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"At the site of the former Sweet Pea children’s store, on Third Avenue between 84th and 85th streets, a new Starbucks is almost ready to open in time for the holiday season. It will be the third Starbucks on Third Avenue. And more are due in Bay Ridge...Manhattan already knows very well that practically wherever one looks, there seems to be a Starbucks in sight. Now it appears that Starbucks has set its sites on Brooklyn for the same effect. Will what once was called 'the borough of churches' become 'the borough of Starbucks'?" [Brooklyn Eagle]