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Anglophiles, Ex-Pats in NYC Abuzz About Royal Birth

Monday, July 22, 2013

It's a boy!

As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome a new baby boy into their family, some British-themed businesses here in New York City are experiencing a baby boom of their own.

At Tea & Sympathy in the West Village, customers are chowing down on bangers and mash while staffers decorate the restaurant with union jack bunting. Waitress Hayley Simmonds says the restaurant is expecting an influx of customers and will be doling out English treats all day.

"You know, we're going to celebrate afternoon tea. Everyone can have cupcakes and cake and finger sandwiches," she said.

Meanwhile, at the nearby British grocery store Myers of Keswick, customer Meredith Massey said the royal birth gives her an excuse to eat some of her favourite foods. That's favourite, with a ‘u.’

"There's all sorts of interesting things in this shop, so there's Lyle's Golden Syrup cakes, and I even like the mac and cheese in a can. Don't ask me why," she said.

The store has been preparing for the big day for weeks now, asking customers to guess the baby's sex and weight. Winners will receive a gift certificate, tea or pork pie.

(Photo: British grocery store Myers of Keswick will reward customers who guessed the baby's sex and weight correctly. Jessica Gould for WNYC)

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Comments [5]

Steve NYC from New York

I think people should lighten up. Folks have interests, hobbies and things they like! I know folks who think the Yankees are a religion, which does nothing for me, but they could have worse vices. I love history and to me this is a form of living history. If you don't want to listen to it, turn the radio or tv to a different channel, it's simple.

Jul. 23 2013 04:36 PM
HappyCamper

Hey, this is much better than listening to any of the Martin/Zimmerman garbage. I'll listen to this joy anytime over that craziness.

WELCOME!!! new baby boy. I look forward to seeing your little bitty face.

Jul. 22 2013 08:14 PM
Andre

I have nothing personal against the royal family... but the media coverage is ridiculous. The monarchy holds no power - it's a figurehead... I guess ppl just love fantasy. Even worse is the frenzy in the U.S. who fought two wars to gain full independence from the British monarchy - yet they follow their every move like a daytime soap opera.

Jul. 22 2013 05:41 PM
James from London

I will be supremely happy when the we put this farcical anachronism out of its misery.

Jul. 22 2013 04:55 PM
Commonwealth from NYC

Expats, Anglophiles and people of the commonwealth!

Jul. 22 2013 12:48 PM

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