By Lisa Kava and Scott Etkin
Hospital for Veterinary Surgery (HVS) opened at 150 Amsterdam (67th Street), on July 31st. The hospital comprises a 10,000-square-foot space in the AIRE building, a glass residential tower. HVS is the first “surgery-exclusive” veterinary hospital in Manhattan and features four operating suites, radiology imaging suites, and CT scan machines. The surgeons at HVS specialize in orthopedics, soft tissue/oncologic surgery, and minimally invasive surgery. HVS is currently scheduling appointments for surgical procedures which will begin in September. The veterinary hospital was founded by Medical Director Dr. Matthew Raske, a board certified veterinary surgeon, who worked at other specialty veterinary hospitals in the New York-Metropolitan area. He is joined by Dr. Andrew Kyles, also a board certified veterinary surgeon, who formerly worked at other New York City and Long Island specialty hospitals. HVS was founded to meet the “very high demands that come with an increased pet population in New York City.”
Columbus Natural Foods, a health food store at 725 Columbus Avenue at 96th Street, is closing at the end of September. The store serves healthy prepared foods, organic food and grocery items, bakery goods, vitamins, and supplements. Everything in the store will be on sale beginning the first week of September, starting at 25% and eventually 50% off, owner Chad Patel told West Side Rag. “The customer base has been slowing down since Covid,” Patel said. “Many longtime regular customers have moved away and it has really affected our business. The rent has become difficult and we cannot keep up with the space that we have.” Columbus Natural Foods has been there for almost 30 years according to Patel who bought the store from the previous owner in 2017. “I am going to miss it,” he said. “This store embodies everything that makes the Upper West Side a community,” wrote tipster Shari. “They know their customers by name and let regulars keep a tab. The staff are long time employees who watched our kids grow up.”
Ansonia Cleaners, which closed in May 2023 after 22 years at 230 West 74th Street in the Ansonia building, will be reopening nearby in the Schwab House apartment building at 285 West End Avenue between 73rd and 74th Streets. Owner Brian Chu told the Rag that the cleaners will also have pickup and drop-off laundry service. “After I closed, a lot of my customers called and sent me emails asking me to stay in the neighborhood. I knew people in the Schwab House who offered me the space,” Chu told WSR on a phone call. Chu expects to reopen in the new space in either late August or early September. “I was trying to take a break, but I don’t want to disappoint my customers,” he said. “I am personally thrilled because I’ve been using them for eons and I’m also happy that Brian found a new home,” wrote tipster Gretchen.
New Amsterdam Burger has moved from 680 Columbus Avenue ( 93rd Street), to 100 West 83rd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam, where it will be sharing space with Carlos & Gabby’s, a Mexican Kosher restaurant. The two food establishments are under the same ownership, but have different menus. New Amsterdam Burger is now called Amsterdam Burger NYC and offers burgers, salads, and sandwiches for pickup and delivery only. “The name has changed but the burgers have not,” the manager told West Side Rag. (Thanks to Gustavo for the tip.)
Trek, the bicycle shop at 231 West 96th Street will close on August 27, and consolidate with Trek’s shop at 156 West 72nd Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues). All parts and accessories are 50% off, and bikes are 20% off until the store closes. According to a store clerk from the 72nd shop, the company is currently searching for a larger location on the Upper West Side, but a space has not yet been identified. “We will eventually move to a bigger space, that is the plan,” the clerk said. (Thanks to Seth and Robert for the tip.)
New Balance, the athletic footwear and apparel store has signage up on Columbus Avenue between 69th and 70th Streets. The space was formerly occupied by Intermix, the trendy women’s clothing store that closed in November 2022. New Balance has three other stores in Manhattan; on the Upper East Side, Flatiron and in Midtown. (Thanks to Nancy for the tip.)
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