Somewhere around 19th Street and Park Avenue South you have the collision of three distinct New York neighborhoods: The Flat Iron District, Union Square, and Gramercy. And I’m currently sitting at the Starbucks that sits there on the border. Since I’ve already visited the former two neighborhoods, let’s focus on the latter.
Gramercy is a neighborhood structured around Gramercy Park. This park is unique for NYC in the fact that it is a private park, and only residents with a key can obtain access. No worries though, the park is actually quite small, and all a member of the general public need do is walk a few blocks west or south to the nearest public park. Trust me, Manhattan is not having a park shortage. But this disposition toward solitude may reveal why Gramercy, the neighborhood, has gained the reputation of being very quiet and reserved.
One peculiar fact about the Starbucks on 19th and Park is that it has one entrance that leads into the street and another that leads into a Bank of America. In case you were wondering the natural progression of the average caffeine addict, it goes bank –> Starbucks. And this location just expedited the process. There’s also a Chase directly across the street in case you’re not down with BofA.
Although not the most impressive of Starbucks, this one is not without its charms. The two red armchairs and poster sized image of an Italian scooter are two notable characteristics.
The Location… Right on the divide of Gramarcy and Flat Iron and directly north of Union Square.
Decor… Light accenting walls, maple woods, and strong lighting make this a very inviting location.
The Size… Just enough room for a barista bar and a few seats here and there.
Restroom… Just one for both Men & Women.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Iced Red-Eye… Perfect if you’re a student working on midterms right now.
Overall Starbucks Rating:
It’s attached to a bank — withdraw your cash then deposit it here.