Open and Shut: You Must Buy These Princess Baby Bling Shoes

by - May 17, 2010 at 2:27 am -

Even as businesses continue to close down, new dreamers (including people from Brooklyn!) think they can make it here. This month, the casualties include a plant store, a restaurant, a coffee shop and a chocolate shop. But lots of exciting businesses and public spaces are opening up too.

Energy Kitchen
A new healthy-ish food market (they still serve burgers!) is coming to 142 West 72nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues at the site of the old Natural Food Market. Energy Kitchen says it serves nothing that’s over 500 calories.

The gelato chain has opened a new store on 58th Street and Broadway. On May 7, opening day, the store gave away free gelato, but now you’ll have to pay for it. (via The Real Deal)

Argo Tea
Two doors down from the new Grom  is a new Argo Tea Cafe at 1792 Broadway, the fourth location in New York. Argo serves a wide and eclectic assortment of teas, including mint tea with chewy pieces of aloe in it. (via The Real Deal)

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Hudson River Greenway Riverwalk
In a ceremony on May 20 at 11:30 a.m., the city will unveil the final leg of the Hudson River Greenway starting at 83rd Street and ending at 92nd Street, which we wrote about a couple of weeks ago. It is the last piece of the puzzle connecting Battery Park City and the George Washington Bridge along the Hudson.

Area Kids
A new kids’ store is opening up on Amsterdam Avenue between 81st and 82nd Streets. The Brooklyn-based chain touts its locally made and eco-friendly products on its website. This will be the company’s first Manhattan store. We’ll just have to see if it can it compete with the new Giggle just a few blocks away. (via My Upper West)

The owners  of the former pizza/mac n’ cheese mashup Pinch & S’mac (see below) are opening a new Italian restaurant called Grandma’s on Columbus Avenue between 82nd and 83rd Streets.

Stoopher & Boots
A new gift shop/children’s store is opening up on Amsterdam between 78th and 79th Street. According to its website, it looks like a store for kids (and parents) with a flamboyant streak. Check out the Swarovski Baby Bling Converse princess sneakers ($98). (via My Upper West)

public fare
Public Fare
Danny Meyer’s summertime cafe at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park just South of the Great Lawn is open and serving sandwiches and salads. Alcoholic drinks are supposedly coming soon too.

Le Pain Quotidien
The new cafe just North of Sheep Meadow opened on Saturday, serving sandwiches, baked goods and drinks. Starting in late June, the restaurant will also serve vegetarian dinners.

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Lincoln Center’s Tilted Lawn
On May 21, Lincoln Center will open its new lawn just off 65th Street to the public. The lawn sits atop a restaurant that is still being constructed. Read more about it here.

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Gotham Gardens
The flower and plant store on Amsterdam Avenue between 75th and 76th Streets is closing, and operating out of a loft for the time being. They can still be reached at their old number to do flower arrangements.

The quaint little cafe that opened just a couple of months ago on 72nd Street between West End Avenue and Broadway has already closed (thanks to tipster Adrienne)

Pinch & S’mac
Maybe pizza and mac n’ cheese were never meant to go together. The restaurant on Columbus between 82nd and 83rd  closed its doors earlier this month and will make way for Grandma’s.

The chocolatier’s windows on Columbus Avenue between 71st and 72nd Streets are papered over and the inside is completely bare. Either this is a very extensive renovation (with no notice to customers on the door or the store’s answering machine), or the store is vacant. We have a call in and will update if the store is in fact not closed.

Did you notice a new business, or see one that’s closing? Let us know! Check out our previous Open and Shut columns.

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  1. Me says...

    There is going to be a new Ollie’s take out place on Broadway between 89 and 90th.