Report: Starbucks Opening at 125 Division Street

Posted on: June 11th, 2012 at 6:48 am by

Run for the hills, folks. Just a few months after opening an East Village outpost at 49 First Avenue, one of the last frontiers of old-school Chinese Lower East Side may soon get screwed by the same Seattle coffee corporation. Yup.

Alas, reliable sources are saying that Starbucks is headed for the sleepy stretch of Division Street between Orchard and Ludlow. More precisely, the adjoining rear commercial establishment of the recently-constructed condo at 136 East Broadway (aka 125 Division). There hasn’t been much in the way of activity here for years, but last week a handful of neighbors reported seeing some rustling onsite. For what it’s worth, the “store locator” on the website is devoid of any information.

Breathe – a Starbucks deep in the hinterlands below Delancey (BelDel, LoDel, or whatever the hell they’re calling it these days). Obviously the possibility of having a Starbucks here is detrimental to nearby indie coffee shop newcomers like Cafe Grumpy and Lost Weekend.

If proven true, these developments wouldn’t be completely surprising, especially given the swift gentrification happening down here of late. Seriously, have a look around; there are three hotels under construction within a block of 125 Division (i.e. Marriott, Howard Johnson, and unnamed inside Jarmulowsky).

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  • Not Grammar Nazi

    Boweryboogie, please have your editors take a harder look at some of these posts before publishing. OK, this isn’t the AP; it’s a blog. But let’s try to get catch some of the more obvious grammar mistakes…especially if they’re used to lead off a story.

    “Just a few months after opening an East Village outpost at 49 First Avenue, one of the last frontiers of old-school Chinese Lower East Side may soon get screwed by the same Seattle coffee corporation.”

    So who opened an EV outpost? One of the last frontiers? Huh?

    I want to like the Bowery Boogie, but poor writing turns me off…

    • Ugh

      It’s written that way because there is a link that references a previous article about Starbucks. As for “last frontiers”, it’s directly followed by “Old-school Chinese Lower East Side” which explains what last frontiers means. Starbucks is also mentioned on the next paragraph. I don’t see why you had such a hard time comprehending something so simple.

      • Joey

        LOL no. That sentence was grammatically incorrect, and should make any literate person cringe. OP clearly “understood” what the sentence was trying to say. S/he was merely trying to demonstrate *why* the sentence was incorrect. If it is merely enough for you that writing is “comprehensible”, well, then that’s unfortunate.

  • Daniel

    Well, I’d MUCH rather a Starbucks than the stinky little fish market that recently opened on Eldridge between Delancey and Broome. It STINKS in the Summer, Starbucks you are welcome on Eldridge anytime!

    • david

      the person above is exactly the problem here. selfish and ignorant.

  • esquared

    Someone would rather have a Starbucks than a fish market, since a fish market stinks during the summer. And that is why more bars, pharmacies, Starbucks open, in addition to those are the only ones who can pay the rent. Talk about a dystopian reality.

    Let them eat Starbucks coffee beans!