By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation will be opening to the public on May 4 (members of the American Museum of Natural History have the chance to get preview tickets). The cavern-like building, designed by the architecture firm Studio Gang, has been under construction since 2019 and was originally expected to open in February. Highlights of new exhibits in the space are: “Invisible Worlds,” an immersive experience that illustrates how life on Earth is connected, and a vivarium with 80 species of free-flying butterflies. Look for the Rag’s full coverage of the opening!
NYU Langone Health is opening a large medical practice and imaging center at 1992 Broadway, on the corner of 67th Street. The space has been vacant since 2016, when Gracious Home, the furniture store, closed after 18 years at the location. Construction is underway but the timing of the opening is still to be determined, a representative of NYU Langone told the Rag. (Thanks to Melinda, Amy, and Patricia and for the tips.)
Bed Bath & Beyond’s last day at 65th Street and Broadway will be April 23rd. They are having 60-80% sales off the entire store, including fixtures and equipment, with new merchandise arriving daily. Customers are advised to bring their own bags. As previously reported, the chain has closed almost half its stores over the past year. “We have been conducting a comprehensive, store-by-store analysis of our portfolio to ensure we can grow profitably while best serving our customers,” the company wrote in a statement to WSR. “We previously shared this information [about the closing] with our valued Associates. While the decision to close a store is always a difficult one, customers can shop online at bedbathandbeyond.com and our mobile app.”
Getir, the grocery delivery service, has closed its location at 120 Riverside Boulevard (66th Street). A sign on the door says they’re still operating at 2567 Broadway (between 96th and 97th Streets). In November 2022, Getir acquired Gorillas, a competing delivery service. Business Insider wrote that 100 Getir employees were let go earlier this year and store closures were expected as the two companies consolidate. Fast delivery companies received significant funding from venture capital firms early in the pandemic, but were scrutinized on the UWS as “dark stores” that were pushing out local businesses. (Thanks to Joy for the tip.)
DiDi Dumpling has closed its small storefront at 201 Amsterdam between 69th and 70th Streets, a representative confirmed. The Chinese food restaurant lasted about six months in this location – it opened in mid-August 2022 – but it is still operating its other restaurant on 24th Street and Lexington. (Thanks to Joy for the tip.)
The Starbucks at 86th Street and Columbus has reopened after being closed for a two-week renovation project. A new floor that is easier to mop and clean was installed behind the counter, a store clerk told the Rag.
Pier i Cafe, the seasonal outdoor restaurant in Riverside Park, has opened for spring 2023. Established in 2005, the restaurant serves American fare along the Hudson River waterfront at 70th Street (the closest entrance to the park is at 68th Street and Riverside Boulevard). It is open daily from 11:30am to sunset, weather dependent.
Correction: We original reported that Scotch & Soda, the Amsterdam-based clothing brand, is closing its store at the corner of 80th Street and Columbus. Scotch & Soda recently filed for bankruptcy in the Netherlands. We have been informed by the store, however, that all their U.S. stores are remaining open.
Anyone to Bed & Bath sale, wonder if it’s worth going..
Store closing/bankruptcy sales generally all follow a predictable pattern.
Best selection but not so great discounts are found early on. As weeks progress discounts become greater but selection dwindles. By final weeks or days before store closes discounts are greatest but just dregs are left on shelves. There might be some good deals for those willing to spend time and effort.
Meanwhile from nearly day one large vendors or dealers swoop in and purchase huge lots of merchandise. This is where many eBay or other online sellers and or other auction places get merchandise.
No, forget it, it’s just junk they’re trying to get rid of. Most of the good stuff has been sold to other vendors months ago.
I was just there. Don’t bother unless you want a child’s comforter or a fuzzy blanket. Other than that it was just a huge mess.
Had the same thought about going. Thx for your post.
And on Broadway between 72 and 96……nothing
Hi James: That’s so true. But if you were looking to open a store, would you choose our neighborhood? No chance. It’s so dirty, so many hostile wandering vagrants from various shelters Gale Brewer etc keeps adding -it’s just a hostile environment. We used to have useful stores; now we have next to nothing and dread going out at night. It’s just a blighted neighborhood with no hope to come back for years if ever. After 7-8pm you can’t even buy a lightbulb.
There are many things going on with retail atm and it’s not just how supposedly “awful” UWS is in some people’s eyes.
First and foremost retail has been forever upended by online. Opening a shop in past meant just considering local competition, now you’ve got to look at Amazon and everyone else online as well.
As such it makes most sense to open something that cannot be easily found online. This is why you’re seeing more service, food, health and vet care businesses opening up over say various retail.
People used to complain about banks and Duane Reade sort of stores every few feet; now it’s nail salons.
Well, it’s a whole new world out there my friend. As my financial advisor says to me…. “wait until the dust settles” that might be another era or two…
This description bears no resemblance to what I see when I’m out. You sure you’re not just reading the comments on here?
I find good stuff from a lot of the street vendors in that area
i’m trying to think of what is between 96th and 114th. Vacancies might even be higher in that stretch.
Nothing has opened in the 90’s or 100’s or 110’s in months.
Warby Parker opened a new store late last year at 2875 Broadway.
That’s simply untrue. Some openings haven’t been reported on WSR, but among those that have been reported:
Spectrum (109th St, April), Zurna (103rd St, April), Afternoon (107th St, April), PingPod (99th St, May), Playa Bowls (110th, March), Ban Ban Shop (113th St, March), La Traviata 2 (106th St, February), and Uptown Artisanal (112th St, February).
Yes, there are many vacant storefronts, but there have been openings.
Also Warby Parker…
What is Afternoon on 107th? In the space on West End that once was a communist bookstore, then bar/performance venue?
Re: “…In the space on West End that once was a communist bookstore,….”
Class, WHICH of these describes a “Communist Bookstore”:
a) all of the books have plan red covers;
b) the shelves are mostly empty;
c) employees and “customers” must address each other as “Comrade”;
d) children’s picture books MUST show photos of closed factories as a failure of Americansky capitalism; and…
e) No returns! You MUST like what you read from this store!
Afternoon is a Korean cafe. It had a soft opening earlier this month. It’s at 2785 Broadway. The bookstore (Pomander) and bar (Underground Lounge / West End Lounge) were at 955 West End (south of 2785 Broadway, across 107th St).
Didn’t Gracious Home close prior to 2016?
It closed December 2016. It did have a long run, one of those “one-of-a-kind store”. I liked it, I found things there you couldn’t find but now you can find it on the Internet. I think that’s what closed them.
GH reopened in a small part of their Third avenue/UES location several years ago and seem to be doing well.
From westsidespirit: And therein lies a huge measure of hope for Upper West Siders, many of whom are still mourning the closing of the Gracious Home at 1992 Broadway on the corner of West 67th Street in December 2016 after an 18-year run. : (
Whatever happened to Kossar’s and Friend of a Farmer??? Any info on their opening dates??
The Richard Gilder Center already looks old….a poor copy of an earlier era……..
Glass half-full comment – typical UWS Rag reader. It’s what is inside that. matters…this center will be an important educational asset in the community.
Some of these people just don’t want change, and I find it very selfish.
This incredible building for both adults and our children for higher education!
Pier i’s Fish ‘n Chips has been excellent the past few years. Good quality fish, done just right, great fries and slaw. Enough for 2 people in my opinion.
My wife and I go there regularly. We like the veggie burger and the salmon burger. We’re always tempted by the lobster roll but it’s a little too $$$ for us. All in all a great place.
Thank you! I’ve got friends visiting from Miami who get here today, and was thinking of taking them there on this lovely Spring day, maybe for sunset drinks and nibbles
Agreed. They have a few decent options – spicy calamari and Caesar salad are nice too.
Would be nice to see a cafe further up the Hudson like in the West Harlem Piers on 125th.
There is one, on the boat, Baylander.
the bylander west harlem pier and 125th – they own prohibition on columbus too- bylander opening for 2nd season april 27th
Yes. But other than that it seems each year the menu gets smaller and smaller
Not quite true about the 110’s. In the block between 111 and 112th, there is a Warby Parker and a veterinary practice although the latter seems to have taken forever to open. There are also a few places to eat that have opened and are about to open.
I’m guessubg if pier i cafe is open Ellington in the Park at 105th is too?
It’s opening soon–I think the end of the month.
I believe the date is set for April 26. The tables are out already. Water is turned on in the park.
They always have DOH issues, which sort of makes sense given the location, but just saying…
the drama of the gilder center exterior is ruined by the visible fluorescent lights. put those activities someplace else.
I’m thrilled that NYU Langone is coming to the upper west side! This is most welcome.
We are all looking forward to the opening of The Richard Gilder Center and Park on Thursday, May 4 with sneak previews the week before after five years of major construction.