By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Harry’s painting, a large and upscale Italian specialty market and cafe—similar to Eataly in the Flatiron District—is now open at 235 Freedom Place South at Waterline Square (near 61st Street). Inspired by the vendors that make up traditional Italian street markets, the 28,000 square feet have counters and stations dedicated to different foods and drinks, including: “a coffee bar, an ice cream and pastry shop, a bar pizza shop, pasta lab, fish counter, Fossil Farms butcher, caviar bar, cheese and charcuterie department Cipriani, the hospitality company with event spaces in New York City, originated the concept and sells its own Cipriani-branded products in the market, as well as other local and imported products.” Our goal is to create a cuisine away from home for residents and the neighborhood, as well as an interesting and fun destination for visitors. “, said Guiseppe Cipriani, CEO of the family business.
(MALIN+GOETZ), the natural skincare and fragrance company, opened a new store at 72nd Street and Columbus, replacing the Swatch store. This is the company’s second location on the UWS – the existing store on the corner of Amsterdam and 82nd Street opened in 2009. Although (MALIN+GOETZ) has locations worldwide , it has its roots in Manhattan, first being in Chelsea in 2004. In addition to skin care products such as cleansers, toners, scrubs and moisturizers, the apothecary also sells shampoos, conditioners, hair styling products and candles. (Thanks to Dave for the tip.)
Columbus Park Shoe Repair on Columbus between 93rd and 94th Streets, which was established in 1980, is closing at the end of the month. “The landlord hasn’t accepted a new job for a few months because he was too busy, but unfortunately he says he’s closing shop because of the rent increases,” writes forecaster Adrienne. “It’s so unfortunate because there’s obviously a huge demand for the service.”
La Pecora Bianca, the Italian restaurant known for its pastas and pretty decor, opens in the large and important space at the corner of 77th Street and Columbus Avenue. It replaces the short-lived Mediterranean restaurant 8th Hill and, before that, Isabella’s, which was a UWS staple for decades before suddenly closing in 2017. All pasta at La Pecora Bianca is homemade, mostly with outside. whole grain and with gluten-free options, written Enthusiasm in a review of the Nomad site. It also has locations in Midtown, the Meatpacking District, Soho and Bryant Park.
StretchLab, a stretching studio that aims to improve posture, relieve pain and reduce stress, opens at 330 Columbus Ave at 75th Street in late August or early September. The studio will offer one-on-one stretching sessions with a trained “flexologist,” in addition to a few small group stretching classes. “Our trainers have over 100 hours of stretch training in addition to their fitness certifications,” owner Patrick McGeogh told the West Side Rag. StretchLab studios are franchised and individually owned. Founded in 2015, the company has locations in New Jersey, Westchester, Long Island and Forest Hills and also plans to open a new location on the Upper East Side.
Super Runners Shop opened at 395 Amsterdam Avenue, southeast corner of 79th Street, replacing Classic Kids Photography. For the past 37 years, the store was previously located a few blocks away at 360 Amsterdam between 77th and 78th Streets, manager Shawn Marcelle told WSR. “The upgrade was long overdue. Our new store is brighter, cleaner and has a nice corner with lots of light,” he said.