I Want Wifi
Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Where is my Wifi?

Where is the nice Wifi cafe I so desperately want near the Lorimer L stop?

Williamsburger HQ is near the Lorimer L, so it’d be ideal to spend time writing at a cafe rather than the not so inspirational home office. Sadly, there doesn’t appear to be a good option without hiking back towards the Bedford stop, and that’s no fun in the winter.

I would have sworn Gimme Coffee used to have Wifi, judging by the number of Macbooks that used to be open on all their tables, but the place is tiny and crowded, so it’s understandable why they would have dropped Wifi from their plate.

L Train Cafe on Union had Wifi under the previous few managements (it used to be Crest Cafe), but the guy behind the counter says “sorry, maybe next week”.

And going a little further from the Lorimer stop, you find Oslo Coffee on Roebling. They also don’t offer Wifi.

On the moderately good side, there is one cafe with Wifi sort of close to the second L stop. Roebling Tea Room offers free Wifi during the day, although they encourage you to pack it up as the dinner crowd starts to appear around 5. Bring a fully charged battery, too, as some friendly person taped over the electric outlets.

A ray of hope lies in Second Stop Cafe (on Lorimer & Ainslie). They haven’t opened yet, and there’s no Wifi sign anywhere, but one can dream. Hopefully they’ll set it up when they open in January ’09, and become the kind of place people can spend a little bit of unhurried time.

Are there other options in the neighborhood to sit with a coffee and type away on a laptop?

5 Responses to “I Want Wifi”

  1. s Says:

    I hope Second Stop doesn’t offer wi-fi. The place is tiny, even smaller than gimme. And wireless access doesn’t need to be everywhere. A sea of laptops can really kill the life of a shop.

    But for your request, try Variety Coffee on Graham (at Conselyea). Their coffee is really good (on par with Gimme and Oslo), they have an excess of outlets, and even stay open relatively late (9pm). There’s also Phoebes Cafe (Graham at Devoe), which is under new ownership.

  2. Chris Says:

    Thanks for the advice! I’ll check out those two (although, being on Graham, they still don’t quite satisfy my lazy desire to sit somewhere closer to home).

    I know what you mean about too many laptops being a problem… it’s just that it’s so, so nice to be one of the people using them. There’s something so motivational about being surrounded by presumably like-minded people, or at least people who look like they’re doing something creative.

  3. paul Says:

    The closest place I know of is Atlas Cafe at Grand and Havemeyer. Last time I used it was June 2008, so I don’t know the current status, but it worked then. Decent amount of tables also.

  4. peter Says:

    L stop coffee shop on metro and rodney is very nice free wi-fi there coffee is good food there is good too they load up on there sandwiches

  5. Ben Says:

    Gimme on Lorimer offers Wifi again. So does the Gimme on Roebling

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