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For a long time, it seemed the trendy coffee shops populating Brooklyn and Manhattan were staying in Brooklyn and Manhattan. This part of the Bronx got close with Buunni Coffee on Riverdale Avenue, … more
It wouldn’t be an understatement to say Buunni Coffee had a sizable impact on the neighborhood before shuttering last January. Many saw it as a community hub where they could not only get a cup of joe, but also spend hours connecting with neighbors. more
She was a Manhattan health care worker who recently returned from Iran. He was a New Rochelle lawyer who worked in Manhattan. Everyday people leading everyday lives. But what they carried inside them was no everyday virus. And there was just no way they could know how it would change not just their home, but the world. more
It would be a gross understatement to say this past year has been tough for small businesses.  more
Last Saturday, with every last option exhausted, Sarina Prabasi stood in front of their proud Riverdale Avenue coffee shop to share the bad news: The doors were closing for good. more
The temperature was a chilly 32 degrees outside of Buunni Coffee, but there was nowhere else Sarina Prabasi wanted to be at that moment. When the doors finally opened in 2018 at 3702 Riverdale Ave., after months of delay, this location marked the official expansion of an idea to bring hot Ethiopian coffee to the city, which Prabasi started with husband Elias Gurmu in Washington Heights. more
In a period of just over two weeks, New York City businesses have had to think fast as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio moved to enforce social distancing in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in the city. more
David Lindsay was concerned as he sat down at an empty table to take a breather Saturday, but he wasn’t panicking just yet. His Kingsbridge Social Club restaurant on Kingsbridge Avenue was busy. Yet, every other table was empty. Not because customers weren’t hungry for crispy Brussels sprouts or one of its wood-fired pizzas, but because all restaurants like the one Lindsay co-owns were ordered to fill only at half-capacity. more
In 1974, with no end in sight to the Cold War, the Soviet government erected a 19-story structure in North Riverdale which best reflected what Americans considered to be the “backward” mentality of the Russians: They built the massive structure from the top down. A fence was built. Cameras were installed. more
The café is an important fixture in the urban culture. It’s a place where the monstrous echoes of elevated trains and the bustle of frustrated commuters fade away in favor of conversation, contemplation, and a certain sense of calm. more
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