LIFE RETURNING SLOWLY TO BLEAK AMSTERDAM AVENUE BLOCK: CAFE, PHOTO STUDIO, SWEETS SHOP COMING

Three stores that have been vacant for months on Amsterdam Avenue between 78th and 79th Streets could soon (but not too soon) be bustling with new business. That block, in the heart of the Upper West Side, has been looking a lot like Detroit: for much of the past year, seven of the 11 businesses on its east side have been shutt … Read the rest of this entry >>

CENTURY 21 ENCOURAGES “VIPS” TO GET A HEAD START ON SHOPPING; THE GAP HIDES ITS FACE IN SHAME

The new Century 21 in Lincoln Square is feeling so generous that it is letting special VIPs (anyone willing to give them their email address) start shopping at the discount clothing a full week early as it prepares a “soft” [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

32 UPPER WEST SIDE OPENINGS & CLOSINGS: CUPCAKES, NOVELTIES AND FIVE FLOORS OF WHOA MAMA!

This month, we bring news of new cupcakes, novelties and outdoors goods on the Upper West Side, as well as the closing of two spots that were dear to l … Read the rest of this entry >>

ANOTHER HOLE TORN OUT OF BROADWAY; MANHATTAN DINER DEMOLISHED

The wrecking ball has done its work to Manhattan Diner, the beloved Greek spot that held down the corner of 77th Street and Broadway for 11 y … Read the rest of this entry >>

MAKE WAY FOR THE UPPER WEST SIDE’S FIRST HELMUT LANG

We reported last month that the boutique clothing store Theory was moving from 71st Street and Columbus Avenue to 69th and Columbus, the old spot of makeup store Lancome. It was supposed to take a couple of months for the [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

VIBRANT COLORS AND SPANDEX: RETAILERS BET ON UPPER WEST SIDE “YOUTH” MARKET

Two retailers are placing bets that the Upper West Side is getting younger, or at least younger at heart. Athleta, a women’s athletic apparel company owned by Gap, just opened a store at 70th Street and Columbus Avenue last week, [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

UPPER WEST SIDE APPLE STORE FALLS INTO DISREPAIR; BLACK PANELS AND A BEDOUIN VILLAGE

When the Upper West Side Apple store was unveiled two years ago, it was heralded as a true architectural achievement — “a composition as austerely purposeful as a classic Greek temple,” said one particularly excited reviewer. The clean lines of [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD THINGS: ANOTHER UPPER WEST SIDE ANTIQUES SHOP SHUTTERS

Estelle’s Antiques, a shop on Broadway between 93rd and 94th Streets that had operated for nearly 20 years, has closed its doors, the latest antiques store casualty in the neighborhood. Estelle’s sold crystal glasses and other bric-a-brac, as well as [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

THE END OF THE ERA OF THE UPPER WEST SIDE BOOKSTORE, AGAIN

With the imminent closing of Borders in the Time Warner Center less than a year after the shuttering of the huge Barnes & Noble on 66th Street, the Upper West Side has lost about half of the square feet in [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

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