August 28, 2005

Sign of the Times

Never had coffee at the Big Cup, but I first met a long-lost friend (where are you P*ng?!) there before hanging out to discuss his first film and life in general.

Savoring a Last Cup at a Place All Their Own

...[T]he coffeehouse, which employees nicknamed Gay Grand Central, a place where many men found a welcome introduction to gay life, was closing, the victim of rising rents. Modeled after the coffee shops of the West Coast, the shop, on Eighth Avenue just south of 22nd Street, offered a casual place for gay men to socialize. Women and straight men were welcome too, but as a review once put it, "They just seem sort of irrelevant." Employees seemed to be half barista, half party host.

On weeknights, music and crowds would fill the airy room and spill onto the sidewalk. Teenagers too young for the bars could find kindred spirits, and Big Cup gained a reputation as a place to cruise gay men. After it was featured in guidebooks, tourists and new arrivals to the city went there in search of Chelsea's lively gay scene.

This week, the chalkboard sign out front that usually advertises cappuccinos and iced mochas had a different announcement. "Attention," it read, "Big Cup is closing." Sunday will be the last day of business.

Posted by ronn at August 28, 2005 10:02 AM

Good. Riddance! Now if only there could be a black hole left in its place that would then suck up the rest of Chelsea and its residents - and its tourists! I think I read some "Everyone was welcome there." drivel in the New York Blade - what bullshit. Posted by: Donald [TypeKey Profile Page] on August 28, 2005 04:49 PM
Donald, please don't hold back! LOL I know exactly what you mean. I walked past the place and didn't feel welcomed. Shit, I had to hold my nose. Clones give off a nasty smell. Posted by: ronn [TypeKey Profile Page] on August 29, 2005 11:07 AM
Ah the Big "Rude" Cup ... one of the few things in Chelsea I so.don't.miss. The patrons (or clones, if you must) I didn't mind. But the staff ... ugh. Posted by: bob [TypeKey Profile Page] on September 2, 2005 07:15 PM
Well the one time I was actually inside (checking to see if my friend went inside) the staff members were cordial. OK. There was this one cute guy... I'm sure there will be a replacement nearby some time soon. Posted by: ronn [TypeKey Profile Page] on September 4, 2005 02:24 AM