Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and
drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head
1 Samuel 17:51, KJV
Up here on the northern boundary of the Upper West Side at Broadway and
93rd, there used to be a Starbucks around the corner from Byron’s
day care. I’d only rarely go there, preferring the small kiosk coffee at The
Coffee Place out front. The owner was always friendly, liberal in his sugar
pours, and always greeted Byron while we waited. The lines at the Starbucks
(across from a Soulcycle and an Equinox gym) were often pretty long with the
Lululemon clad patrons of the fitness enterprises.
But Covid-19 came, and, some months ago, the Starbucks closed. With the
Lululemon-clad retail market vanished and only the essential work of
construction continued, this kiosk with its low (literally) overhead survived.
Survive, adapt, outrun, outlast.