Keepin’ Up With The Starbuckseseses

Written by Kari Milchman on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts.

Here’s something scary, depending on whether you’re a glass half empty or half full kinda reader: 125th St. in Harlem has been deemed one of America’s great streets for attracting “globalized” retailers, aka chains like Old Navy and Starbucks, without driving away local business. Quite a feat. From 70 competitors, including symbolic reigning champ Fifth Ave. (this is actually the first edition of the award), the American Planning Association chose the Apollo Theater’s home-street to bestow the honor. Clearly, all it takes for the area to get some good publicity are new developments like two soon-to-be rising luxury hotels, a 30-story office building and the renovation of the waterfront. A rezoning proposal that would strengthen the new shopping district is currently under public review. As if there weren’t enough identical places to grab a fair isle sweater and a cup of joe in this city.