It’s finally here. I’m officially typing this blog using Google Wifi at the new Starbucks on Front & Wall Street. At first I thought this Starbucks was having WiFi issues, then I kept searching for available networks until ‘Google Starbucks’ showed up. I connected with ease and began testing the bandwidth to see how it compared to the old AT&T WiFi. So far, I’m impressed.
According to one of the baristas, this Starbucks has only been open for about a month. It still has that new store glow. And I have a feeling this Starbucks is just reopening after suffereing damage from Hurricane Sandy. I can literally see the water of the East River from outside this Starbucks door, and I can easily imagine the flood waters putting this location out of service for quite some time.
But maybe some downtime did this Starbucks well. Now it’s back, and I’m assuming it’s never looked better. The lighting and decor is crisp. There’s silver and grey accents all around, and when combined with the metal tables and wooden floorboards it creates an interesting and modern aesthetic. It has plenty of seating and still provides enough room to keep the place from feeling cramped.
This new Starbucks certainly isn’t helping me finish this blog by the year’s end, but it is a beautiful addition to the NYC Starbucks family.
The Seating… One large communal table, a row of window seating and a unique cushioned bench with mini-tables and ottomans around it.
The Decor… All new and in line with Starbucks new image: crisp, clean, with neutral shades of grey, tan and wood paneling.
The Crowd… Right now the line is non-existent and the crowd is light.
The WiFi… running strong. Thanks Google!
The Location… Not really that conveniently located in FiDi, unless you’re taking in the ferry in from Brooklyn.
The Hours… Only open until 8pm each night and 7pm on Sundays.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Iced Coffee.
Overall Starbucks Rating:
A brand new FiDi Starbucks running on Google WiFi.