Readers React: Cooling Off with the Hot Ethan Hawke Issue

Jenny from Chico, CA spends quality morning reading time with her daughter at Starbucks, bonding over the newest installment of The New York Observer.
Darren, a native Mannhattanite, passes the time on line by convincing himself that he bears more than a striking resemblance to featured actor Ethan Hawke.
On his way to the office, Stephen picks up a copy of the Observer, and is suddenly struck by the fact that he no longer feels the stress of the morning rush.
Still disappointed over Brazil’s heartbreaking defeat in the World Cup, Marcie, a fashion designer from Rio de Janeiro, takes comfort in the pages of The New York Observer.
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Policy wonk Joe Hagelman of the Stonewall Democratic Club peruses the political commentary while cooling off with an iced-latte.
Lauren of Brooklyn is relieved when she confirms via the Observer’s style pages that she is in fact “in vogue.”
Joel Cummings, the only guy we saw with the moxie to wear a business suit on a sultry day in Times Square, thinks of a sales pitch using a title from the last issue of The New York Observer.
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Often asked if they’re models, Tanya and Loraina of Switzerland (the German part by the way), check the culture features for their pictures.
Jana, a Houston native, realizes that bigger isn’t always better when it comes to newspapers, especially when downing a habitual morning decaf anything.
Clearly a fan of Hunter S. Thompson, Ruby, a regular at his local Starbucks, is in awe of Ralph Steadman's masterful front-cover illusrtation depicting actor Ethan Hawke.
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John, a die-hard Pinstripes and black-coffee devotee, reads through the most recent edition of the Observer.
Originally from Tel Aviv, Hila is surprised at how approachable a New York paper can be.
Loren Agasparino appears so entranced in the Observer’s most recent issue that she doesn’t realize she ordered two hot chocolates on a day when the temperature was nearing the 90s.
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Mother-daughter duo, Stacey and Channel from Vancouver, bond over the newest issue.
Margaret Dawson, a native Manhattanite (and professedly the daughter of a native Manhattanite) enjoys good conversation and breakfast.
Chaveewan Panitpong, originally from Thailand, now a Manhattanite, enjoys the most recent issue along with a habitual morning iced tea at her neighborhood 'bucks.
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Bill, who splits his time between NYC and New Orleans (we think he's into jambalaya), admits he discovered the formerly salmon page weekly only recently and is completely "hooked."
Michael, on vacation from Paris, picks up a copy of the Observer on sale at a Times Square Starbucks.
Madeline Wighton and Emelia Kriketos, expatriates from Sydney, Australia gasp for air at the site of the Observer’s profile on 'Boyhood' actor Ethan Hawke.

One nice thing about old-fashioned print is that you can snoop on what people are reading. And this week, people are reading the Observer. We’ve been trying for decades to lure the great Ralph Steadman onto our cover and finally landed the British giant to illustrate our Ethan Hawke profile. Today, at five different Starbucks around Midtown, we spotted native New Yorkers and caffeine crazed interlopers alike, stirring some Observer into their espresso con panna.

Photos by Daniel Cole and Alexander Rabinowitz

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