A Starbucks will open on the border of Bushwick and Ridgewood sometime this year, Ridgewood Social first reported. It will soon appear at 329 Wyckoff Ave, just outside of the Myrtle-Wyckoff station. Before we start crying “gentrification,” though, it should be noted that this part of town is already full of chain stores and fast food restaurants (the Starbucks will share space with a Planet Fitness), and that Twitter commentary from non-media people is mostly positive. Starbucks doesn’t even represent gentrification anymore. Starbucks is just America.
Starbucks haters will continue to not go to Starbucks: “I will still be getting my favorite cup a’ Joe from local coffee shops in the neighborhood and I hope those who support small businesses will do the same,” Ridgewood Social’s blogger writes. Indeed, there is no shortage of independent coffee shops in the area, and those who want Brookyln Roasters tweeness or authentic bodega swill will still be able to do so. In fact, this Starbucks will probably be mostly occupied by loud teens, as so many chain restaurants in New York City are.