Just as the leaves on the trees change colors and eventually fall,
signals that autumn is upon us and a new season has begun, our city
– New York – is also changing, turning and beginning a
The activity in each part of the city welcomes shoppers, hailing
a happy change, both in climate and in season. As you roam Manhattan’s
streets this fall, enjoying the vibrant foliage and the crisp air
– perfect for shopping all day long – you’ll notice
a bevy of changes. Here’s a little summary of what you’ll
find this season:
On fabulous Fifth Avenue: Bottega Veneta has opened
its largest store in the U.S., between 54th and 55th Streets, adjacent
to Pucci’s second New York boutique in the
St. Regis Hotel. Abercrombie & Fitch will come
to 720 Fifth Avenue next year, at the northwest corner of 56th Street,
formerly home to Fendi. Just in time for the holidays, Build-a-Bear
Workshop will join another popular children’s destination,
American Girl Place, south of Saks at 565 Fifth Avenue, replacing
On the Golden Mile: Sant Ambroeus, the ritzy bakery
and restaurant that peddles high-end pastries, gelato and pastas,
returns to 1000 Madison Avenue at 77th Street, replacing Fauchon.
Italian designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua opened
its first U.S. store at 818 Madison Avenue. Shi Cashmere
replaces Borghese Cosmetics at 944 Madison Avenue, bringing a piece
of London to New York. David Webb jewelry is relocating
from the southeast corner of 57th and Park to 789 Madison Avenue,
taking Bruno Magli’s space. Repossi Joailliers of
Monte Carlo will open its first U. S. location at 609 Madison Avenue,
formerly Ciribelli jewelry. De Grisogono Jewelers,
famous for its rare black diamonds, will sparkle at 824 Madison
Avenue. Karl Kemp, antiques dealer, is building
a shop at 833 Madison. Charles Schwab & Co.
will also open a retail site at One Madison Avenue.
On 57th Street: Beauty abounds- Sothy’s Skin Care
from France will have its first U.S. spa, just steps away from Bergdorf
Goodman at 37 West 57th Street, and, this fall, Zitomer
will sell its luxury beauty products across the way at 40 West 57th
At Columbus Circle: Distinguished cigar producer Davidoff
and Princeton Running Company have joined The Shops
at Columbus Circle, bringing even more luxury retail to the successfully
launched shopping center.
On the Upper West Side: Boyd’s of Madison Avenue,
a cosmetic and beauty product emporium, will move across the park
to Columbus Avenue, between 74th and 75th Streets. G.C.
William, also on Madison, just opened on West 72nd Street
between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue in time for back-to-school
On the Upper East Side: Boyd’s of Madison Avenue
is also relocating to a townhouse on Third Avenue and a fabulous
new concept, Morrell Wine XChange, is arriving
“just in time” for Thanksgiving at 1035 Third Avenue,
at 61st Street.
In Chelsea: French designer Lucien Pellat-Finet
has opened a boutique at 14 Christopher Street, next door to Aedes
de Venustas, parfumerie, at 9 Christopher Street. Optique
by LensCrafters has taken two more locations on Sixth Avenue,
at 13th Street and 20th Street. Olive + Bette’s
fourth and largest shop opened its doors at 384 Bleecker Street,
selling cheerful and trendy clothing to the young masses. Rumor
has it that Chanel is also scouting for a presence
on Bleecker Street.
Flatiron: Los Angeles-based athletic manufacturer LF Sportswear
will open a concept store at 150 Fifth Avenue, joining its first
boutique, which also opened in Soho.
the Meatpacking District: Armando Corral Salon opens
at 12 Little West 12th Street, between 9th Avenue and Washington Street.
Scoop will divide its men’s and women’s
trendy staples by expanding to 861 Washington Street along with its
other location, at 873 Washington Street. Designer Nicole
Farhi will have a shop and brasserie at 202, at the Chelsea
Market. Chic jewelry company Ten Thousand Things
will join neighbors Stella McCartney and La Perla at 423 West 14th
Street. Also on West 14th Street, Catriona MacKechnie,
a purveyor of luxurious lingerie made by several top designers. It
will open at number 400 and will surely be competition for La Perla.
In Soho: Links of London will have its second New
York City store on West Broadway replacing Bagutta. At 317 West Broadway,
Elie Tahari has opened. Fashion retailer Reiss
will be at 387 West Broadway. Charlotte Ronson, socialite
turned fashion designer, has moved from Elizabeth Street to 239 Mulberry
Beauty company Shu Uemura has redesigned and reopened
at 121 Greene Street. Kate Spade is expanding at
Broome Street, reopening in October as a magnificent flagship. LF
Sportswear just opened at 149 Spring Street and Von
Dutch is rumored to be searching around Soho.
In Noho: Bond Home Gallery has found a new home
at 19 Bond Street, just steps away from Creed (Bond No. 9).
In Tribeca: Home furnishing paradise Art et Maison
is open at North Moore and Lafayette Streets.
On the Lower Eastside: French native Marine
Penvern has opened at 166 Orchard Street, bringing her
edgy, urban designs to the eclectic neighborhood.
Tourists sure seem to “love NY” as both domestic and
international visitors flock to our City, resulting in the slew
of new hotels popping up and existing hotels receiving facelifts
to become more elegant.
For instance, the Lambs Club is being
renovated on West 44th, between Sixth and Seventh, and will open
this winter. One block over, on 45th Street between Sixth Avenue
and Broadway, Andre Balazs plans to open a price conscious “euro”
style hotel with bunk beds. On the other end of the spectrum, Balazs
is also developing Manhattan’s first Standard Hotel
in the ever exciting Meatpacking District. This boutique hotel will
be bordered by West Street, West 13th Street, Washington Street,
and Little West 12th Street.
Robert DeNiro and BD Hotels are joint venturing a new hotel at
Greenwich and North Moore Streets in 2005. Next month, the 205-room
70 Park Avenue Hotel will re-open at the former
site of the 17-story Doral Park Avenue Hotel on East 38th Street
and Park Avenue. Macy’s and Madison Square Garden will see
a new neighbor; Hampton Inn Midtown Herald Square
is planned to debut at West 31st Street, between Sixth and Seventh
Later this fall, another Hampton Inn-Seaport/Financial
District will debut on Pearl Street, between Peck Slip
and Frankfurt Streets and next to the Brooklyn Bridge. In September,
the much-anticipated translucent opaque glass-wrapped Hotel
on Rivington Street, also known as Surface,
located on the Lower East Side between Essex and Ludlow, will open.
Construction will also begin on the Marriott Courtyard
on Park Avenue, between 124th and 125th Streets, and a
few blocks away, near the famed Apollo Theater, Starwood Hotels
is planning a W Hotel at the site of the former
Loew’s Victoria Theater. Renovations are now being completed
on the Westpark Hotel at 308 West 58th Street,
across from The Time Warner Center, and a luxury boutique hotel
called 6 Columbus Circle will feature a “nouveau”
Next year, another new addition to the happening scene on the Lower
Eastside will be Allen Street, complete with luxury
condos, a world class spa and a rooftop pool for frolicking a la “Sex
in the City.”
After short-lived but attention-getting stints at Local and Capitale,
Franklin Becker re-emerges just off the Tribeca Grand Hotel's Church
Lounge lobby, with his restaurant Trinity. The Asian-inflected
American menu is complete with assorted bonbons by New York's top
Brasserie LCB has reopened at 60 West 55th Street
and Master chef Jean-Jacques Rachou has transformed La Côte
Basque into a looser environment, hopefully attracting the faithful
as well as a younger crowd.
The Chrysler Center, at 155 East 42nd Street, is now home to Capital
Grille, the steakhouse chain based in Atlanta that features
soaring prismatic glass and metal supports designed by Philip Johnson
to reflect the architecture of the building.
Also taking Manhattan’s restaurant industry by storm is Reve,
located at 1347 Second Avenue at 71st Street, opened by Renaud LeRasle,
a former executive chef at the Russian Tea Room who was P. Diddy’s
personal chef. The restaurant features seasonal French cooking with
an Asian flair.
So many new wonderful shops, fantastic hotels and fabulous restaurants
– it is no wonder New York is called “the City that
never sleeps.” Happy autumn!