Openings & Closings: Izzy’s Smokehouse BBQ, New York Sports Club, Paige, Therabody, J. Crew

Oh mommy, that’s some nice pastrami.

Izzy’s BBQ Smokehouse, a Kosher spot that’s got a popular Crown Heights restaurant, is opening at 660 Amsterdam near 92nd Street, according to Yeah That’s Kosher. “The UWS location will be offering some of their own unique items, including a deli focus. Sruli Edelman, the owner of Izzy’s Smokehouse, is excited to pursue deli, a craft he believes has been largely abandoned in the city,” the site reported. It shoudl open in the next month or two. Thanks to David Brotsky for the tip.

The New York Sports Club at 62nd and Broadway is closing for good, according to a notice sent to customers. “As a New York Sports Clubs member, we previously communicated with you on 3/16/20 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic that we temporarily closed our 62nd & Broadway location. While at the time we did not anticipate this close to be permanent, unfortunately it will be,” the club said. NYSC is being sued by the New York Attorney General over dues issues, and a judge issued an order stopping the business from charging people who attempted to cancel their memberships after March 16.

Paige, which sold jeans and other clothes at 245 Columbus Avenue between 71st and 72nd for about a decade, has closed. Thanks to Bobby Panza for the tip.

Manhattan Express Shipping has opened at 459 Columbus Avenue (82nd Street), replacing another pack-and-ship business at that location. “The previous owner closed its doors about 3 months ago, but with much negotiations and coordination, it opened its doors on November 16 under new ownership & renovations (Ellen Russell, with real estate experience, and Tommy Pando who does high-end construction in the city), with state of the art computers, copy/print/scan/fax service, mailbox rental, messenger, virtual assistant, shipping & drop-off service, and much more,” operations head Johnny Kang tells us.

And there are some new stores at The Shops at Columbus Circle, the mall at 59th Street, according to tipster Upper West Sider.

Therabody has opened a stand (where Sugarfina was) that sells their therapy devices.

J Crew has opened its new (smaller) location in the former C Wonder. Looks like a slimmed-down version of their old location (which is currently empty). The store does not look like it is connected to the older men’s store next door- which is surprising in a way.

Rebag has opened a small kiosk near the H&M. Apparently it’s a platform for buying/selling bags.

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    1. Asher says:

      WOW, Izzy’s on the UWS! Very cool news for the jews. Not good for our cholesterol… Looking forward.

      • David says:

        …and Gentiles. Asher, Bubbe, this is NYC. This 60 year old Irish Catholic has been eating Pastrami, Brisket, Gefilte, and kasha varniskes since i was in diapers.

        • Iris says:

          To David

          Sweet reply and love that neighborliness

        • UWS_lifer says:

          You are my kind of guy, David. I’d buy you a pint any day.:)

          By the way, just a friendly correction on the Yiddish. “Bubbe” is a term of endearment commonly used to refer to a Grandmother or other older woman.

          A better term here would have been “tatala” which is something that my Bubbe used to call me, God rest her soul.

          • PastramiBliss says:

            Ellis in Die Hard would disagree with you “Hans….Bubbe!”

            • UWS_lifer says:

              Yes, I love that movie but that is also an incorrect use.

              I think the term he was looking for there (and here above) was “bubala”. It’s similar and an easy mistake to make.

              Fun fact: Cowboys didn’t say “yippie kay yay” either.:)

          • nemo paradise says:

            I’m pretty sure the word he was looking for was “bubbelah,” a common Yiddish term of affection, close to “darling” or “sweetheart.”

    2. JRo says:

      M Nail Salon on bway btw 85/86 closed its doors today too. They hung on as long as they could, and will be missed. The women who worked there are wonderful.

    3. Mark Moore says:

      J Crew is still around?

    4. Watch what you eat says:

      No no no that pastrami sandwich will do you in…..

    5. Liz says:

      A shoutout to Maureen, the fantastically nice and competent woman working for the former Mailrooms that is now Manhattan Express Shipping on Columbus and 82nd. The owners made a wise decision in keeping her on, because she’s a major draw.

    6. Mark Moore says:

      $44 (!) for a pound of brisket at Izzy’s in Brooklyn. No sides included.

    7. LL says:

      What is Izzy’s BBQ replacing? What was there before? Anyway. It looks delicious

      I am sad now that I never shopped at Sugarfina

    8. J. L. Rivers says:

      That NYSC location was hit pretty hard before the pandemic by a water main break in January that inundated the entire place, forcing them to close. It was my favorite location for almost ten years.

    9. Otis says:

      I’ll miss that NYSC 😢.

      Back in the day when I was single and had no obligations I was there several times a week. It was my home away from home.

      I’m curious how the fitness industry will recover once the pandemic ends. So many gyms, yoga studios, etc have closed.

      • Colleen says:

        Although NYSC overall is very shady, that was
        Definitely a good location that was also
        Completely remodeled not that long ago.

    10. Issues with fitness centers says:

      Anyone else having issues with getting refunds for unused personal training sessions. Crunch on 83rd refuses to refund $4000 in sessions I cannot use. I was recently diagnosed with an illness that prevents me from going to the gym. I submitted 3 doctors’ letters. There is no way I will be able to go until the end of 2021. They refuse to refund. It’s been a terrible experience to deal with on top of being sick.

      • PastramiBliss says:

        You have a better chance getting a refund from a used car dealership than a fitness center / gym. For now, take the loss and focus on your illness. When you’re better go to small claims court. Do not stress out over 4k from Crunch, it will affect you health.

        • Boris says:

          Bad advice. Dispute the charges with your credit card company if you paid that way AND file a Small Claims Court complaint. It takes practically no time to file a complaint and the longer you wait, the less chance you have of recovering those fees. And contact the NYS Attorney General’s office.

      • Debby says:

        Try contacting one of the local tv news programs. If they report it, you can bet you’ll get a refund STAT!

      • No gym 4 me says:

        Go up the chain. I had a similar situation and got a regional manager to refund roughly $3k in personal training. Credit card company couldn’t help because the charge was a year old.

    11. Kath says:

      I hope it’s not a sign of the future that all new retail openings are NOT bookstores. One yearns, too, for a true Viennese or Hungarian bakery like the ones that used to be on 86th Street. Will landlords offer reasonable rents so retailers can charge reasonable prices? It’s time that REBNY stepped down from its place as Leader of NYC.

    12. Sharon Katz says:

      We really need a BBQ joint near Lincoln Center. A few decades ago we had a small place on 9th Avenue in the 50s, and it was great. It’s long gone. We need a replacement!

    13. Ian Alterman says:

      I just LOOK at that photo and I can hear my arteries hardening…Yikes!