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••• “Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, the Los Angeles coffee shop chain that set up shop in New York a few years ago, has closed all of its stores in the city.” There was one on Broadway between Reade and Chambers. Apparently, the franchisers weren’t up to the company’s high standards. From the its statement: “It is our hope that when The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf returns to New York, the new store owners will deliver the products and service our customers have come to expect through their experiences at the other 1,000+ company-owned and franchised The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations around the world.” (The signs lie.) —West Side Rag
••• Daytonian in Manhattan tells the stories of 311 Broadway, the building with 7-Eleven on the ground floor. It’s amazing how many of these posts include tales of people mysteriously disappearing (and often reappearing).
••• Tonight’s meeting of Community Board 1’s Battery Park City Committee will discuss the Battery Park City Authority’s plans for South End Avenue. —Broadsheet
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