Capezio, a store that sells dance apparel and accessories, closed its location at 201 Amsterdam Avenue between 69th and 70th Streets. “It was a wonderful place with great staff,” a frequent customer named Jessica wrote to us. “My relationship started with dance shoes for myself for my wedding dance in 2012 and I was so excited to bring my daughter back for her ballet class needs. We visited on numerous occasions. They were always patient and knowledgeable. With Lincoln Center nearby and numerous ballet schools in the area….this is a great loss!!! Thanks to Gretchen and Jessica for the tips.
Latin restaurant Calle Ocho will be opening its new location at 2756 Broadway at 106th Street for dinner on January 3, and will start serving brunch on January 18. Calle Ocho moved from 81st. “This time, it will have garden seating, but the menu, which sprawls from Mexico (guacamole) to Cuba (ropa vieja) and beyond, with stops in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and even Spain (seafood paella), remains pretty much the same in the hands of the executive chef, Giovanni Ventura,” the Times writes. Thanks to Howard for the tip.
There’s a new tenant in the building on Broadway and 61st Street that will house Target, but it’s not quite as exciting as the big box retailer. Spectrum will be opening a new office where people can pick up and drop off cable equipment in the building. Thanks to “Upper West Sider” for tipping us off to the permits.
As we previously reported, Tiki Chick opens tonight (Dec. 31), and Eater got a sneak peek. “The drinks here are a mix of traditional tiki bar creations like the mai tai and the Singapore sling. They’re served alongside original creations like the fish face, a drink made with cachaça (a spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice), guava juice, coffee, lemon, and absinthe; and the rum and cola’d fashioned, a drink made with two kinds of rum, homemade cola syrup, and bitters…The food menu is small but features Jacob’s Pickles favorites like the fried chicken sandwich, albeit with a few twists like the addition of burnt sugar and honey. Another fried chicken sandwich comes with spam and pineapple, and there’s also a breakfast sandwich with spam, pineapple, egg, and cheese.”
A mobile barbershop called New York Barber has been traveling around the neighborhood giving cuts. Barber John Rivera likes to park in the neighborhood, often around 79th Street. He told ABC News that it was too expensive to rent a barbershop in the area, so he decided to become a barber on wheels. His website has GPS info on his current location. Thanks to Zena for the tip.