I foolishly decided to walk the 20+ blocks to get here. Ugh, May flowers my ass.
I shared a small table with a nice old woman who told me not to share it with anyone else when she left… I’ve already let her down.
28th & 7th.
With Brent again, working on the future of the Internet!!!
I’m sitting right next to the employees only door, and when it was opened I accidentally caught a glimpse of a Barista with her pants down. I don’t know which of us will be more embarrassed when she comes out.
6th btw 57&58.
Meeting with Brent to discuss business. It’s frappucino happy hour! Insanity.
I’m back. After a brief decaffeinated hiatus, I am returning to my epic quest to work in every Starbucks in Manhattan! Thank you to everyone who has quietly nagged me to continue posting… I owe you a free cake pop (which by the way are soggy and kind of gross… you’re better off buying some actual cake and an 1/8th inch dowel).
Couple of locations since my last post (#s 28-31). They are:
22nd St. & 6th Avenue
Sheridan Square (72 Grove St.)
57th & 7th
Nothing too interesting to report. The Sheridan Sq. Location has this new machine they are testing out called ‘Clover’ which apparently makes one cup of coffee at a time that is slightly better than a regular cup. So if you’re into waiting a long time to feel better than other people, I guess you’re their target market.
Planning on getting back on track with posts. I’ve gotten busier with projects and work things, but I’ll try to keep going on my quest.
One of two locations in Worldwide plaza, which is apparently the official name for that courtyard you can go to and drink tons of cheap margaritas at.
I was excited to get a frappucino half off, but then found out their ‘happy hour’ promotion had ended, so I bought one anyway at full price.
I hate it so much when marketing works.
70th & Broadway.
Welcome to Starbucks’ second age! A number of changes. There’s a brand new logo for one. Also, they have these new tiny pastries called ‘petites,’ which I guess they’ll charge a dollar or so for. Apparently they’re free with any beverage the next three days so I guess I’ll have to check it out… today I just bought a peppermint tea.
32nd & 2nd.
Purchased nothing, yet I did come in with a delicious cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. Nobody said anything to me. Also, Max and I finished the first draft of our pilot, which is always an exciting day!
There was no ‘Heritage Blend’ countdown today, but a friend of mine sent in this photo showing only one day left!!! When asked about it, both the baristas at her location didn’t seem to know what it meant, but upon further inspection (and minimal research) I’ve discovered that it’s meant to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Starbucks, which is today!
Apparently we’re entering the second age of Starbucks, and there are many changes in store over the next few weeks (according to their website). Stay tuned to ‘I Work at Starbucks…’ for an in depth look at everything that’s different. It just might change your life!*
58th & 8th.
My first (kinda) milestone. I think I’ll plan something bigger for 50. Maybe buy something then.
Didn’t buy anything, but this is the first Sbux I’ve seen with a built in bar, that customers can sit at and order their coffee directly. It’s like a real bar, except without the reason people go to bars.
So, the one I went to 2 days ago said only 7 days left…. Lazy employees or global conspiricy?
2 Columbus Avenue (@59th).
Purchased a Hummus snack pack, and small coffee. The oven was broken, so I couldn’t get a panini, but in the midst of working, two men replaced the oven pretty quickly. I wonder if there is a Starbucks Depot somewhere in the city that is filled with pieces of equipment to just swap in when needed.
Of note: This is the second time this week I’ve noticed a sign announcing a countdown to the release of something called ‘Tribute Blend,’ which is apparently coming out in 7 short days! So wait, within only three short weeks I can be enjoying the soothing taste of Tribute Blend while listening to the new Strokes album on my brand new iPad 2!? The future has arrived people! Get on line now!!!
# 23 (Monday)
Battery Park Plazza
Brief writing session on the pilot with Max. He ordered coffee, I ordered nothing.
Officially, this is the southernmost Starbucks in Manhattan, and by far my favorite so far. Clean atmosphere, multi-leveled, with a great view of Battery Park. Only issue I could see was that the bathroom line was constantly about 4 people deep. I’m guessing it’s spill-off from people who find the Staten Island Ferry restrooms too disgusting.