By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Broadway Restaurant, the classic American diner between 101st and 102nd Streets, has closed after more than four decades. “To our staff and patrons, who have become our friends and family, it has been a privilege and a pleasure sharing all these years with you,” reads a sign on the storefront. The all-day restaurant served up breakfast favorites and other diner comfort food staples, with retro menu signage to match. Wrote one reviewer on Yelp: “Food, service and vibe are all Old School and simply outstanding. ‘Nuff said.” (Thanks to George and Jacqueline for the tips.)
Sherry Herring, the Israeli sandwich shop at 245 West 72nd Street, has closed. “We appreciate your support and the memories we’ve created together,” the business posted on Instagram. “Although we won’t be at this location anymore, we’re excited for new culinary adventures.” The fish sandwich shop originated in Tel Aviv and opened this Upper West Side location, its first in New York City, in the fall of 2021. (Thanks to Jeff and Joy for the tips.)
Spark, a yoga, art and meditation program for kids, opened a studio at 162 West 72nd Street (on the fifth floor) in May. Founded in 2015 by artist Sebastian Alappat, Spark is an “integrated art program that inspires and educates children using the three pillars of art, yoga and meditation.” Alappat, a former art director and designer for companies such as Tommy Hilfiger, wanted to leave the corporate world and share his love of art with children. He began the program in his NYC apartment, hired a team of artists and began to create after-school programs throughout the five boroughs. In addition to after-school programs, Spark hosts summer camps, private art mediation, yoga instruction, and birthday parties. Alappat plans to host a “Portfolio Prep Program” as well as an advanced art camp for children over the age of ten, he wrote to WSR in an email. Field trips to NYC museums are also part of the program.
PingPod, the table tennis chain, is in its soft-opening phase at 243 West 99th Street. Interested players can book online and start playing now, a representative told WSR. The official opening date is June 22nd, and an opening reception will be held then from 5pm to 8pm. The space has two tables in a shared room as well as one table in a private room. “The coolest feature that sets PingPod apart from any other ping-pong venue is that it’s autonomous,” the rep wrote to the Rag in an email – meaning that all reservations and checking in can be done through the PingPod app. Players can also use touchscreens in the studio to order replays of their shots or moments during a game which will be emailed to them.
“The UWS has been a target zone for PingPod since day one. We searched consistently throughout the neighborhood but were met with very low inventory and high prices. Finally, this space became available and met all of our physical criteria and we jumped on it!” said co-founder David Silberman. “The UWS has the right dynamics of density and diversity of people and families that PingPod strives for in our real estate selection and we are confident it will be a high traffic PingPod!”
A Sales & Design Gallery for 50 West 66th Street, the 70-story luxury condo building that’s currently under construction, has opened at 174 Columbus Avenue between 67th and 68th Streets. The tower is designed by Snøhetta, the architects behind many notable projects around the world, and features “50,000 square feet of immersive amenities” and views of both Central Park and the Hudson River. Next to the entrance of the sales office is a sculpture that appears to be an abstract rendering of the new building. Meetings are available by appointment. (Thanks to Melinda for the tip.)