By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Really Great Things, the high-end clothing boutique on Columbus Avenue between 73rd and 74th Streets, has closed. The spacious glass shop, which had been operating in that space for more than two decades, offered personal service for a curated set of European-designed clothes, shoes and accessories for everyday wear and special occasions. The boutique was the stylist behind some notable figures, such as: chef Carla Hall, former United States Ambassador to the UN Rosemary DiCarlo, and film producer Valda Witt. “The Really Great Things family would like to thank all of our clients, friends and neighbors for a wonderful 26 years at 284 Columbus Ave. Please stay tuned,” the website says. WSR will update with more information soon. (Thanks to Lisa and Faye for the tips.)
Made in New York Pizza opened a new location on Amsterdam between 72nd and 73rd Streets. Less than 10 blocks away from the pizzeria’s existing store on 80th and Amsterdam (which remains open), the second shop serves to “increase our delivery footprint,” they wrote in a message to WSR. While the new shop doesn’t have a delivery driver yet, it currently makes deliveries within a few block radius. The Infatuation wrote that it’s a good pizza option on the UWS, if you’re too far south to get to Mama’s Too. The new shop takes the place of Joe Coffee. (Thanks to Joeanna for the tip.)
Royale Cleaners at 689 Columbus Avenue (on 93rd Street) has a “temporary disruption at their storefront,” as of September 6th. A sign on the door informs customers to call or text (212-662-5935) to arrange pick up of outstanding dry cleaning or laundry. “We are in a bit of a situation right now as there are issues with the landlord,” the manager told WSR. “We are hoping this is temporary and are trying to work it out.” Royale Cleaners is still operating, the manager assured us. “Customers can call us to drop off laundry and dry cleaning, which we will then send to our warehouse and arrange to return when clean. Please call a day in advance, to give us notice.” If Royale Cleaners is unable to agree on a deal with the current landlord, they will look for a new storefront in the neighborhood, the manager said. (Thanks to Mark for the tip.)
El Coco, a taqueria with locations in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen, has opened at 104 West 73rd Street, near Columbus Avenue. Open daily from noon to 10pm, it has an “all day happy hour” featuring $5 margaritas, $4 tacos, and $3 empanadas. In the back of the restaurant, there’s a covered patio, which fits around 30 people, and is also available for private events. El Coco replaces Portofino Sun, the beauty and tanning salon.
Columbus Gourmet Food on Columbus between 72nd and 73rd was closed by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Division of Environmental Health. The pizzeria and deli had a “B” grade posted in its storefront window from its last Sanitary Inspection, issued in April. (Thanks to Mark for the tip.)
Note: WSR saw workers carrying fixtures out of Columbus Gourmet on Wednesday afternoon around 4:00 PM.