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The Café Grand Opening Draws a Crowd

New York Medical College’s coffee and tea enthusiasts converged on the newly renovated Café, in the Basic Sciences Building, to celebrate the long-awaited gathering place.

June 03, 2019
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The Café Grand Opening Draws a Crowd

Vilma Bordonaro, M.B.A., chief of staff, kicked off the event by thanking the Lessing’s staff and everyone who helped to launch the highly-anticipated Café before presenting a brief history of coffee and our nation’s coffee-house culture. “Let us all make history and great things happen here every day…with every sip we take,” she said before inviting to the podium Rabbi Moshe D. Krupka, M.S., executive vice president of the Touro College and University System.

“The purpose of this coffee house is to give you, our community of students and faculty and staff, a place to feel at home when you are on campus; someplace where you can enjoy coffee and camaraderie—a place where you may thrive and succeed and grow,” said Rabbi Krupka. “In the future when we reflect on the history of New York Medical College and specifically the great many initiatives accomplished over the past nine years—creating New York’s first new dental school in over 50 years, launching the Hudson Valley’s only biotechnology incubator, establishing the Center for Disaster Medicine and expanding the College’s research and scholarship—along with all of these great things, we will talk about when Dr. Halperin brought the first Kosher Starbucks to campus.”

The Café is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for July and August, and 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., from September through June. The Café will close at 2:00 p.m. on Fridays, from October through April, and there will be extended hours for students during exam periods.

The Cafe Grand Opening