Washington Heights is 'lovin' it': McDonald's wins over upper Manhattan neighborhood with new decor | NY Daily News

BY Michael J. Feeney

Mariela Lombard | NY Daily News

Sleek modern furniture and light fixtures. Free Wi-Fi. Comfy colorful, upholstered chairs. Upbeat music in the background.

You call this a McDonald’s?

Washington Heights has become the city’s second neighborhood to get a new look, European-style McDonald’s and residents are thrilled.

“It’s comfortable. It feels like home. You feel good. You feel like a family here,” said Frank Reynoso, 70, while enjoying his morning coffee and reading the Daily News at the new W. 159th St. and Broadway location, which opened last week and had an official ribbon-cutting yesterday.

“It’s something new in town. The ambience is different – very modern; the decor is very nice. This is more up-to-date,” said Reynoso, recalling wobbly and noisy metal chairs from the McDonald’s that used to be across the street.

“I think the people are going to love it. The feeling is different, even the music,” he said, sitting under a modern light fixture in a comfy upholstered chair while LMFAO’s upbeat song “Party Rock Anthem” played.

The popular fast food chain opened a similar McDonald’s in Chelsea nearly two years ago, and decided to bring the new look to upper Manhattan.

via Washington Heights is ‘lovin’ it’: McDonald’s wins over upper Manhatta neighborhood with new decor.

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  • Jenna Cardinale
    September 22, 2011 at 10:42 am

    McDonald’s seems like the antithesis of the ‘uptown renaissance.’

  • UA
    September 22, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Let’s see how long it takes before it becomes trashed with stained seats, broken outlets, dirty tables and overflowing trash bins.

    If it can happen to S-Bux on 29th & Park Ave. So., it can happen a Euro style Mickey D’s 159th & B’way.

    It’s not just about introducing it, that’s the easy part, it’s about the neighborhood caring and the Clown maintaining it.

    I’m just sayin’.

  • Gwen Davis
    September 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Lovin It?…… So Am I!