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As Others See Us: Starbucks, A Chair and an AP Story

Update: The NYT’s chimes in today with an article from their Our Towns column about the Nyack Starbucks and Fleming Taylor.

Nyack’s Starbuck’s is in the national news because of a chair — and a homeless man who passed away last week.

A story about the untimely death of Fleming Taylor, who visited Nyack’s Starbucks every day, has struck a chord with the news media. The StarbucksGossip blog offers this concise summary:

The chair at the Nyack, NY Starbucks where Fleming Taylor sat is cordoned off with black ribbon and filled with bouquets and notes announcing his death. Every day, the 62-year-old Taylor would walk into the Starbucks as the doors opened, sit in the same purple velvet chair, read and discuss what was in The Wall Street Journal with other regulars, and would leave only when the store closed in the evening.

The story was picked up by the AP and has appeared in newspapers and Web sites across the country. An article written by the Journal News’ Randi Weiner has also been published in USA Today.

There’s a followup with more background on Fleming Taylor in the 12/2  Journal News.

See also:, AZ Central, WSBT South Bend, WTVG Toledo, WPVI Philly

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