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Good hangouts while waiting for film to develop in Photography District?

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Ellen Jul 13, 2000 07:29 AM

I have a three hour wait on 17th St. between Fifth and Sixth in the middle of the day. Any suggestions of pleasant, relatively quiet places to read and drink a cup of coffee? I tried both Barnes & Nobles around there and Union Square Park and found them all too crowded and noisy. Thanks!

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    Lisa Z Jul 13, 2000 11:07 AM

    The little Belgian place La Petite Abeille (The Little Bee) is at 107 W. 18th, just west of 6th.

    Maybe not great for reading, but a seat in the window on a sunny day with a cup of coffee and a scone makes for very pleasant lingering!

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      ruthk Jul 13, 2000 08:39 AM

      Eureka Joe, 168 Fifth Ave. (between 21st-22nd streets). Great place to hang out!

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        Ellen Jul 13, 2000 10:44 AM

        Thanks! I'll head over there this afternoon.

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          Jessica Shatan Jul 18, 2000 01:40 PM

          There is also a little cafe on the east side of Bway betw. 17th and 18th (or 18th and 19th), with decent (not super-great) coffee, cookies, etc. It's got a couch in the window and is bigger than you think because it goes back into a very relaxing skylit area. Slow, empty, pleasant music.

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            Caitlin Jul 18, 2000 02:58 PM

            I think the place Jessica's referring to is called Java and Jazz, or something similar. It's between 17th and 18th, a couple of doors up from Ranch 1.

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              Jessica Shatan Jul 19, 2000 09:11 AM

              Yeah--Java & Jazz, that's it. Nothing really special, just a good hang if you're in the nabe, and not crowded. Thanks.

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          sumi Jul 13, 2000 01:23 PM

          I agree, when I first moved to New York, I wiled away many many hours there. I always found the crowd to be really relaxed and inviting. Plus, they have great carmel macchiatos.

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