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Starbucks Center of Garvity


Spurred on by a discussion on Kottke.org, I decided it would be interesting to find out what the Starbucks Center of Gravity in Manhattan is (note: On kottke they are looking for density, not center of gravity which I thought was more fun...). What does "center of gravity" mean? Well, it means the exact place you can stand in Manhattan and be closest to ALL Starbucks. As if every single Starbucks was pulling you equally in its direction, this is the place where u could stand to feel the most Starbucks power...and not just within a few blocks radius, but for the whole Island! Think of it like being at the North Pole for overpriced coffee...The power center / death star if you will allow me to go that far....

So let me explain how this was calculated and also I am going to give shout outs to the many people who helped me on this. First, Starbucks locations were data mined off of their website, and an excel spreadsheet of these addressees was constructed (note this was done this summer so there are prolly a few more now...sorry...). You can download that here (thx for my sister Jamie and Charles Harlan for help with this). Then these (thx to Jon Levy for this) were fed into fancy mapping software and Lat and Lon points were calculated . If you are a nerd and are really wondering that the Latitude and Longitude points for the Starbucks in Manhattan is, here are those!!!:

-74.01317, 40.70456
-74.01138, 40.70782
-74.00713, 40.70541
-74.01161, 40.70894
-73.9987, 40.69628
-74.00848, 40.70906
-74.00739, 40.7089
-74.00928, 40.71102
-74.01043, 40.71007
-74.01197, 40.7108
-74.01346, 40.7152
-74.00708, 40.7158
-74.01084, 40.71
-74.00515, 40.71713
-73.99995, 40.71858
-74.0037, 40.7182
-73.99749, 40.72299
-74.00557, 40.72409
-73.99511, 40.72778
-74.00662, 40.7338
-74.00256, 40.73089
-73.9971, 40.73235
-73.99888, 40.73422
-73.99727, 40.73728
-73.9894, 40.72945
-74.00193, 40.73876
-74.00297, 40.74046
-73.98534, 40.73715
-73.99372, 40.74215
-73.98857, 40.73842
-73.9994, 40.74404
-73.99156, 40.74511
-73.98107, 40.73976
-73.98711, 40.74537
-73.98386, 40.74423
-73.97949, 40.74123
-73.99494, 40.74529
-73.99681, 40.75047
-73.98786, 40.74344
-73.98942, 40.75062
-73.98522, 40.74355
-73.99029, 40.75179
-73.99641, 40.75361
-73.99321, 40.75284
-73.98159, 40.74813
-74.0036, 40.75653
-73.97701, 40.75064
-73.97512, 40.75039
-73.98009, 40.75224
-73.99385, 40.75285
-73.97942, 40.75333
-73.98128, 40.75134
-73.97658, 40.74926
-73.98143, 40.75125
-73.98847, 40.75674
-73.97758, 40.75071
-73.99253, 40.75876
-73.98989, 40.75554
-73.99689, 40.7602
-73.9859, 40.75555
-73.9859, 40.75555
-73.97489, 40.74905
-73.97616, 40.75009
-73.97761, 40.7536
-73.98756, 40.75484
-73.99294, 40.75889
-73.96868, 40.75511
-73.97251, 40.75675
-73.97069, 40.75644
-73.98365, 40.76079
-73.98734, 40.76201
-73.97757, 40.75905
-73.98641, 40.76054
-73.98418, 40.75966
-73.98124, 40.7619
-73.97646, 40.7605
-73.9879, 40.76102
-73.96964, 40.75918
-73.97608, 40.75858
-73.98508, 40.75904
-73.97709, 40.76014
-73.97838, 40.76398
-73.97433, 40.76374
-73.97391, 40.76402
-73.97898, 40.76509
-73.98368, 40.76698
-73.96162, 40.76058
-73.98494, 40.76915
-73.98232, 40.76913
-73.96623, 40.76343
-73.98213, 40.77357
-73.96245, 40.76857
-73.9573, 40.7673
-73.95956, 40.76754
-73.9813, 40.77502
-73.98399, 40.76888
-73.9623, 40.7716
-73.977, 40.77999
-73.98133, 40.77852
-73.95437, 40.77418
-73.95438, 40.77474
-73.97692, 40.77994
-73.98194, 40.78242
-73.95762, 40.77496
-73.95263, 40.77353
-73.95978, 40.78314
-73.97228, 40.78391
-73.95266, 40.78205
-73.95385, 40.78006
-73.95421, 40.78723
-73.97367, 40.7923
-73.96921, 40.79669
-73.96634, 40.80477
-73.96426, 40.80803
-73.94473, 40.80748
-73.9356, 40.85106
-73.98534, 40.73715
-74.00041, 40.74302
-73.97692, 40.77747
-73.98003, 40.75469

Then, these were averaged (thx for Michael Frumin and Jonathan Levy again! for help on this), and THUS WE HAVE THE CENTER OF GRAVITY which turns out to be here:



somewhere between 5th and 6th, in between 39th and 40th which looks like this ------>



So that's that. Just one more piece of information to clog up the internet 4 ya...

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Simon and Garfunkel "Live @ Central Park" DVD timecode for all the places where a liberal reading could indicate tension between Simon and Garfunkel




00:01:36
Simon forces a smile for the audience after shaking Garfunkel's hand.

00:14:12
00:14:35
Garfunkel sings while Simon's back is turned to him, a gesture which can be seen as oddly aggressive.

00:14:50
Garfunkel points somewhere offstage, and Simon gives him that "what the f#ck r u doing" look.

00:26:06
Garfunkel spaces out on the side of the stage with nothing to do while Simon sings his solo material.

00:27:14
Garfunkel pretends he knows the words to Paul's solo material.

00:37:08
Simon and Garfunkel bicker.

00:38:21
The bickering continues, Garfunkel tries to get in the last word, Simon laughingly sneers off Garfunkel's request (whatever it was)...

01:00:40
Garfunkel attempts interest in Simon's solo material, but can't even seem to raise enough enthusiasm to clap on time to the beat....

01:02:03
Garfunkel spaces out on the side of the stage...again....

01:02:53
Garfunkel puttering about on stage with nothing to do during Simon's solo material....again....

01:04:27
Garfunkel messes up on the first verse of "The Boxer", Simon with a quick double take and roll of his eyes lets him know he f$%ked up.

01:10:36
Simon and Garfunkel, a cold embrace with no eye contact. Possible interpretation: "Lets just get through this".

01:20:11
For the curtain call, Simon motions to hug Garfunkel, Garfunkel resists, replies with "pat on back".

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