For CAS freshman Brynn Sherman and LSP freshman Cassie Wuest, no distance is too far for a caffeine fix.
In September 2012, after a class trip to the Brooklyn Museum turned into a desperate search for an afternoon Starbucks pick-me-up, Sherman and Wuest decided to launch “185 in 1460,” a blog that allows them to explore their new home in New York City while sipping their favorite drinks. The blog’s name reflects their goal: visit all 185 Starbucks locations on the island of Manhattan in 1,460 days, which is the approximate number of days they have left at NYU.
“I think the idea may have started as a joke, but then we realized that it was logical to combine our
passion for coffee with our desire to see more of the city,” Sherman said. “We went home and started our blog that very night.”
Sherman and Wuest realized that if they ordered coffee at Starbucks locations beyond the NYU campus, they would be able to travel to parts of the city they might not have visited otherwise. Even during the blackout in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the two freshmen trekked from their dorms in Greenwich Village to a Starbucks in Midtown.
“It’s funny that we’re focusing on Manhattan [because] we came up with the idea for our blog in Brooklyn, but I think that it’s the best place to start,” Wuest said. “We can branch out into Brooklyn if we’ve visited all 185 locations before our 1,460 days are up.”
Currently, Sherman and Wuest have visited 27 Starbucks locations in the city and have enjoyed the accompanying sights. After visiting the Starbucks at 86th Street and Lexington Avenue, they spent the morning at the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art. A trip to the 57th Street and Fifth Avenue location for coffee and scones led to breakfast outside the nearby Tiffany and Co., a tribute to one of Sherman’s favorite movies, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
For Wuest, the most exciting moment was checking the Times Square Starbucks location off their list on election night last November.
“I wasn’t looking forward to going to the Times Square location because it is always so crowded,” Wuest said. “The excitement in the air that night made it worth it. It was a once in a lifetime experience.”
In one of the most heavily covered cities in the blogosphere, it’s hard to carve a niche. But the blog’s individuality can immediately be seen.
“What I find so unique about this one is that it follows two girls who are just as new to the city as I am as they find their place here,” said Joy Madubuonwu, a freshman in CAS. “It’s about exploring the city and discovering it, not just visiting landmarks.”
With iced caramel macchiatos in hand, Sherman and Wuest are looking forward to continuing their adventures together this spring and visiting every Starbucks location on their map, one by one.
“I think the best part is that it hasn’t just helped us get to know the city, but also each other,” Sherman said.
To follow their coffee-fueled adventures, visit 185in1460.blogspot.com.
A version of this article appeared in the Jan. 30 print edition. Bryna Shuman is a staff writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.