One-Cent Coffee Stand

History

St. Andrews One Cent Coffee Stand, Clementine Lamadrid, Frank Leslie's Sunday Magazine

The corner coffee cart is a well-known part of New York City’s landscape, but it may have been first actualized as a much more charitable endeavor. Back in 1887, the first one-cent coffee stand for poor New Yorkers opened on Ann Street off Broadway. Standing in front of City Hall’s high-octane newspaper offices of Park Row, St. Andrews One Cent Coffee Stand served a half-pint of coffee with milk sugar and a slice of bread for just a penny.

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