|It's official – Spring
has Sprung! Stores are decked out with pastel-colored
décor, and change and rebirth are all around us.
Out with the old, in with the new.
Manhattan is also undergoing a change of season. New stores
are opening with every passing day, existing shops are expanding
in an effort to keep up with their neighbors and others are
relocating to the next up-and-coming neighborhood. The luxury
retail sector is robust as ever and the proof can be found
in the overwhelming number of chic retailers still charging
into New York.
Here’s a summary to
keep you up to date with the changes, just in time for the
warmer weather and another fabulous season of shopping:
On fabulous Fifth Avenue, Cornelia Boutique,
nestled in the new Cornelia Spa in lush 663 Fifth Avenue above
Ferragamo, made its debut offering exclusive home designs
and accessories. South Korean global cosmetics shop Missha
plans to open an emporium at 516 Fifth Avenue.
On Madison Avenue, dazzling
David Webb jeweler made a hop to the Golden
Mile, taking up residency at 789 Madison. Children's clothier
Catimini, from Italy, is reopening its boutique
at 1125 Madison Avenue. Giorgio Armani has
expanded its flagship store at 762 Madison Avenue into a neighboring
townhouse. Jeweler Judith Ripka debuts at
777 Madison Avenue. Custom Italian footwear retailer Tupli
will have a boutique at 780 Madison Avenue. French children's
designer Jacadi is rumored to be opening
a second shop on the Avenue, near Georg Jensen. Bally
of Switzerland will temporarily move from 628 Madison
Avenue, around the corner to the former Swatch shop at 5 East
57th Street while renovating.
The Shops at Columbus Circle
will now be home to Design Within Reach, which
sells contemporary furniture from San Francisco.
On the Upper East Side, Bermingham + Co.,
curators of European antiques, can now be found on East 60th
Street at Lexington Avenue.
Turtle Bay, home superstore Gracious Home
will be unveiled on 34th Street, between First and Second
The Upper West Side is home
to Custo Barcelona's second store at 240
Cantaloup: Destination Denim
sports downtown labels at a new location on Second Avenue.
Mac gurus rejoice! Apple
will open its second tech boutique in the Flatiron district,
location to be announced.
In Union Square, specialty
food stores will go head-to-head as Trader Joe's
plans a New York City flagship, exact site to be announced,
only blocks away from where Whole Foods will
unveil its new store. Cosmetics superstar retailer Sephora
will open at 200 Park Avenue South.
In Chelsea, bridal emporium
Kleinfeld will open at 19th Street, at 6th
In the ultra-chic West Village,
perfumerie Bond No. 9 will open its fourth
boutique in Manhattan at 399 Bleecker Street, neighbors to
Marc Jacobs, Cynthia Rowley and a pair of Ralph Laurens.
Sizzing Soho will
be home to a spectacular flagship for gourmet kitchenware
retailer Sur La Table, set to open in July
at 75 Spring Street. Brigitte NYC, at 63
Crosby Street, near Spring Street, will showcase owner-designer
Brigitte Vosse's handmade ready-to-wear. James Perse,
t-shirt guru to the stars, is opening at 411 Bleecker Street
in the former Paris Commune space. Design firm and urban utilitarian
clothing retailer Operations will open its
first retail store at 451 Broome Street. Brella Bar's
high-end umbrella boutique is now at 248 Elizabeth Street.
Luxe customized clothing creator 7 Mercer-DDX Spx
is obviously at 7 Mercer and rumor has it that Abercrombie
& Fitch will open a 'theme' store in the area
to add to the luxury line-up. Celebrities celebrate; Frederic
Fekkai will soon open a new location on West Broadway.
69 Spring Street is the second location for Pylones,
featuring innovative gifts from France. Mexx
is leaving its home in Union Square for a boutique adjacent
to Bloomingdale’s at 500 Broadway. Calypso Vintage
has unveiled its fourth store at 407 Broome Street. L'Artisan
Perfumeur, from Paris, is opening its first freestanding
U.S. Store at 68 Thompson Street.
In Greenwich Village, London
based Eskander opened on Fifth Avenue at
In Nolita, Fashion/Plate
NYC -- at 264 Elizabeth Street -- mixes
trendy shopping and dining.
Tribeca will be a temporary
home to Trunkt.com at 333 Greenwich Street,
where a collective group of trendy accessories, home and apparel
designers will sell stunning pieces that can not be found
in traditional shops.
Down in the Meatpacking District,
Charles Nolan is opening a boutique at 30
Gansevoort Street featuring decadent furniture and elegant
clothing. Massimo Bizzocchi, Italian multi-brand
mega-store, will be neighbor to Stella McCartney and Alexander
McQueen. Luxury clothing emporium B8 Couture
from Paris is at 27 Little West 12th Street.
Perfectly positioned in the Financial
District, Hickey Freeman will sell tailored
clothing, furnishings and sportswear for well-heeled boys
and men at 111 Broadway, in the Trinity Building.
With the current restaurant economy
skyrocketing, this spring's crop of new restaurants runs the
gamut. Successful restaurants are spinning off carbon copies
of themselves while others are taking up fancy new digs. Restaurateurs
reveal that New Yorkers are dining out more than ever, spending
more and drinking better wine. Enjoy and indulge in this potpourri
of culinary delights. Arlene Weston opens an uptown branch
in West Harlem of the Caribbean/Southern restaurant Maroons.
Bobby Flay has taken over the former Judson Grill on West
52nd Street and renamed it Bar Americain.
Laurent Tourondel's BLT trademark will find its third location
on East 22nd in the former space of Union Pacific, to be called
BLT Meat. Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen
Starr is opening a Japanese restaurant called Morimoto
in the Chelsea Market and KOI will open in
the Bryant Park Hotel. Craft Bar will move
to new and larger quarters at 900 Broadway and the existing
Craft Bar will become a private dining room. Tom Colicchio
will also open another of his gourmet sandwich shops, Wichcraft,
in Tribeca and will take over kiosks in Bryant Park. Mega-sushi
restaurant Megu will open a branch in Trump World Tower in
the spring. Times Square will be home to Belgian BXL
Café at 125 West 43rd Street.
Sheldon Fireman will open at Bond 45, 154
West 45th Street, and will have the look of a well-aged brasserie.
Liz Arana and Eran Shahaf have opened Alexandra
at 455 Hudson Street, a cozy bistro serving American fare.
Dinner served at a table or in bed is the concept at Duvet,
45 West 21st Street, which offers an eclectic menu. Gari Sugio,
owner of the famed Sushi of Gari on the Upper East Side, has
opened Gari at 370 Columbus Avenue. Sandia,
a Latino spot, has opened at 111 West 17th Street. Li-Lac
Chocolates has moved from Christopher Street to 40
Eighth Avenue. New American Cuisine with global influences,
including a rotating tasting menu to highlight ethnic cuisine
from around the world, Colors, by the former
Windows of the World owners, will open at 178 Second Avenue.
Donatella Arpaia, a partner of Davidburke + Donatella has
opened an intimate Puglia-region food restaurant named Ama
at 48 MacDougal Street. Restaurateur Sirio Maccioni will be
building the new Le Cirque Café in
the Bloomberg Building at 731 Lexington Avenue, between 58th
and 59th. Belgian-owned Le Pain Quotidien
will open its tenth eatery across the street from Lincoln
Center, at 1930 Broadway. Sarabeth Levine will have a new
Sarabeth's restaurant at 40 Central Park
South in the former Atlas space.
When we last left off, we reported
that the conversion and closing of hotels including the Plaza,
Mayflower, Olcott, Regent Wall Street, Intercontinental, Sheraton
Russell, and Empire left the city with a loss of about 3,000
rooms that were converted to residential condominiums. The
combination of the reduction in hotel rooms and limited supply
of land for development in Midtown has resulted in new construction
in “fringe” areas in all four boroughs to compensate.
Ground has been broken for Harlem Park, an
office, retail, hotel and residential development to be constructed
at 1800 Park Avenue at 125th Street. This will include a 222-unit
Marriott Courtyard. A few blocks away in
Central Harlem, 233 West 125th Street, a team of developers
are planning to use the site as a mixed-use hotel, residential,
entertainment and retail space. The combination of these sites
would add about 400 rooms back to Upper Manhattan. On First
Avenue and East 92nd Street, First Avenue Tower, a rental
apartment building, will be built with an adjacent Marriot
Courtyard Hotel. On the Far West Side, an Asian developer
plans to construct two hotels. He also purchased another site
in the East Village and Union Square to build another small
hotel. His company is working on developments in SoHo, West
45th Street, off Fifth Avenue, and West 28th Street. A new
Hampton Inn will be on West 31st Street.
In a former tenement building at 100 Orchard Street, across
from the Lower East Tenement Museum, will rise the 22-room
Blue Moon Hotel. Hotels are being built throughout
the city with the possibility of a hotel in the Bronx at a
site near the proposed new Yankee Stadium. Supply and demand,
New York City hotel developers have become quite creative!
So don your cheery, colorful Spring
raincoats, and bring an umbrella along for good measure. Manhattan
has plenty to offer in the next few months for those who love