There’s only one thing more
divine than “Paris in the
Springtime” -- “Autumn in New
York.” No, I’m not talking about
the movie or the Frank Sinatra
song by the same name,
although I do believe the crooner
got it right when he called New
York exciting and inviting.
The fall is full of promise. It’s a
time for transformation, whether
it be back to school shopping or
“turning over a new leaf.”
In fact, change is a constant in
our great city and as the leaves
begin to turn, shoppers don their
cashmere and step happily to the
beat of a new season; new boutiques
to explore, new spas to
indulge and delightful dining. Fall
is upon us!
Here’s a glimpse at some of the
wonderful shopping ahead:
On magnificent Madison Avenue, Ralph Lauren Eyewear
will expand the kingdom with its first freestanding optical
boutique at 811 Madison Avenue. Claudia Ciuti,
purveyor of fine Italian footwear, opened its first store
at 955 Madison Avenue and Porsche Design
flagship is making its way into the GM Building, at 59th and
Madison. Kuhlman Company’s European menswear
is adding two locations, one on the Golden Mile, at 444 Madison
Avenue, and another at 96 Grand Street in Soho. Europeans
continue to flock to New York, with Victor Hugo,
Brazilian accessories, debuting his first U.S. boutique at
520 Madison Avenue. Landau, known for its
fine costume jewelry, is replacing Ruco Line at 794 Madison
Avenue and Madura Paris, contemporary home
décor, is expanding here, heading from Boston to Carnegie
Hill with its new Madison Avenue location, at 86th Street.
The shopping scene on Fifth Avenue is just as fabulous, thanks
to some enticing new additions. Footwear retailer Journeys
and milliner Lids will open adjacent storefronts
at 590 Fifth Avenue, near Rockefeller Center.
Soho is certainly seeing its share of new retailers as well.
Ben Sherman, an upscale British lifestyle
brand, plans to make his way to the neighborhood with a 5,000-square-foot
location in “the heart of Soho” – exact address to be determined
– next March. Ted Baker London opened a women’s
wear store at 107 Grand Street and Helen Wang,
home furnishings, jewelry, women's and men’s eveningwear,
has made 69 Mercer Street her new home. Montreal based Parasuco
Jeans, renowned for fashion forward style, will open
a new flagship on the corner of Spring and Lafayette. It’s
fun and games for Poker Room at its newly
opened boutique, retailing all things games, at 108 Wooster
Street. Cappellini, the Italian powerhouse
furniture design company, enters the U.S. with its first American
store at 152 Wooster Street. NYC Velo pleases
avid cyclists by taking biking to the next level with its
shop, which recently opened its doors for business, at 64
Second Avenue at 4th Street. For those in the family way,
San Francisco-based “new parent emporium” Giggle
will delight this fall at 120 Wooster Street. Another autumn
arrival is Spanish accessories retailer Tous,
which debuts at 109 Greene Street. Swede import Dunderdon,
known for its functional, yet fashionable denim designs, opens
a U.S. flagship in the heart of the “Denim Corridor” at 270
Lafayette. Min-K will offer its feminine
vintageinspired frocks at 219 Mott Street. Oakley
also opened a new flagship at 113 Prince Street, offering
its signature eyewear, apparel and footwear. Satellite,
a Parisian jewelry designer, will bring breathtaking jewels
to 412 West Broadway. Celo, women’s apparel
from Milan, is joining Laundry and Patagonia one door away
from Chanel at 100 Wooster Street. Taschen,
the world’s leading illustrated book publisher, will make
Soho smarter with its first New York store at 107 Greene St.
Equinox Fitness Clubs will open a three-level
“mega gym” at 568 Broadway. For those who enjoy the good life,
The Classic Car Club Manhattan, a members-only
group for men and women who love to drive phenomenal cars,
recently opened its doors at 250 Hudson, featuring a clubroom
and spacious garage.
Over in the West Village, Selima Salaun,
celebrity eyewear, opens its ninth store at 357 Bleecker Street.
Bellydance Maternity will also debut its
first New York boutique, offering stylish fashions for the
mother-to-be, at 548 Hudson Street.
The East Village is equally active when it comes to retail.
Giant Robot New York, a shop and art gallery,
opened at 437 East 9th Street, offering a cool selection of
toys books and clothes. John Derian Dry Goods
introduced another shop steps away from the original, selling
fine bedding, linens and clothes at 10 East Second Street.
Underdog East, a loungey men’s shop housing
classic threads with a modern twist, surprises at 117 East
In fashionable Flatiron, Journeys,
contemporary footwear and accessories, will also open in Union
Square at 28 East 14th Street, joining Whole Foods, Forever
21, American Eagle, Trader Joe’s, DSW Shoes, Filene’s Basement
and Sephora. H & M will take over the former
Daffy’s space at 111 Fifth Avenue, making this its eighth
store in New York City. BCBG Max Azria has
found a new home for its third Manhattan store and will open
in Chelsea has charmed American Apparel,
which will open another t-shirt mecca at 181 Eighth Avenue.
Over in the Meatpacking District,
ladies will love Rebecca and Drew's for its
flattering women's shirts, at 342 W. 13th Street.
In Nolita, Homer,
a high-end furniture and accessories shop on Madison Avenue,
has opened an outlet where everything is discounted. Shoppers
can enjoy the savings when they visit the 250 Elizabeth Street
location. Ralph Lauren will also open a Double RL
store at 31 Prince Street.
Over on the Lower East Side, Superdeluxe
will bring its quirky pop designs to 187 Chrystie Street.
In marvelous Midtown, dynamic new
names delight. Fine Jewelry by Jerry Cohen,
formerly known as Cipriani Jewelry and located within The
Savoy, will open in Trump Plaza, at Third Avenue between 61st
and 62nd Streets. Amore De Hair salon will
open at 1050 Third Avenue, replacing Bati next to Spring Flowers
on Third Avenue. Bridge Kitchenware, a gourmet
chef's paradise, relocated to 711 Third Avenue. Charles
Tyrwhitt, England’s shirtmaker, will have its second
New York City shop at Rockefeller Center West. Bloomberg Tower
will be home to a moderately priced sportswear emporium --
New York & Company -- and jewelry chain Zales
on the western corner of 715 Lexington Avenue. Laila
Rowe accessories opened its 21st location at 1375
Sixth Avenue, between 55th and 56th Streets. Parisian Brella
Bar opened at 1041 Third Avenue, showcasing only
the most elegant umbrellas, parasols, walking sticks and accessories
just steps from Bloomies.
Over on the Upper West Side, Plaza
Too will carry shoes, handbags and jewelry in its
new 2231 Broadway store, while Big Mix Outlet
will sell trendy overstock at discounted prices at 2186 Broadway.
Buttercup Bake Shop will satisfy with its
delightful confections at 141 West 72nd Street.
Expanding in the ever-bustling Financial
District is fashionable discounter Century 21,
which is making its already gigantic store even bigger and
better. The National Sports Museum plans
to open in 2006 at 25 Broadway, a few blocks from the Statue
of Liberty ferry and the World Trade Center memorial site.
The New York Sports Clubs is getting into
the act, installing a 22,206-foot fitness center at 225 Varick
Street, in Hudson Square.
And, although an exact address has
yet to be determined, Christian Lacroix is
fast zeroing in on a New York space for his U.S. flagship.
If trendy clothing and accessories leave you
longing to see and be seen, the place to head
is to one of the hip new restaurants opening
here in the city. This fall, restaurateurs are
opening fine eateries at a dizzying pace. This
season the concepts run the gamut and one
thing is for sure -- they are all newsworthy.
Here's an “A to Z” of where to make reservations
and which are worth the wait.
A former honcho of the Luca Luca fashion
house opens his own Italian-Mediterranean restaurant, Ribot,
at 780 Third Avenue at 48th Street. Its executive chef, Patrick
Woodside, was the original chef at ultra hip CameJe on MacDougal
Upper West Side sushi restaurant Haku,
located at 2425 Broadway, is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood,
offering a creative and fresh dining experience at a lower
Young Choi brings her nouveau Korean
cuisine to Hell’s Kitchen with Bann, do-it-yourself
Korean barbecue, at 350 West 50th Street.
Cambalache, 406 East
64th Street, brings Argentinean food into an intimate space
divided into a lounge, a dining room and a back patio.
In the vast Times Square space that
was once Charley O’s is now Bolzano’s Bar Cucina
at Shubert Alley and 45th Street, serving Italian classics.
Ben & Jack’s is a new steakhouse at 219 East
44th Street, owned by former Peter Luger employees.
Chef Keith Harry of Chanterelle offers
Mexican fare at Diablo Royale, 189 West 10th
Street between Bleecker and West 4th.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s new Perry
St., at 176 Perry Street, is a 60-seat restaurant
in one of Richard Meier’s glass towers.
Fresh seafood dishes are served at
Tides -- 102 Norfolk Street -- at Delancy
Hand selected fish, fresh daily, is
served at Turquoise, where the entire décor
is blue, at 240 East 81st Street.
Hand in hand with our favorite pastime,
202, at 75 Ninth Avenue, is a café nestled
in Nicole Farhi’s new store at the Chelsea Market. Also in
Chelsea Market, Stephen Starr plans to open a branch of his
Philadelphia restaurant Buddakan in the fall
with Michael Schulson as chef.
Sascha Lyon, formerly of Daniel, Balthazar
and Pastis, will open Sascha at 55-61 Gansevoort
Street this fall with a café, bakery and dining room.
Amy Sacco, queen of the New York City
nightlife, has opened her European grill, Bette,
at 461 West 23rd Street.
For those whose idea of relaxing involves more
than just a good meal, Manhattan’s new spas
will surely do the trick. The influx of new spas
debuting in our hectic city proves we are in need
of tranquility. Rest assured, no other city can
combine the need for stress relief and superluxury
like New York! Spa-going is the fourthlargest
leisure activity and was an $11.2 billion
industry in 2004, with the loyal spa-goer visiting
the spa an average of 140 times per year.
The new concept is the “urban
spa,” which by definition is the
ultra high-end luxurious day spa,
with elegant interior design
infused with “city chic” and
elaborate treatments befitting a
The Cornelia Day Resort
fills the niche for pampering the elite. This posh piece of
heaven is 22,000 square feet at 663 Fifth Avenue in Midtown,
and offers spectacular treatments to please even the most
seasoned spagoer. A café, hair and beauty salon, boutique,
and a watsu pool are guaranteed to leave one feeling tranquil
and pampered beyond their wildest dreams.
Shizuka New York
relocated to 7 West 51st Street near Fifth Avenue, offering
Japanese skin care services beyond what is offered in a traditional
At long last, the seven-floors-of-luxury
at Core Club will debut at 66 East 55th Street.
This not only offers a spa but much more….The concept is an
elite, members only club, offering the highest level of customer
service and featuring a bar, indoor and outdoor dining areas
with a menu by Craft chef Tom Colicchio, a movie theater,
a library, a gym and sauna and six hotel-like relaxation suites.
In the Flatiron District, 260 Fifth
Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets, is the recently opened
Ohm Spa. This is a massage haven designed
to focus more on health than beauty by achieving the balance
between comfort and healing, which is prevalently found in
Le Petit Spa has
opened its second location at 900 Second Avenue, one block
from the United Nations and has partnered with men’s grooming
brand E. Shave, in order to appeal to and pamper male clientele.
New hotels are also in high demand. It is
reported that tourists are flying into New York
and staying in its hotels in record numbers as
the hotel-occupancy rate, normally hovering
around 80 percent in New York City, has
reached 90.4 percent – was the highest ever
for the summer!
Let’s play “musical hotel rooms!” The debate is
on and seems to be heating up by the minute!
Here’s an overview of our current hotel
In July, the Sutton Hotel
closed its doors, and 84 rooms, after it was sold to Alchemy
Also in July, the Melrose
Hotel New York at 140 E. 63rd Street closed its doors
and 306 rooms.
Even the Essex House Hotel
felt the heat. It was sold to the Dubai Investment Group recently,
closing 605 rooms.
The Stanhope Hotel,
995 Fifth Avenue, was sold to Extell Development closing 185
The nostalgic closing of the Plaza
Hotel also left a hole in the heart of New York’s
residents and visitors, many of whom have one less fabulous
place to sleep in the City that never does.
All of these are charming
hotels are to be converted to
luxury condominiums. How
delightful for developers but
where are the tourists to lay
their weary heads?
In come revolutionary ideas for maximizing
space. Take for example the Pickwick Arms Hotel
on East 51st Street between Second and Third Avenues. This
hotel is being completely renovated but leaving the rooms
small, designing some with bunk beds and some with bathrooms
down the hall. This may not seem inviting; however the spaces
are being equipped with technology, flat screen televisions,
iPod docks and minibars, thus keeping the number of rooms
intact but yet supremely modern. Are these rooms the spaceships
of the future?
Another approach is locational alterations;
budget hotels are popping up on the West Side in the re-zoned
Hudson Yards neighborhood. An 80- room Comfort Inn
at 305 W. 39th Street, a 92-room Wingate Inn
at 235 W. 35th Street and a 40-room Howard Johnson
at 449 W. 36th Street lead the trend. Here, the concept is
boutique hotels sprouting up in unexpected areas. The traditional
hotel geography has shifted. The Midtown area between Third
and Sixth Avenues has been overbuilt, allowing for the recent
buzz of activity in less developed areas such as the Lower
East Side, Chinatown, Harlem and the far West Side. The Chinese
fast food company Wok and Roll Restaurant Group is building
a 120-room hotel at 231 Grand Street and 54 Canal Street will
be the site of a 158-room hotel.
Additional new hotel information includes the
successful 2 Gold Street apartment tower, soon to
have two new neighboring projects: a second
apartment building on the southeast corner and a
416-room hotel on the northeast corner. This will
all be on a block between Maiden Lane, Pearl, Platt
and Gold Streets -- practically on Wall Street.
As hotel business is absolutely booming, rooms
are fast and furiously morphing into condos. Hotel
investors are hot on the trail looking for properties
to buy and developers are seeking sites to build
and convert new hotels and existing buildings. The
number is in and sources say that more than 2,000
hotel rooms have been lost to conversion over the
last few years. Richard Born, who is building with
Robert DeNiro at Greenwich and North Moore
Street, will create 93 rooms with very large upscale
suites. Another construction project is taking place
at Bowery and Third Street, adding 140 rooms into
the mix. McSam Hotels expects that tourists would
like moderately priced hotels in downtown locations.
Their recently acquired property at 76 East
13th Street near Union Square, for example, will
have a hotel built over an existing two-story structure.
However, the question still remains -- Will a
big convention hotel be built on the Far West Side
in association with an expansion of the Javits
Center, quite possibly adding around 1,500
To satisfy the savvy customer, owners
of properties in less glamorous locations like Eighth Avenue
in Midtown are upgrading. Howard Johnson is going to be a
Hampton Inn and Days Inn will become a Hilton
Garden. The gentrification of the East Village continues
with a luxury property from hotelier Greg Peck of the Crescent
Beverly Hills in Los Angeles. His Cooper Square
will be located where Third and Fourth Avenues merge, blocks
away from the ultra-chic Mercer Hotel, in what was once a
residential building for a 2007 completion. It is cited to
be the “downtown Four Seasons.”
With such conversion rampant, some
speculations have been incorrect, and some rumored soon-to-be
condos never do come to fruition. As an example, The
Park Avenue Regency Hotel is remaining just that,
despite several reports to the contrary.
Autumn in New York… Why does it seem so
exciting, so inviting? Magnificent new stores,
restaurants, spas and hotels could very well be
the answer. So take advantage of all the city
has to offer and shop ‘til you drop this fall!