By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Richard Corman, the photographer’s gallery at 473 Amsterdam Avenue (83rd Street), showcasing portraits of famous actors, athletes, and politicians, closed on January 15th. The shop started as a pop-up in 2019, with Coman having “no intention of being in the retail business,” but it ended up being extended into a four-year run. “Thank you neighbors and friends for your remarkable support. It is because of You that I have remained this long!” he wrote on Instagram. Corman has traveled the world to photograph iconic figures, such as Michael Jordan, Nelson Mandela, Mohammad Ali, Madonna, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and many others. Corman posted that a documentary, book, and exhibit featuring his work will be released over the next two years.
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream is opening at 2578 Broadway on the corner of 97th Street this spring, a company representative confirmed with West Side Rag. It is replacing another ice cream shop, Blue Marble, which closed its retail locations last year to focus on its wholesale business. Van Leeuwen started as an ice cream truck in 2008 in New York City and has since expanded to dozens of stores across several major US cities. It already has two locations on the Upper West Side at 73rd Street and Columbus and at 81st Street and Amsterdam. (Thanks to Jeff, Anya, and Robert for the tips.)
The CVS Pharmacy inside the Target at 795 Columbus (98th Street) is closing on March 12th. “Maintaining access to pharmacy services in the communities we serve is an important factor we consider when making store closure decisions,” a CVS representative wrote to WSR. “Other factors include local market dynamics, population shifts, a community’s store density, and ensuring there are other geographic access points to meet the needs of the community.” West Side Rag recently reported that the CVS location at Broadway and West 93rd Streetvwill also be closing, on February 21st. The closest remaining CVS is at 743 Amsterdam between 96th and 97th streets. (Thanks to Emily for the tip.)
Slate Cafe, a restaurant and coffee bar, is coming in early February to 2109 Broadway (West 74th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue), in the Ansonia building, at space previously occupied by Margot Patisserie, which closed in the spring of 2022 after nearly 30 years. This will be the third location in NYC (others are in Nomad and Midtown) for Slate, which serves breakfast, salads, sandwiches, and small plates in addition to artisan coffee and tea. They will also serve beer and wine. Slate is the brainchild of husband-and-wife team Zach Israel and Ashley Jaffe. “A slate, blank or otherwise, offers an opportunity for inspiration, ideation and growth,” Jaffe wrote to WSR in an email. The cafe will offer a variety of gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. They will be open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Israel and Jaffe are former Upper West Siders. “We are longtime fans of the Upper West Side. Zach and I lived there for years,” Jaffe wrote. (Thanks to Steve for the tip.)
Stretchlab, a one-on-one assisted stretching studio, is opening at 2551 Broadway at 96th Street. The opening will happen in phases, Colleen, a manager, said on a call with WSR. Starting on February 4th, for about a month, Stretchlab will offer free, 15-minute demos to show what a session entails. A soft- opening phase with half-hour and full-hour sessions will begin in March, followed by a full opening on April 4th. Once it is fully up and running, this location will have about 10 tables. It will be Stretchlab’s second location on the UWS – the existing one at Columbus and West 75th Street opened in October 2022, and is under the same franchise ownership. The 96th Street location will occupy a storefront in the new building that is opening there.
Chanel, the luxury clothes and accessories brand, has signage up at 199 Columbus Avenue on the corner of West 69th Street. While some Chanel products, like makeup and eyewear, are available at existing stores on the Upper West Side, this will be the first stand-alone Chanel boutique in the neighborhood. (The company has not responded to WSR’s outreach so far.) The space used to be Reiss, a high-end European clothing store that closed in the summer of 2022. (Thanks to Jack for the tip.)
Mimi’s Pizza opened on January 19th at 2393 Broadway between West 87th and 88th streets. A representative told WSR that they will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week to start (hours may change), and that they also serve pasta, heroes, salads, and appetizers. They started doing takeout and delivery on January 22nd, he said. This is the second location for Mimi’s, which is also on the Upper East Side. In addition to pizzas with different toppings, Mimi’s also has grandma pizza (rectangular) and cauliflower crust pizza. (Thanks to Irene for the tip.)
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