Classic Coffee Shop

This old school establishment has been in business for 34 years.  It’s owner, Carmine Morales, of Italian and Puerto Rican parents, started out working in the shop with his father.  When his parents passed away, he took over the business, which he now runs alone.   Family portraits hang on the shop’s walls alongside photos of famous boxers, the Beatles, and Frank Sinatra.  Mr. Morales attended school across the street and has always lived in the neighborhood.  He likes to play an eclectic mix of big band, oldies and current pop music.  56 Hester Street


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3 responses to “Classic Coffee Shop

  1. American Heavy

    great photos. i feel the emotion & story in every one.

  2. i just love dining at a coffee shop with my friends after class. i always want something like this or a diner near my school!

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