it out of the park."