Today is one of those typical New York days where the sun skips over the island of Manhattan. Between the tall buildings and hazy skies, the city gets just enough hours of light to justify the passing of a day and then succumbs to darkness once more. And now that summer is officially over, the days are growing even shorter.
Still, on a gloomy day like today, going for a walk in the city isn’t a horrible idea. It’s not to hot nor is it cold enough to justify a jacket. So today, I put on my walking shoes and took a stroll north to the Starbucks on 90th and 1st Avenue. I had this sneaking suspicion that this Starbucks would be the perfect spot for a day of studying, and with the fall semester fully commenced, that’s just what I need.
And I wasn’t wrong.
The worst thing you can say about the Starbucks on 90th and 1st is that it’s boring. There’s no chatty line waiting for coffee; no tourists with luggage; and no crazy people trying to give away laptops (see yesterday’s post). There’s just three baristas serving coffee and maintaining a lobby full of studious and quiet patrons. Everyone in here is keeping to themselves, and they are all occupied with newspapers, tablets, laptops or smartphones.
Starbucks such as this are certainly a luxury of a small neighborhoods like the Upper East Side’s Yorkville. And if boring is the price you pay for a comfy seat and a place to concentrate, then maybe I’ll rethink my continued boycott of boredom in my life… at least every once in a while.
The Decor…Probably my favorite thing about this Starbucks is its wall decorations (pictured above).
The Seating… There are two lounge chairs by the entrance, two sections of window seating as well as two long sofas with tables-for-two lining them.
The Crowd… They come and they go, but the crowd is never to heavy and a few seats always remain vacant.
The Power Outlets… On every wall I could see and attached to the sofas.
The Location… 90th and 1st isn’t exactly the most happening area in the city. Perhaps it’s because it’s really not close to anything, including any trains.
The Restroom… Just the one.
Drink of Choice:
Venti Iced Skinny Vanilla Latte.
Overall Starbucks Rating:
A quiet and studious Yorkville Starbucks.