Artist opens up cash-optional coffee shop in Williamsburg
A Bronx-based artist has opened a cash-optional, pop-up coffee shop in Williamsburg as a way of sending a message against rising prices around the city.
"I'm seeing the problems that this city is having through gentrification," says artist Fran Ilich. "I wanted to offer a reply, and I think coffee should be for everyone. The $5 coffee, it's not fair."
The anti-capitalist opened the shop in the Museo de Los Sures gallery on South First Street. Patrons can use the barter system for a cup of coffee, or play a unique game of chance.
The project will be open to the public until March.