Get rid of the TV!
Every time I've gone in, they've had a television tuned to CNN or MSNBC blasting away. Even if you like MSNBC or CNN, after a while it gets downright annoying, so you can imagine how good you feel if you don't. I've tried noise-cancelling headphones, and it can still be heard. If that's their way of discouraging people from sitting around, they're doing a fine job of it, but I get the sense that they want to be thought of as a "third place". The staff does a fine job of disappearing for long stretches of time as well. On the upside, the coffee's good, you can get refills on the brewed coffee, they offer free wi-fi, and apparently they have a large room upstairs. In all, kind of a mixed bag; it would be a great place if they ditched the TV and piped in music--quietly.
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