By Faith Hope Consolo

Some cities hibernate in winter – but not New York. Snow, sleet, rain or sub-zero temperatures can’t keep New Yorkers from shopping or dining, or tourists from visiting to see the latest Broadway shows or shops. And New York as always has something new for all.

On magnificent Madison Avenue, Hublot watches is coming to 721 Madison Avenue. Paris-based Belgian designer Jonathan Riss brings Jay Ahr to 801 Madison Avenue. London jeweler Solange Azagury-Partridge joins the lineup at 809 Madison Avenue. Cesare Paciotti reopens its boutique at 833 Madison Avenue with a grand renovation. Petit Bateau, the cult children’s clothing store, has a new home concept store at  the NYC flagship (1094 Madison Avenue). French sportswear designer Vicomte Arthur debuts at 1067 Madison Avenue. Anya Hindmarch will located at 75th Street, a few doors down from Carolina Herrera. J. Crew finally unveiled its Collection shop at 1035 Madison Avenue. Miu Miu gave us a holiday fete with the opening of the 11 E 57th Street flagship. Jewels are front and center with two highly anticipated red-carpet openings: Graff (710 Madison Avenue) and Kwiat (725 Madison Avenue).

On fabulous Fifth Avenue, Gucci unveils its “one-of-a-kind” handbags exclusive to Bergdorf Goodman in the new boutique on the main floor. The Plaza Hotel Grand Concourse touts LTJ Arthur, Peter Lik Fine Art Photography, Kenneth Jay Lane and Ghurka. International luxury accessories brand MCM also joined in the Plaza. The famed Oak Room reopened at long last. Watch and jewelry designer Joseph Edwards relocates to 452 Fifth Avenue, between West 39th and West 40th Streets. Surf design shop Quiksilver has taken a third location at 587 Fifth Avenue. In Rockefeller Center, Brooks Brothers now occupies the former French Connection corner at 51st  Street. Juicy Couture rolled out the red carpet to a duplex emporium at 650 Fifth Avenue. The spa at the Peninsula New York hotel will reopen as The Peninsula Spa by ESPA. Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue, features grand opening of Guerlain La Maison Boutique shop-in-shop.

Never underestimate the Upper East Side. Urban Archaeology moves to grander digs at 207 East 57th Street. Athletics remains key, with Princeton Running Co. coming to Bloomie’s Country at 1059 Third Avenue. Asia’s Pure Yoga at 203 East 86th Street is more than a store; it’s a lifestyle center. Haute garden design Treillage has taken a second spot at Lexington Avenue and 73rd Street. Paola’s restaurant is relocating from East 84th Street to the Wales Hotel, replacing Joanna’s. Partners Vittorio Assaf, Fabiano Granato and Stephanie Gout added to the city’s Mexican restaurant scene, opening Mañana at 27 East 61st Street. The space at 157 East 55th Street is now Indian eatery Darbar Grill. Robert Shapiro’s oyster bar and seafood shack Flex Mussels occupies 174 East 82nd Street.

Behold Bloomies Country, as a multilevel Victoria’s Secret is a sparkling jewel box at 58th and Lexington Avenue. Across the street, supersized Steve Madden sits at 720 Lexington. Space NK has debuted a store-in-store at the Bloomingdales 59th Street flagship.

On the unforgettable Upper West Side, Salumeria Rosi has brought its Italian market/eatery concept to 283 Amsterdam, between 73rd and 74th Street. B. Café West is a Belgian restaurant at 566 Amsterdam Avenue at 87th Street. Ugg Boots replaces the Rockport store next to the Reebok Sports Club on Columbus and 67th Street. The same street also will be home to an Apple store, replacing Victoria’s Secret. Zara has signed for its first Upper West Side unit, with 15,000 square feet at 1963 Broadway between 66th and 67th Streets, the former location of Tower Records. Custom eyewear boutique SEE will open at 207 Columbus Avenue. Williams-Sonoma has converted its Columbus Circle store into Williams-Sonoma Home. After two years in development, casual brasserie West Branch has opened at 2178 Broadway at 77th Street. Steak lovers have a new option at Center Cut, which offers hormone and antibiotic-free meats at 44 West 63rd Street in the Empire Hotel.

For Park Avenue perfection, The Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf-Astoria has opened for pampering.

In lush Lincoln Center, ballerina’s fave Capezio took a space on Amsterdam at 69th Street.

Time for Times Square reinvention: Forever 21 will fit into the iconic 1540 Broadway. Hello Kitty Sanrio Luxe concept shop 233 West 42nd Street.

Chic Chelsea will have more Gracious Home as the crème de la crème of home furnishings, design and necessity takes space at 23rd Street. European menswear Efor shop-in-shop has come to the IT NYC boutique at 168 Eighth Avenue. The corner of 10th Avenue and 23rd Street has a new entry with Il Bordello at 470 West 23rd Street. Showroom Seven is opening a freestanding boutique called Beyond 7 at 601 West 27th Street (corner of Eleventh Avenue). Hotelier Michael Rawson plans a new luxury boutique hotel in the area north of Madison Square Park -- NoMad – at Broadway at West 28th Street, one block from the soon-to-open Breslin. The first green renovated hotel in NYC, Rawson’s entry will have a restaurant and rooftop garden to serve its 160 guest rooms and 11 suites with interiors designed by French decorator Jacques Garcia.

In Fabulous FlatIron, Solstice sunglasses debuted, replacing Aerosoles at 16 Fifth Avenue at 22nd Street. The Hot Pit BBQ & Bar opened on West 26th Street. Jeffrey Chodorow has brought Almond, well known in Bridgehampton, to 12 East 22nd Street. Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse will be at 255 Fifth Avenue.

In marvelous Meatpacking, Paige Premium Denim founder, Paige Adams-Geller, plans a boutique at 869 Washington Street. Tory Burch comes to the corner of Little West 12th Street, adjacent to an upcoming store from Vince at 833 Washington Street. Work wear-inspired Operations will open its second location at 50 Ninth Avenue. Moschino bowed at 401 West 14th Street. Barneys New York’s longstanding rumors have finally come true – the company has leased two adjacent buildings to combine 832 Washington Street and 439 West 13th Street. Designer sunglass boutique Solstice appears on 9th Avenue and 14th Street. French luxury clothiers Zadig & Voltaire has taken space at 831 Washington Street.

In too-hot TriBeCa, International Art Center, the Russian gallery for modern art will open its first U.S. space at 49 Walker Street. Hailing from South Carolina, Amanzi Tea will bring a contemporary spin on high tea to 166 Chambers Street. Bouley Restaurant bowed at 163 Duane Street.

The exciting East Village never disappoints for those looking for the new and unusual. Website has opened its first store at 189 Avenue A to serve those Goths who find Hot Topic too tame. Sohung Designs Collective, which sells apparel jewelry and accessories from China-born, New Yorkbred handmade clothing maker Sohung Tong and other designers, opened at 312 East 9th Street. Vintage store Buffalo Exchange opened its first Manhattan unit at 332 East 11th Street. Cocktail lounge meets Savile Row at Elsa, a men’s suit store and bar at 217 East 3rd Street. At press time, The Cooper Square Hotel was finally scheduled to open by the end of November, bringing with it a Table 8 restaurant. The Momofuku Milk Bar, serving flavored milks and baked goods, opened behind Momo’s Ssam Bar, 207 Second Avenue.

In the wonderful West Village, PureDark chocolatier brings sweets to 350 Bleecker Street. Rag & Bone had a super- quick opening of their flagship at 104 Christopher Street, joining Thom Browne’s Black Fleece from Brooks Brothers label shop (351 Bleecker Street). American Apparel continues its march across Manhattan, taking the Banana Republic Monogram concept store space at 205 Bleecker Street (6th Avenue). Steven Alan, Soapology and Sergio Davila, a menswear designer 8th Avenue and 13th Street, have revealed new shops. Ralph Lauren converted his women’s store at 380 Bleecker to his children’s line. The long-delayed 10 Downing restaurant has finally opened. The Charles continues the trend of upscale Village bistro dining on West 4th Street. Miguelina is moving to Cooper Square near East Sixth Street and 7 for all Mankind denim giants took 347 Bleecker Street.

In sumptuous Soho, Timberland is coming to 474 Broadway, while Banana Republic expands at 552 Broadway. Escada is planning 555 Broadway. Eastern Mountain Sports is relocating to 530 Broadway at Spring Street, tripling its store size. Victoria’s Secret has opened a new unit at 568 Broadway. 130 Prince Street will be home to Cole Haan. Alabama-based Southern gentleman style boutique Billy Reid has taken space at 54 Bond Street at Bowery. San Francisco menswear catalog Clark’s Register is now bricks-and-mortar at 339 West Broadway. Costume National is relocating to 160 Mercer Street. Tools for Living from parent store Design Within Reach has come to 142 Wooster Street. Vilebrequin has re-opened 436 West Broadway after expanding to the adjacent space. Bebe’s fifth store is now at 488 Broadway. Hugo Boss (555 Broadway next to Sephora) is ready for shoppers. Argentinean clothing brand Etiqueta Negra is taking the space at the corner of Prince and Lafayette Streets. Infant and children’s apparel store Bundle’s has opened a 550-square-foot shop at 128 Thompson. The long-awaited Vera Wang ready-to-wear shop is nearing completion at 158 Mercer Street, with an opening by yearend. Aldo debuted its third Manhattan location on Broadway between Broome and Grand. Lululemon has now brought yoga-based serenity to Broadway. A new hotel cluster is opening around Hudson Square, including 179 Varick designed by Peter Poon and the Charlton SoHo with architecture by Lucien Lagrange, joining existing Sheraton Four Points, and upcoming Trump Soho, Viceroy Hotel and Hampton Inn. Boqueria SoHo now brings tapas to 171 Spring Street.

In Nolita, fragrance specialist Bath Junkie freshens 227 Mulberry Street. Loris Diran of Chanel and Versace fame is opening on First Street east of the Bowery.

The Lower East Side is in the midst of major changes, as it continues to gentrify. Vintage boutique Dulcinee closed on 127 Stanton between Essex and Norfolk Streets on November 13 to focus on online and private showroom sales.

In the Formidable Financial District, the Radisson Financial hotel will rise at 99 Washington Street (at Rector), near the under-construction W at 123 Washington. Other hotel projects, however, reportedly are delayed, including the Four Seasons at 99 Church (though developer Larry Silverstein disputes it) and the Nobu. Australian chef Shaun Hergatt’s SHO Shaun Hergatt opened in mid-November at 40 Broad Street. This year now ending has seen triumphs and travails, debuts and farewells. Undoubtedly, 2009 will bring more of all. But what we must never forget is that New York, the most generous, exciting, frustrating and fun city in the world, will always provide opportunities for those strong enough and smart enough to stay. If you can make it here, you really can make it anywhere. Looking forward to a happy, healthy, prosperous and store-laden 2009,

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Faith Hope Consolo
Chairman, The Retail Group


Faith Hope Consolo
Chairman, Retail Leasing & Sales Division
Prudential Douglas Elliman

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