Today I intended to pay a visit to the Starbucks located within the New York Stock Exchange. Unfortunately, when I arrived on Wall Street, something dawned on me that I should have probably suspected long ago… they don’t just let anyone in the NYSE. Sure enough, I discovered that the entire building is fenced off and can be accessed only through security gates. So obviously, I’m going to have to think this one through and plan how I will be able to infiltrate the NYSE.
In the meantime, I took a short walk over to the Starbucks on the corner of Maiden Lane and Pearl Street. I must admit I love the combination of these street names. Together they almost sound like the title of a fairytale: The Maiden and the Pearl. I’d read it!
Sadly, this Starbucks is far from a fairytale and is more messy than magical. It’s small, crowded, and a helpless victim to the hundreds of business men and women currently suffering from that 2:30 feeling. In-fact, this Starbucks only saving grace is the unique decor — specifically the hanging wall photo pictured above.
The Decor… Dark grey walls, one of those glossy black brick walls, and a large framed photo that represents Starbucks coffee regions.
The Crowd… Heavily crowded. The kind of Starbucks you enter and then debate whether you have time for it.
The Seating… A small bar against the window that fits four and a few tables-for-two against one wall.
The Hours… Open until 8pm on weekdays and 7pm on weekends.
The Restroom… Just one.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Iced Coffee… Hopefully I’ll drink the whole thing this time.
Overall Starbucks Rating:
A small and crowded FiDi Starbucks.