You’re in Manhattan and jonesing for a Venti Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino®. Quick, where’s the closest Starbucks? Chances are, it’s four blocks away or less.
The data blogger Ben Wellington of I Quant NY plotted the location of every Starbucks on the island, then measured the distance between each Manhattan’s lots and the closest outpost of the coffee chain. Half of Manhattan — and the vast majority below 110th Street — is less than .1 miles away, and 20% of the borough is only two blocks away.
Wellington named 73 Payson Avenue in Inwood as the spot that’s furthest away from the green mermaid, but unbeknownst to him at the time, a Starbucks location just opened two blocks away. The most remote you can get below 96th Street is at 140 Baruch Place in the Lower East Side, .93 miles from the nearest Pike Place® roast.
(Photo: @Jim Pennucci)