The absurdity and tragedy that are 2020 is coming to a close not a moment too soon, but retail leasing continues apace, from apparel to schools to a baseball flagship. Have a happy and healthy holiday season, and here’s to a more normal 2021.
All About Apparel & Accessories
Burlington Coat Factory has signed for 45,000 square feet at 2163 Tilden Avenue in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Maybe it’s all the Zoom calls, but fancy eyewear is clearly here to stay; Moscot has opened its first location on the Upper West Side at 188 Columbus Avenue. Leather brand Original Goose Country is opening its first brick-and-mortar location at 83 Rivington Street.
The Lower East Side gained another entertainment venue when Sour Mouse opened at 110 Delancey Street after a six-month delay due to the pandemic. The game hall houses five competition-standard ping pong tables, seven pool tables, shuffleboard and foosball, as well as a bar. (At press time, it was allowed to operate at 25% capacity, per city regulation.) The New Museum (231 Bowery) has reopened to the public, with three new exhibits running through the end of the year: “Peter Saul: Crime and Punishment,” “Jordan Casteel: Within Reach” and “Daiga Grantina: What Eats Around Itself.”
Organic Market Corp. has taken space on the ground floor of Building A in the La Central apartment community in the Bronx, offering organic produce, meats and groceries. The complex will eventually include five apartment buildings, a YMCA, a television and post-production studio, a green roof and a garden.
Wining & Dining
After testing a pop-up concept at the Rockefeller Ice Rink over the summer, chef Ignacio Mattos will open a restaurant at 1 Rockefeller Plaza. Caffè Lodi, an Italian café, bar and bakery will open early in 2021. Kyuramen will open its second ramen shop in New York City at 210 East 14th Street, following its U.S. debut in Flushing. The company has more than 125 units in its native Taiwan and Hong Kong. Expansion is planned in the U.S. Manousheh, which has been a headquarters for Lebanese cuisine in Greenwich Village. It should have opened its second branch at 403 Grand Street by the time you read this. The lease was signed more than a year ago, reports Bowery Boogie.
The owners of bistro Endswell plan a new pub for 71 Lafayette Street in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Look for Evil Twin Brewery to open at 45 Main Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Breweries clearly remain popular; Other Half Brewing will debut Other Half Domino Park, a production facility and taproom at 34 River Street in One South First, part of the redevelopment of the Domino Sugar facility. At press time, the bar was set to open this month. Pasta by Hudson, from Brandon Fay, will come to 180 Seventh Avenue.
Back to School
Brooklyn Global Prep, a language immersion school, has taken 10,000 square feet on the ground floor of The Oosten at 429 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg. The school, which will house about 100 students, will offer immersion classes in French and Mandarin for preschoolers to second-graders, reports Commercial Observer. Private school Spring Education Group has taken 34,500 square feet at 556 West 22nd Street. Zeta Charter School signed a 30-year lease for 1475 Macombs Road in the Highbridge section of the Bronx. (Private schools seem to be popular right now. These follow the signing in August of Basis Independent Brooklyn’s second campus, for 62,000 square feet at the City Point development downtown.)
Home Sweet Home
Custom framing store Make A Frame will relocate to a larger space at 137 Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, from its previous home down the street at 137 Atlantic. Think of this as the ultimate recycling: architectural salvage company Olde Good Things has opened a flagship showroom at 333 West 52nd Street with a design that includes salvaged items from some of New York’s most famous buildings.
By the Book
Bluestockings, a radical bookstore, fair trade café and activist center, will relocate to 116 Suffolk Street after closing its original location at 172 Allen Street over the summer. A secondhand bookstore (unnamed at press time) likely opened at 47 Orchard Street in late October.
Life Begins on Opening Day
Did you miss being in a stadium (Citi Field, for me) for a baseball game as much as I did this year? Major League Baseball is hoping so. It opened its Manhattan flagship store, with 10,000 square feet on two levels, at 1271 Avenue of the Americas just in time for the playoffs. Formerly the studio for SNY (the Mets’ television network), the space is operated by entertainment company Legends and carries the largest assortment of MLB merchandise in the world, including items from all 30 teams. It should get us through to spring training.
Debra Hazel Communications