By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Ample Hills Creamery, a Brooklyn-based ice cream company, will open Thursday, July 7th at 526 Amsterdam Avenue (between 85th and 86th Streets). The new shop will celebrate opening day by giving out free scoops from 6 to 8pm. “The opening introduces their shop-specific flavor, Night at The Moo-seum, which features salty pretzel swirls, fossilized chocolate flakes from Raaka Chocolate, chocolate sandwich cookie dust and colorful chocolate geodes,” according to the press release. Ample Hills, which has been rated #1 in NYC by Zagat and named “Best Ice Cream in America” by Food Network, will offer two dozen flavors, including Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, PB Wind the Cup, and Peppermint Pattie. This will be the company’s 12th shop, which started as a pushcart in Prospect Park in 2011. The previous tenant in the space was Orange Leaf Yogurt.
Residents of Park West Village (the apartment complexes on Columbus Avenue and Central Park West between 97th and 100th Streets) have started an email campaign to save the Rite Aid at 741 Columbus on the corner of 97th Street. The store is at risk of closing due to losses from shoplifting, according to the letter, which is addressed to the President and CEO of Rite Aid, Heyward Donigan. “[The pharmacy] is frequented by many senior residents who rely on the store to fill prescriptions, who would experience severe challenges in obtaining life-saving medications,” the letter argues, as well as, “after the closure of the Rite Aid at 210 Amsterdam Avenue, NY 10023, this is the only remaining branch in our neighborhood.” (Thanks to Karen for the tip.)
The Duane Reade/Walgreens pharmacy at 1889 Broadway (between 62nd and 63rd Street), had been “temporarily closed” because of an air conditioning issue, but has now re-opened. (Thanks to Mary for the tip.)
Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY, 10th District) has opened a temporary campaign office at 100 West 72nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. He is running in the redrawn 12th District in a race with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY, 12th District). You can find WSR’s coverage of the match-up here, ahead of the primary election on August 23. The space used to house Z’Baby Company, the kids clothing store.
It looks like a new brunch spot will be opening on Broadway between 78th and 79th Streets at the space formerly occupied by New Wave Cafe. A sign is up in the window that says “Almost Time for Brunch.” We will update when we have more information. (Thanks to Suzanne and Gavan for the tip.)
DEJAVU nail salon recently opened at 226 W. 72nd Street, between Broadway and West End. They’re open daily from 10am to 8:30pm and are replacing another nail salon, Spring Sun. (Thanks to Linda for the tip.)