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Communitea, long-time Vernon Blvd coffee shop, is closing

Communitea_BldgOct. 22, 2014 By Christian Murray

Communitea, the long-time coffee shop located at 47-02 Vernon Blvd, announced on Facebook Monday that it is closing.

The owners said that the coffee shop will be closing this Sunday since they had difficultly negotiating a new lease.

“We thank you for a wonderful decade of support and friendship. It has been our pleasure to be a part of this community and we are grateful for the opportunity to make so many amazing friends,” the owners wrote.

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This is great news! Now we can get a Starbucks or a McDonalds, or, with a little luck, a Taco Bell or KFC/Pizza Hut combo. Then, finally, LIC can become a real neighborhood with all the vital amenities that every neighborhood needs!

David K

So, the landlord thought the best use of their space was…to drive out a long time tenant whose business was stable, successful and a true landmark in the community? GREED KILLS.

I wish the best to the owner and staff of Communitea. I hope that the cafe finds a new and successful location sooner than later.

Anaïs Laurent

Communitea will be missed by those who come into the Hood from outside, like me. I come back to the States once a year and go there first, for food, for beverages and for great atmosphere… so sorry to see you go.

Lic fan

This is really a shame; businesses like Communitea are so reflective of the character of our neighborhood. I think they are so established that they could have rented another less expensive space (Jackson? 21 street?) I certainly would walk a few blocks to go there.


Who in LIC is asking for a chain? That might be what the landlord of that building wants but not the neighbors.


Come on now, it won’t be a starbucks, it will be another real estate office, or nail salon. We obviously need more of both of these given the limited options on Vernon alone!


This was a great little coffee house…it brought character to the neighborhood. Sad to see it go.
I hope Starbucks is not going in there.


This really sucks! Communitea is a great establishment in our neighborhood. It is very sad to see them go. I wonder if Rockrose has a space in Court Square for them. Rockrose is looking to build a neighborhood in that area so right now they are not focused on getting the highest rent but more on getting interesting retailers like Communitea. However, Communitea should make sure they get a long term lease because once the neighborhood takes off rents will go up.


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