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SUMMER IN THE CITY: Herald Square Coffee Chat

SUMMER IN THE CITY:

Herald Square
Coffee Chat

In anticipation of the opening of our newest store in New York City's Herald Square, we chatted over coffee–and about coffee–with some of the people bringing the store to life. Rounding out the new shop is Intelligentsia Coffee, sourcing, developing, roasting and delivering the best coffee in the world. While we anxiously await Intelligentsia's new coffee bar at Herald Square, we visited its first NYC location at The High Line Hotel.

Chantal

Women's and Women's
Accessories Store Manager
Years in New York: my entire life
My neighborhood: Bushwick, Brooklyn

I take my coffee with milk and sugar. If I could sit down for coffee with anyone, it would be Oprah. New York in the summertime is rooftops and friends. A perfect summer day in New York is a nice stroll through the park with friends followed by cocktails at any bar in Brooklyn. Coffee culture in New York is fascinating. It's really amazing to walk into a local coffee shop and engage with people who are so passionate and knowledgeable about what they do. Right now I'm working on my blog. It mainly focuses on beauty, fashion, art and culture in New York. In my spare time I'm listening to music or trying to get through stacks of books I've been meaning to read over the years.

Erin

Women's Accessories Store Manager
Years in New York: 3 years
My neighborhood: Bushwick

I take my coffee with soy milk, no sugar. If I could sit down for coffee with anyone, it would be Lil Wayne. New York in the summertime is hot! But I love it. I try to get to beach as much as possible. A perfect summer day in New York is spent outside with my dogs. Coffee culture in New York is not leisurely for me. I'm usually in a hurry. Right now I'm working on figuring out where I'm going to eat lunch. I love food! In my spare time I'm a cancer and I'm pretty in line with my sign's characteristics. I love spending time at home, I'm a total movie nerd. I love thrifting and finding unique treasures.

Raymond

Men's Merchandiser
Years in New York: 10 years
My neighborhood: Bushwick, Brooklyn

I take my coffee iced with skim and two sugars. If I could sit down for coffee with anyone, it would be... so many celebrities or personalities come to mind, but time with my mom would be irreplaceable! New York in the summertime is... the best part is the access to highbrow culture that isn't easily afforded with a working man's wallet. Music, dance, and art are all super accessible in the summertime. A perfect summer day in New York is amazing food, great friends, awesome weather, and people watching. New Yorkers can be very inspiring creatures. Coffee culture in New York is infiltrated by Starbucks but you can find a gem or two if you're on the hunt. My favorite is a place in NoHo called Gasoline Alley. They have amazing blood orange doughnuts. Right now I'm working on the interiors of a friend's apartment he just purchased on Central Park West. Decorating from the ground up! In my spare time I'm taking dance classes to stay in shape. It helps to keep my mind and body centered and allows me to relive my past career as a ballet dancer.

Intelligentsia Coffee started in Chicago in 1995 and will open its second NYC location in Herald Square.
Urban Outfitters' newest store in Herald Square will open June 7, 2014.