By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Joe Coffee has signage up at 2058 Broadway between 70th and 71st Streets. Joe Coffee’s first location opened in 2003 in Greenwich Village and there are now several in NYC including a couple on the UWS along Columbus at 85th Street (since 2009) and 68th Street. At least 80% of its coffee is sourced from Rainforest Alliance certified producers, which takes into account social, economic, and environmental sustainability. The new space used to be Blue Marble, the ice cream shop. (Thanks to Melinda for the tip.)
ChaShaMa, the art gallery at 697 Amsterdam Avenue (on the corner of 94th Street) that’s being run in partnership with the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing, has started its fourth exhibition. Now being showcased until September 10th are two local photographers: Myles Tate, an UWS-based portrait and fashion photographer, who has an “explosive, flashy, and surreal perspective” according to the gallery’s website; and Brooklyn-based Neriah McBain, a commercial and portrait photographer as well as a lighting tech and overall visual artist. The gallery was originally planned to run temporarily for six months, but now the arrangement is ongoing and no end date is set. It is free to the public and open daily from 4pm to 8pm.
Allure, a bar and restaurant, has signage up at 250 W. 77th Street between Broadway and West End, in the Belleclaire Hotel. The new establishment is backed by City Nights Hospitality, which runs 48LOUNGE in Rockefeller Center and Ascent Lounge in Deutsche Bank Center (formerly Time Warner Center). The space was previously used as an entrance to the hotel. Construction is underway though details aren’t available at the moment – we’ll post an update when possible. The Belleclaire, which opened in 1903, is one of the city’s oldest luxury hotels. (Thanks to Bob and Dan for the tips.)
Play Street Museum, an interactive indoor play area for kids, is opening at 805 Columbus (near 99th Street). Play Street’s spaces are set up for activities that “encourage independence, exploration and creativity.” The venues can also be rented for private parties and events. Play Street has several locations across the country. The UWS space has been vacant for a few years but was formerly a Petco. (Thanks to James for the tip.)
To receive WSR’s free email newsletter, click here.