HARRY’S SHOES COMPLETES BIG EXPANSION; EVEN THE MAYOR GIVES PRAISE

Harry’s Shoes, a neighborhood staple for decades, just expanded in a big way: the store more than doubled the size of its adult showroom, adding new brands, extra seating and glowing signs out front. The grand reopening on Thursday included [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

SECOND-HAND CLOTHING CHAIN EXPANDING

Second Time Around, a chain of consignment shops that opened an Upper West Side location last year, is expanding again. The store plans to open a new 2,000-square-foot shop at 238 West 72nd Street by the end of the year, [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

DESPITE LAW, LOCAL STORES CONTINUE TO BLAST AC ONTO THE SIDEWALKS

A few years ago the city passed a law that makes stores close their doors when they have the air conditioning on. Leaving the doors open wastes energy and puts the city at higher risk for a blackout. But stores [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

BODY SHOP CLOSING AFTER DECADES ON 76TH; EVERYTHING 30% OFF

The Body Shop on the corner of 76th Street and Broadway is closing on Saturday after being open for decades. It’s not clear why the shop is shutting its doors — an employee there didn’t know the details when we [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

NEW CHILDREN’S SPORTING GOODS STORE COMING TO 99TH

Rookie USA, a new children’s sporting goods and apparel chain, is opening a store at 808  Columbus Avenue (99th Street) in the Columbus Square complex this fall. The chain currently doesn’t have any stores, but will be launching this fall [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

PLEASE STOP SAYING DUANE READE IS ‘CHEAP’

One of the arguments used to fight a proposal to change zoning rules on the Upper West Side in an effort to keep storefronts small (and possibly help mom-and-pop shops) was that Upper West Side stores were simply selling items [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

COLUMBUS AVENUE’S MYSTERY CLOTHING STORE REVEALED

We've already established that Columbus Avenue below 72nd Street has become a slightly downscale version of Madison Avenue in the past few years, with Helmut Lang, Burberry Brit, Theory, Paige Denim and more opening within a few blocks of each o … Read the rest of this entry >>

ALL THE WORLD’S A MALL: MTA LEASING OUT NEW COLUMBUS CIRCLE SUBWAY SHOPPING-PLEX

The MTA is looking for a private real estate company to help it rent out 13 stores that it created as part of a massive renovation of the Columbus Circle subway station. The station gets lots of traffic — 68,000 [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

LULULEMON OPENING NEW STORE ON 75TH STREET

Athletic apparel company Lululemon is close to opening a new outlet on 75th Street and Broadway, so you can wrap yourself in breathable sweat-wicking fabrics as you gaze longingly at Citarella and Fairway across the street. The space used to [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

MORNING BULLETIN: HERO DAD SAVES WOMAN ON SUBWAY TRACKS, RETAIL RENTS SOAR

May 21, 2012 Weather: Rain and Thunder, High of 62 Deg … Read the rest of this entry >>

VINTAGE JEWELRY, STATIONERY COMING TO COLUMBUS AVENUE

As we’ve noted before, Columbus Avenue businesses don’t tend to stay vacant for long. And two stores that recently vacated their spaces are already being filled by new stores. Paper Source, a Chicago-based stationery store that we’ve written about before, [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

TOM HANKS AND MEG RYAN FELL IN PRETEND-LOVE HERE; NOW IT’S A LAUNDROMAT

An iconic space meant to represent all the good things on the Upper West Side that have been demolished by corporate greed has a new owner who will gladly starch your shirts for you. The exterior of the store at [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

MYSTERIOUS ITALIAN RESTAURANT, NEW JEWELRY COMING TO COLUMBUS AVENUE

Columbus Avenue commercial real estate is hot — so hot in fact that there isn’t a single vacant space on the entire stretch from 67th to 82nd Street, according to the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District. We have already reported [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

PREPPY LIFESTYLE EMPORIUM TAKING BORDERS’ PLACE IN TIME WARNER CENTER

A store filled with housewares and preppy clothes has signed a lease to take about half of the space of the old Borders store on the second floor of the Time Warner Center, the Observer, Racked, and Women’s Wear Daily [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

COMING TO VACANT FILENE’S BASEMENT SPACE: SHOES, SHOES SHOES!

The huge space on Broadway between 79th and 80th Streets that housed Filene’s Basement for almost 20 years will be filled by a new retailer come June: DSW. A rumor brought to us by our talented local sleuth Emily Baer [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

25 UPPER WEST SIDE OPENINGS & CLOSINGS: PREPPY CLOTHES, DOMINICAN FOOD, CHOCOLATE AND MORE

As we scan the Upper West Side for signs of life, it’s clear that the preppies are still alive and well, as J. Crew opened a new high-end men’s shop in the Time Warner Center and Brooks Brothers is getting [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

APPLE’S GLASS TEMPLE IS FINALLY WHOLE AGAIN

The shimmering Apple store on 67th Street and Broadway makes an architectural statement, and that statement is “Come in and worship, and then swipe your credit card into this neat little machine.” But for months the glass facade of the [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

FILENE’S BASEMENT WILL LIQUIDATE OVER THE HOLIDAYS AS CHAIN GOES BANKRUPT

Syms Corp., which owns Filene’s Basement, declared bankruptcy yesterday and will be liquidating its stores — including the big store on Broadway between 79th Street and 80th Street — over the holidays. Syms went bankrupt after attempting in vain to [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

THREE STORES GET NEW TENANTS: SEX SHOP REPLACED BY EYEBROW SPECIALISTS

Lots of new stores are cropping up throughout the neighborhood, beyond the big names that get all the attention like Century 21 and Momofuku Milk Bar. I was even offered a slice of pizza from a new place called Primo [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

NEW CENTURY 21 MAKES UPPER WEST SIDE “A SHOPPER’S PARADISE”; THIS SWEATER SAYS DIFFERENTLY

At the ribbon-cutting for the new Century 21 store on 66th Street and Broadway yesterday, politicians announced that a new era of shopping has begun on the Upper West Side. The mayor even called the neighborhood “a shopper’s paradise.” To [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

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