5 November, 2008. New York, NY. Customers have tea and relax at the Podunk, a self-styled "American tearoom" in the East Village. The owner, Elspeth Treadwell (background), prepares a robust tea. She left a career in publishing to open Podunk six years ago, in 2002.
©2008 Gianni Cipriano for The New York Times
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