By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Body Mechanics, an acupuncture studio, is opening at 2807 Broadway between 108th and 109th Streets in August. “We are a black-owned, women-owned family practice focusing on pain relief and stress management through acupuncture, dry needling, cupping and coaching,” wrote Tabitha Silver, the owner and acupuncturist, in a message to WSR. Sessions range from $65 to $250 and Silver has advocated in the State Legislature for increased access to acupuncture to help New Yorkers with addiction recovery and pain management. Silver is herself a lifelong New Yorker whose grandparents moved to Morningside Heights in the late 1970s. “I opened my practice here because I grew up here,” she said. Previously the practice was located a little farther uptown on 113th Street. (Thanks to Tracy for the tip.)
Storico, the rustic Italian restaurant in the New-York Historical Society at 170 Central Park West (77th Street) closed on July 14th, according to a post on their instagram. Storico was known for its bright airy space with high ceilings, chandeliers, and decorative candles on the walls. The restaurant opened in 2011 and was operated by Constellation Culinary Group, which also runs restaurants in Carnegie Hall, the New York Botanical Garden, and a variety of museums and venues throughout the United States.
Parliament Espresso and Coffee Bar, operated by the same vendor as Storico and also in the NY Historical Society closed on July 14th as well. “We’ll have details about the future of the restaurant and cafe in the coming weeks, and we thank the teams at Storico and Parliament for their service,” a representative from the NY Historical Society wrote to the Rag in an email. Storico’s website is no longer operational.
Canine Styles, the dog grooming salon, is moving from 2231 Broadway between 79th and 80th Streets to 2200 Broadway on the corner of 78th Street, the former location of Cocomat, the natural mattress company that closed their Upper West Side store in December. All tenants must vacate the building where Canine Styles is currently located because it will be demolished, owner Mark Drendel told West Side Rag in an email. (When asked about the plans for the building, a representative from Friedland Properties declined to comment.) “After 13 years at 2231 Broadway, we didn’t want to desert our loyal following on the Upper West Side,” Drendel said. They plan to move by October 1st, if not sooner. “We started construction this past week and are very excited about the new space.” Canine Styles also has a couple of locations on the Upper East Side.
Photograph by Scott Etkin.Framebridge, the custom picture-framing company, is opening a store at 452A Columbus Avenue, between 81st and 82nd Streets. Framebridge started as an online-only business in 2014. Five years later, they began opening their own retail locations. The space used to be Luxcucina, a kitchen and bath design store.
Uptown Dermatology, part of the Infinity Dermatology network, is opening at 981 Amsterdam Avenue (the corner of 108th Street). Dr. Jeffrey Weinberg, the founder and owner of the company as well as the main provider, has lived on the Upper West Side with his family for more than 20 years. A Columbia graduate, Dr. Weinberg started the practice in 2012 and now splits his time between it and Beth Israel hospital in Union Square. Infinity has several dermatology offices in upper Manhattan and across the city. Construction at the new Upper West Side space will continue for the next few months. It has been vacant for several years and prior to its renovation was a karate studio.