By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, which has been closed since December 2022, is expected to reopen this summer under new management. The New York City Parks Department announced that the Boathouse will be run by Legends Hospitality, which also operates at Yankee Stadium, the Intrepid, and Circle Line, among other institutions across the city. The 10-year agreement also includes new funding from Legends: a $3.25 million capital investment and $250,000 for structural maintenance improvements. The Boathouse first opened in 1872 and brings back memories for many WSR readers.
Bespoke Brows, an eyebrow and eyelash salon, opened on February 21st at 100 West 72nd Street near Columbus Avenue. Services include tweezing, waxing, eyelash extensions, tinting, and lash lifts. Bespoke Brows, which has two locations on the Upper East Side, is owned by Rebecca Hoffman and her husband Ross. “We chose to expand to the UWS as we personally love that neighborhood,” Rebecca wrote in a direct message to WSR. “It has some of our favorite restaurants and architecture in the city, and we were hearing a lot of feedback from our guests that many of them were commuting across the park to visit us.” They’re open from 11am to 7pm on weekdays and 11am to 6pm on weekends. Appointments are by walk-in only. The space used to be Z’Baby, the children’s clothing store.
Ample Hills Creamery, the ice cream shop on Amsterdam between 85th and 86th Streets, has until March 1st to pay nearly $40,000 in backdated rent, according to a sign posted on the storefront. The shop has been closed since December when its parent company, Schmitt Industries, closed all Ample Hills locations until it raised more capital. The announcement, which says that locations will reopen on December 26th, has not been updated. Schmitt acquired Ample Hills in 2020, a few months after it filed for bankruptcy. (Thanks to Pierre for the tip.)
The Wallace Lounge opened on Valentine’s Day at 242 West 76th Street (Broadway and WEA), in the Wallace Hotel (the hotel opened in 2021). Wallace Lounge serves classic cocktails and wine as well as snacks and small plates such as salad, tuna nori, beef tartare, caviar brioche, sliders, potato croquettes and cauliflower tacos. Wallace Lounge is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 5 pm to 12 am. Tables can be booked online. (Thanks to Joy for the tip.)
Variazioni, the women’s clothing store with frequent sales, has opened on the corner of Broadway and 84th Street. Variazioni has multiple locations on the Upper West Side and throughout the city, some of which have been pop ups. This location will be permanent, a salesperson told West Side Rag. The store is open daily from 11 am to 7:30 pm, closing Sundays at 7 pm. It replaces an Aldo shoe store. (Thanks to Jan for the tip.)
Nails for Us, a nail salon offering manicures, pedicures and waxing, opened on February 15th at 221 West 79th Street between Amsterdam and Broadway. The space was formerly occupied by Voila Chocolat.
Sweets N Treats, a smoke shop with “exotic snacks,” has opened at 252 West 108th Street, near Broadway. The shop sells CBD, kratom and smoking paraphernalia, as well as international versions of munchies, such as Oreos and Kit Kats in flavors available in other countries. It replaces Zoya Cleaners. (Thanks to Tracy for the tip.)
Poulet Sans Tête, a rotisserie chicken restaurant, is opening at 590 Amsterdam between 88th and 89th Streets later this winter or in the spring, according to the company. The first location of Poulet Sans Tête (pronounced “pool-lay-sahn-tet) does takeaway-only from Left Bank, a New American bistro in the West Village. Unlike the location downtown, the new restaurant will have around 12 seats of indoor dining. The menu features whole and half-roasted chickens, along with several vegetable sides. It replaces One Stop Laundromat. (Thanks to Talia for the tip.)