Private Lobby Cafe
many people in NYC live in large buildings: apartments, condos, co-ops with hundreds of people
there are often not enough Third Place-s available, esp where you don't have to buy something to "pay" for your seat
many people of all ages would like more opportunities for semi-random-social-encounters
elderly people in particular get lonely, and are less mobile, and are thus more likely to spend hours in their apartment building lobby
if only elderly people congregate in the lobby (Get There First), then others feel less able/willing to use the space, and also feel like the building seems more "full of old people". (Sad but true.)
buildings often spend lots of money keeping their lobby looking modern, yet lobbies get little use
Design residential building lobbies to look more like a cafe.
Lots of movable chairs (wood, not stackable).
Include tables? Or does this create maintenance hassle as people make a mess and don't clean up?
Use a more casual atmosphere? (Art posters on walls.)
Music? (yikes, who controls?)
- heh, shared server with WiFi hub, any can load/add/rate, then control via their own laptop
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