We have heard about several recent openings and closings in the neighborhood, including a well-loved toy store and a longtime preschool.
Planet Kids on 69th street and Amsterdam is closing. “We’ve become more of a showroom for our customers,” owner Ariel Tavasi told DNAinfo. “They come in to look at the merchandise and ask questions, but then they leave and try find cheaper prices online.” The store, which opened in 1999, is set to close on Feb. 28. It’s having a clearance sale until then.
The K&S Market on 92nd and Broadway got a reprieve from its landlord, so it may be open for awhile longer, Linda Rosenthal tells us. We reported in January that it was closing.
The Variazioni women’s clothing store at 101st street and Broadway is sporting a “for rent” sign. This is getting to be a trend for the chain.
A preschool that’s been around for 25 years is likely to close after the church where it is located declined to renew its lease, according to New York Press. “The West Side Preschool, at 165 West 105th Street, rents space from the West End Presbyterian Church at the same address. The school has negotiated a series of five-year leases since 1989, but was recently informed that it would only be offered a one-year lease going forward, and that the rent increase would make any deal unworkable.”
A Jewish preschool is likely to take over the space. “The letter goes on to say that the Congregation Romemu, a different tenant in the church since 2008, wished to take over the entire parish house and invest a million dollars in renovations while renting the space for the next 50 years.”
The Citi Habitats office at 72nd street near West End Avenue has closed.
Ehrlich’s Wines & Spirits on 70th and Amsterdam was set to reopen on Feb. 15 after being closed for about a month.