"I love coffee, I love tea
I love the java jive and it loves me
Coffee and tea and the java and me
a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, boy."
—the first stanza of the song Java Jive (Milton Drake and Ben Oakland, 1940)
as performed by the Ink Spots.
|Java N Jazz, Union Sq.|
|Open 24 Hours, Neon sign, 42nd Street.|
|Ferrara's, Café, Neon sign, Times Sq.|
Ferrara's Bakery and Cafe opened in 1892 on Grand St. off Mott, in Little Italy.
It's still there, and a popular tourist attraction—this branch was, briefly, on Times Sq.
|Eight O'Clock Coffee sign, Times Sq., 1993-4?|
This original Eight O'Clock sign debuted on Times Sq. in 1933. It was a 25ft tall cup that
gave off real steam, and one of the first, 'spectacular' billboards to light up Broadway.
|Cracked White Cup, East 20s, NYC.|
This shabby old cup hung outside an equally odd but charming little café that I wandered into one day—it was filled with
young Japanese students—it disappeared as quickly as it appeared.
SAN FRANCISCO/North Beach (North Beach is San Francisco's equivalent of New York's Little Italy.)
|Bohemian Cigar Store, awning, North Beach, San Francisco.|
No coffee? No wine?
Nothing! Oh, what it is to be poor!
—From the Opera ‘La Bohème’ (1896), Giacomo Puccini.
|Caffé Puccini, street placard, North Beach, San Francisco.|