Deconstructing a Composition of a Coffee Culture in Queens, NY
One block from Roosevelt Avenue's rumbling 7 trains, Espresso 77 covers all the homey-neighborhood-cafe bases. Idiosyncratic local artwork festoons the walls, the smell of coffee brewing perfumes the intimate space, and competition for the two window-side chairs is fierce and unapologetic. The cafe is at its best on Saturday mornings when a steady parade of late risers, overly ambitious students and stroller-shoving parents construct a reassuring tableau of normalcy. For the dedicated people watcher, it's a goldmine; for the caffeine junky, it's a place to score a rare shot of black gold in inner Queens. So come by one weekend and grab a New Orleans-style iced coffee, but don't expect to get the chair next to the radiator. That one's mine.
- Megan Cytron (Editor) Congratulations! You won Grand Prize Writing in the Coffee Contest.