April 18, 2010

Vox Pop Cafe in Ditmas Park

If you love coffee shops then jump on the Q Train to Cortelyou and head to Ditmas Park now.  Ditmas Park is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the United States with the coffee shop of coffee shops.  Serving Caribbean East Flatbush, Jewish Midwood, and Borough Park, Chinese and Mexican Sunset Park, the South Asian pockets along Coney Island Avenue and Victorian Flatbush residents, Vox Pop is a marvelous place that you want to visit simply because it has electrifying energy and people.  
In December of 2009, the business was shut down by the New York State Department of Taxation for unpaid bills and on New Year’s Eve of 2010, the people in the surrounding neighborhood united to save it by purchasing memberships and shares (the coffee shop has over 190 shareholders).   Manager Debi Ryan was one of the many that helped organize the save.    
Now everything artsy happens in this community-owned café.  Any given day can include film screenings and movie nights, jazz and blues concerts, open mic sessions, art exhibits, performances, poetry readings, classes like Rolie Polie Guacamole for little ones, Stitch & Bitch sessions for knitters, and the list goes on.  A café, gallery, music venue, screening house, independent bookstore and printing house, this kid-friendly space is the place where one could say that no republican belongs.  It is the place of “yes”.
Vox Pop serves Equal Exchange fair trade organic coffee and food from all local vendors.  The brownies are great (they went thru fifteen different ones before they found the “perfect” one).  They are open late and in the summer the place does not close at all. 

One can arrive by taking the Q Train to Cortelyou or the F Train to Ditmas (at MacDonald Avenue.  Vox Pop is located at 1022 Cortelyou Road (corner of Stratford & Cortelyou).  For more info please check out: www.voxpopcafe.com
Atmosphere-5 Stars 
Pastries-4 Stars
Coffee-4 Stars 

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