|New York City and The Hamptons
are heating up, and I'm not just referring to the summer
temperatures on our thermometers!
On both islands -- the isle of Manhattan and Long Island
-- shopping, traveling and dining have reached a feverish
pitch. Shoppers are walking on summer sunshine!
The economy is vibrant, retail sales are robust, tourists
are flocking to Manhattan and the return of luxury can be
seen everywhere. Here's a sampling of the dazzling retailers
that are making the dog days of summer just a little more
On the Golden Mile, Italian apparel group Magaschoni
opened at 36 East 60th, between Park and Madison. Another
Italy-based clothier, m0851, who sells cutting-edge
architectural inspired attire, has "designs" on occupying
the former Melanie de France store at 748 Madison Avenue,
next door to Buccellati's temporary boutique on the corner.
Roberta Freymann, accessories purveyor, moved
to the corner on 70th Street and Jonathon Adler,
English home-furnishings designer, opened at 1097 Madison
Avenue. London-based Rachel Riley is debuting
her tony flagship for tots at 1286 Madison Avenue. Chuckies
legendary boutique for glamorous shoes and accessories will
add panache at 1169 Madison Avenue.
On fabulous Fifth Avenue, Frederic Fekkai
Spa & Salon is moving its entire operation to Henri
Bendel, 712 Fifth Avenue, replacing Garren New York Salon.
Electronics giant Best Buy is bringing big
box to 529 Fifth Avenue. Kuhlman Company,
Anglo-American menswear, opened at 30 Rockefeller Center.
Nine West shoe boutique is also coming to
1258 Sixth Avenue.
In marvelous Midtown, Canadian transport Wedding
Things will debut at 1039 Third Avenue. Joon
New York, fine pen retailer, opened a new flagship
store at 795 Lexington Avenue. Spanish furniture designer
Gandia Blasco will be at East 59th Street,
on the corner across from Bloomingdale's.
The Shops at Columbus Circle are once again enhancing
the spectacular lineup. Esprit from San Francisco
opened another sportswear emporium at 10 Columbus Circle.
Journeys, contemporary shoes and clothing,
now has a concept store on the corner of 34th and Broadway
and Manhattan Mall will add Steve & Barry's University
Sportwear, at 6th Avenue and 33rd Street.
Aveda botanical spa products opened a new
shop in Grand Central.
This fall, the Flatiron District will be home to Ford
Models, moving from Soho to 111 Fifth Avenue. The
neighborhood will also see its first mini-sized Apple
store at 36 Fifth Avenue, between 18th and 19th Streets.
On the Lower East Side, Foley
& Corinna, vintage clothing and coveted labels from
California, will take up residence at 114 Stanton Street.
On the Upper West Side, Melia
Mills will open a swimwear boutique at 220 Columbus
Avenue. Chic Olive & Bette's is expanding
its shop at 252 Columbus Avenue.
In Chelsea, Parisian antiques
dealer Mantiques will be treasured at its
new West 22nd Street location, while Antonio Prieto,
salon-to-the-stars, opens on West 20th. Geoffrey Beene
will bring its stylish menswear to West 29th Street.
In Soho, Adidas Sport
Performance introduced its flagship at 610 Broadway.
Tokyo-based clothing Via Bus Stop will entice
shoppers at 172 Mercer. Yohji Yamamoto opened
a new New York showroom at 34 Spring Street. Calypso continues
to expand its empire, with the addition of newly opened
Calypso Home at 199 Lafayette, on corner of Broome
(not to be confused with nearby Calypso Christiane Celle,
number 424, Calypso Enfant, number 426, Calypso Outlet, number
405, and Calypso Vintage, number 407). Sabon,
handmade bath cosmetics from Israel, debuted at 93 Spring
Street, and Intermix will make its way to
Prince Street, between Mercer and Greene. Seven New
York, formerly on the Lower East Side, will reopen
at 110 Mercer Street, boasting eccentric high-end fashions.
Over in the Meatpacking District,
custom denim designer Earnest Cut & Sew will
take up shop at 821 Washington Street. Buckler's,
British men's gear, is relocating to 13 Gansevoort Street.
Luxury leather goods giant Longchamp will
open at 132 Spring and 124 Spring will be the home of menswear
retailer John Varatos' new shop. Greek
Mastic Spa will soothe the stressed when it opens
for business at 438 West Broadway, on Prince Street. Diesel
Kids will bring its up-to-the- minute threads to
416 West Broadway. Vermont-based snowboarding label Burton
will open at 106 Spring Street and DC Shoe Co.,
skate apparel, at 109-111 Spring. Spain-based Mango
is rumored to be coming to 578 Broadway this summer.
In Nolita, designer Rebecca
Romero will be on display at Maverick Boutique,
at 262 Mott Street. Phurniture Inc., a conglomerate
of three independent furniture dealers with designs from 1940s
to present, opened its doors at 8 Bond Street. NIKEiD
255 Studio, an exclusive by-appointment-only Nike
design boutique, will cater to shoppers at 255 Elizabeth.
In the West Village, Butik,
a Danish-inspired shop owned by Helena Christensen, unveils
at 605 Hudson Street. Australian handbag designer Crumpler
opened its second loca-tion at 49 Eighth Ave, at Horatio.
In the East Village, CoCo
& Delilah will bring trendy fashions to 115 St. Marks
Place. On the Lower East Side, Peggy Pardon,
vintage Edwardian and Victorian-era garb, opened at 158 Ludlow.
Do-it-yourselfers delight: The Financial
District could be home to the latest installation of
Home Depot. The potential site is 26 Broadway
and rumor has it that the company is also looking on the Upper
West Side. Daffy's, designer discounter,
will bring cheap chic to 50 Broadway.
Let's not forget all of the retail
activity seen by our neighbors to the East. The Hamptons
are hopping with a designer lineup. Scoop
is opening a quintessential beach boutique at 51 Newtown Lane
and Calypso Home store is also debuting on
Newtown Lane. The impressive Coach flagship
on 69 Main Street will satisfy and trend-driven Intermix
is nearby at 64 Main Street. J. Crew at the Beach
is at number 46, Main Street. Two Theory boutiques
are at 46 Newton Lane, East Hampton, and 60 Jobs Lane, Southampton.
The first alice + olivia store will be at
number 62 on the Circle. Dry cleaner to the stars Madame
Paulette will open an East End outpost. Harmont
& Blaine will bring luxury menswear from Naples to
Southampton, at 38 Jobs Lane. Pampered pooches will be kept
in their usual style as Hampton Hound opens
at 2485 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton. Alas, we shed a tear
for the nostalgic closing of the Plaza Hotel but optimistic
as always, we look toward the future! The eternally expanding
city of New York puts out the welcome mat for new hotels.
Luckily, not every developer purchasing
a hotel is converting it into condominiums. Highgate Holdings
purchased the Park Central Hotel on Seventh
Avenue between 55th and 56th Street and will keep the property
as a hotel. Highgate Holdings and the Carlyle Group have purchased
the Crowne Plaza United Nations on Second
Avenue at 42nd Street and will keep it as a hotel. The
Essex House at 160 Central Park South is on the market
and rumor has it that it too will remain a hotel. The famed
Algonquin at 44th Street between Fifth and
Sixth Avenue is up for sale and will keep travelers happy
as a hotel.
Developer Richard Born has three new
hotel projects in the city -- a boutique hotel on Greenwich
Street in Tribeca, another on Third Street and the Bowery
and a budget hotel on 51st and Second Avenue. Sam Chang has
five hotels under construction east of Canal Street, as well
as a boutique hotel in Union Square and a more cost conscious
hotel on 35th Street and Fifth Avenue. Two new affordable
boutique hotels have also already opened their doors: Andre
Balaz's Hotel, the ultramodern QT at 125
W. 45th Street and the Blue Moon Hotel, with
its cheap chic, at 100 Orchard Street.
Large hotels are predicted to open
near the Javits Center and in the rezoned Hudson Yards in
the near future. The hotel industry is ever expanding and
replacing conversions; travelers can breathe easy, Eloise
will find new digs...
Hot time to dine, summer in the city!
Food is the new fashion and what to wear and where to dine
preoccupy the minds of New York natives and visitors alike,
including those who choose to spend the lazy days of summer
in the ever-elite Hamptons.
Just in time for the summer rush,
Manhattan will offer an exciting array of culinary pleasures
designed to please even the most discriminating palates. Smorgas
Chef, the Scandinavian café, has opened a branch
at 924 Second Avenue, at 49th Street. Frederick's
on Madison, boasting delectable Mediterranean cuisine,
has opened at 768 Madison. Ludo opened at
42 East First Street, replacing Chez Es Saada with a multi-ethnic
menu. Celebrity chef David Bouley has finally opened Bouley
Bakery & Market, the one-stop shopping for foodies
at 130 West Broadway.
Geoffrey Zakarian will open an American-style
restaurant -- Country -- in the Hotel Carlton,
22 East 29th Street. Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery
is debuting on the third floor at The Shops at Columbus Circle.
Chef Keller will also open a café on the third floor to cater
to the swarms of shoppers that visit the retail stores each
day. Charlie Trotter's seafood brasserie will also open on
the third floor, giving visitors plenty of great eats to choose
Dave & Busters will
combine food and fun when it opens its largest U.S. restaurant
ever in Times Square, at 234 West 42nd Street. Peacock
Alley will reopen in the Waldorf-Astoria. Au
Coin Du Feu, a restaurant evoking the feel of the
French Riviera, has opened at 222 Lafayette Street, offering
dishes like sea bass in pastis sauce and rack of lamb with
goat cheese. Park Blue, 158 West 58th Street,
features small plates and prestigious wines. Nobu
57, on two levels at 40 West 57th Street, will have
a robata grill and water-inspired design elements.
Gusto has opened
at 60 Greenwich Avenue with black-and-white decor inspired
by old Italian films. Paris Match has taken
the former Ferrier space at 29 East 65th Street and fea-tures
a unique blend of French and sushi.
Those heading out to the Hamptons
will still have plenty of reasons to eat drink and be merry!
The Hamptons is not only delighting Manhattanites with stellar
new shopping by the sand, but also tempting their tastebuds.
Owners of Bridgehampton favorite Almond are expand- ing with
a new restaurant and lounge called Almondito,
290 Montauk Highway, Wainscott in the former Capri Space.
Ed "Jean-Luc" Kleefield's third Hamptons restaurant is set
to open in the former Belles East space; Madame Tong's
at JL Beach Club will bring Pan-Asian flair at 256
Elm Street in Southampton.
The old Post House is now home to
Nello Summertime, located at 136 Main Street
in picturesque Southampton. Citarella owner Joe Gurrera has
taken over the Red Horse Market, unveiling Tutto Italiano
at 74 Montauk Highway, marrying East Hampton with a classic
Increases in New York tourism have
meant a boost in business, with restaurateurs and retailers
-- and the food fanciers and shopa-holics that frequent these
establishments -- reaping the benefits. Dining at glamorous
restaurants and donning the finest designer clothing is all
the rage. So, whether you hop a subway to Soho or a jitney
to the Hamptons, the plethora of dynamite dining and superb
shopping available will be sure to satisfy.
Enjoy the summer!