28 UPPER WEST SIDE OPENINGS & CLOSINGS TO WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND

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In the past month, we learned of the demise of Borders and some other well-loved or kinda-loved Upper West Side haunts. But tons of new stores and restaurants are coming to the neighborhood (match the numbers in the map to the numbers in the story). Read on!

1. West Side Movers moved from 97th and Amsterdam to 107th and Columbus (A smart-ass would ask “who helps a moving company move?”). Thanks to Daren for the tip.


2. Clothing store Rootchi at 2624 Broadway (99th Street) is looking for a new home, although the store is still open. The landlord is looking for a new tenant. Thanks to Daren for noticing.

3. Spices and Tease, which offers 180 varieties of teas and tons of exotic spices, is on the brink of opening its first New York location on Broadway between 97th and 98th Streets.

4. Cuban restaurant Cafe Con Leche closed a couple of weeks ago, and will be replaced by either a French take-out joint or a Kosher steak and sushi restaurant. I kid you not. Cafe Con Leche’s 80th Street location is still open to give you your Cuban fix.

5. Estelle Stanger ran Estelle’s Antiques on Broadway between 94th and 95th Streets for nearly 20 years before having to shut it down.


6. Imi Sushi opened last month in a spot at 92nd and Amsterdam where two other sushi restaurants have failed in the past two years.

7. Blockheads, the burrito restaurant and bar, will open at 175 West 90th Street this October.

8. Price Wise drug store had to close on 81st to make way for Bank of America but has reopened on 84th and Broadway.

9. An outpost of real estate brokerage City Connections Realty is opening on Amsterdam between 84th and 85th Streets.

10. Hale & Hearty, kicked out of its 81st Street location by Bank of America, set up shop at 2286 Broadway at 82nd Street.

11. A new Bank of America is opening on the corner of 81st Street and Broadway, where a Hale & Hearty and a Price Wise discounter used to be, DNAinfo reported.

12. Vegetarian restaurant Spring Street Natural, which has been in Soho for 37 years, will open a new restaurant at 474-476 Columbus Avenue at 83rd Street this fall, GrubStreet reports.

13. Nuevo Latino restaurant Calle Ocho has moved to 45 West 81st Street and has its official opening tonight.

14. A jewelry store called Blossom just opened at 2206 Broadway (78th Street), the former spot of Golden 1 Hour Photo. It could be promising: “This place had lots of unique things and good replicas of celebrity jewelry,” says the first Yelp reviewer. Thanks to @tovahgo and Gavan for the tip.


15. A new two-story EMS is going up in the Laureate on 76th Street and Broadway, and Racked likes the “gleaming cream paint job” on the building. Not really a cream guy myself. But I can get into outdoor gear.

16. The folks at Racked are also excited about The Art of Shaving, which will be going in at 2149 Broadway around 76th.

17. Simply Divine is a new Kosher dairy cafe at the JCC on Amsterdam and 75th Street.

18. Soho boutique Babette relocated to 77th Street and Columbus Avenue.

19. Pet caretakers Spot opened the largest doggie day care facility in the city at 105 West 72nd Street last week, Crain’s says.


20. Bacchus Wines on Broadway between 70th and 71st Streets shut its doors last month.

21. Greek chef Maria Loi is taking over at classic American restaurant Compass at 208 West 70th Street and turning the restaurant into a Greek eatery named Loi come September. GrubStreet says she will offer “grilled fish, tuna in vinegar and honey, meats slow-cooked for seven hours, and, she adds, ‘an egg lemon sauce like my great grandmother’s.'”

22. A jazz bar with the working name of Tallulah is planned for the old Penang space on the corner of 71st Street and Columbus that has been vacant for the past few years. The Community Board approved its liquor license.

23. Get your fancypants on, because Helmut Lang is coming to Columbus Avenue between 70th and 71st Streets. No opening date has been announced yet.


24. Clothing store Theory, which currently occupies the space where Helmut Lang is moving, will relocate to the corner of 69th Street and Columbus, where Lancome closed earlier this year.

25. Small French cafe Cafe St. Honore shut its doors on Columbus Avenue and 68th Street in late June.

26. Malaysian restaurant Fatty Crab opened a new food cart at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park.

27. The Ladles of Love gourmet food cart at Tavern on the Green closed down because the owners couldn’t make enough money there.

28. In a brave new world dominated by online retailers and e-books, Borders just couldn’t cut it. The Time Warner Center store is liquidating, along with the 399 other Borders stores nationwide. Read our piece on the demise of Upper West Side bookstores.

For previous maps and comprehensive lists of what’s opened and closed on the Upper West Side, click here and here. If you see any openings or closings, please snap a picture and let us know!

    1. Kosher Fiend says:

      726 Amsterdam Avenue is going to be BOTH a French Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, all glatt kosher

    2. We’re going to have to try out Calle Ocho’s new location on the Upper West Side. It’s sad to see some of these business close, however, we are eager for all the new businesses that are opening.