I’m back with another NYC geography lesson. Today’s topic: TriBeCa. Another one of Manhattan’s abbreviated neighborhoods, TriBeCa stands for the “TRIangle BElow CAnal street.” Seriously, who comes up with these things, and how do they catch on?
Anyway — this neighborhood is literally an upside-down acute triangle, with Canal Street as the base, West Street and the Hudson on the west, and Broadway on the east. Just north of the World Trade Center and the Financial District (FiDi), TriBeCa consists of a lot of residential lofts with inviting restaurants and shops below. TriBeCa also houses many celebrities. A few of the most noted include: Beyonce & Jay-Z, Meryl Streep, Jon Stewart, Justin Timberlake, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
The Starbucks on the corner of Leonard and West Broadway is directly in the center of the triangle that is TriBeCa. And I must say — this is another of the elite Starbucks of the city. I think what is most impressive about this location is the plentiful supply of seating and relatively few occupants. Usually the weekends slam Starbucks with crowds — regardless of the neighborhood — but this location is less than half full — or is it half empty?
More-so than any other Starbucks, I can imagine myself coming here to really knock out some work. The benches and walls are equipped with power outlets, and the the exterior is made up of paneled glass which fills the room with natural light. Although there are an estimated 130 other Starbucks between my apartment and this particular location, the environment this one provides might be worth the trip.
The Crowd… For 2pm on a Sunday, this place is desolate — in a good way.
The Decor… Hanging star lights, grey walls contrasted with maple wood, and a neat display of classic coffee grinders (see above).
Seating… Two long faux leather benches, plenty of high tables lining the window, and two long group tables in the center of the lounge.
The Location… A beautiful downtown neighborhood with plenty of unique shops and restaurants. Great for a Sunday stroll.
The Restroom… Just the one.
The Hours… Closes at 9pm on weekends and 10pm on weekdays.
Pleasant attitudes all around.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Iced Caramel Macchiato… I did yoga this morning so I don’t feel guilty for getting one of the more sugary drink options. And it is oh-so good.
Overall Starbucks Rating:
Adorable neighborhood. Adorable Starbucks.