A coffee war is brewing in Crown Heights, so you know the NY Times is on the scene to count the bodies (and the beans). Two new coffee shops, The Pulp and the Bean and The Breukelen Coffee House, began trading insults and blog posts leading up to opening this month on Franklin Avenue, two blocks away from each other. Besides vows to “buy your coffee machines in about eight months when you decide to close up,” it's actually a pretty friendly fight, but the Times sees a bigger picture, commenting on the neighborhood history and the new opportunities for local rivalries to bicker through the internet. The owner of The Pulp and the Bean sums it up nicely though: “I’d rather see more coffee shops and restaurants open than bodegas and nail salons.”
Local Coffeehouse Rivalry Sparks Times' Interest
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