Category Archives: Shopping

A Festive Weekend, Thanks to SantaCon

SantaCon revelers getting an early start

This Saturday was the first time I’ve actually felt really festive and ready for the holidays. I took the afternoon to go shopping on my own, and the city was hopping and happy.

While stopping for my post-workout coffee at the Starbucks on 93rd and Broadway, I ran into the festive trio at left, and that pretty much set the tone for my day. After making a comment about how that beard looked itchy, I learned that it was SantaCon yesterday, which is basically just a huge bar crawl requiring people to dress up like Santa. (During the course of the day I also saw several slutty Mrs. Claus’, elves, and even an abominable snowman. I’m totally doing SantaCon next year.) Continue reading

I Went to the New Upper West Side Century 21, And I (Barely) Lived to Tell the Tale

I have a rather shocking confession to make: I have never set foot in a Century 21 in my life. Yes, I’ve lived in New York for 10 years and am a self-proclaimed shopping guru, yet have never visited the hallowed halls of a Century 21 store.  I hope that doesn’t detract from my already fairly dubious credibility as an arbiter of style.

Here’s the thing–I hate so-called discount stores. Loehmann’s, TJ Maxx, Filene’s? They annoy me. I feel like I have to dig through heaps of stuff that no one else wanted to find something remotely interesting, only to discover it’s not THAT much cheaper. (Or…I’m a shopping snob. I can totally admit it.)

But with Century 21 opening right in my backyard, I had to check it out, so made the ridiculous decision to go this past Sunday. Yes. In the middle of the day. Now, I’ve heard all the legends about fighting over the last pair of size 5  Manolo Blahniks so I thought I was prepared for the craziness. No.

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Böc Moved From Columbus to Broadway

Gripping headline, no? Well, if you’re a shopper and treasure the few boutiques we have up here on the Upper West Side, you care about this. I was cabbing up Columbus earlier today and noted a big “Moving” sign in BOC’s window, but drove by too quickly to see where the new location was. I figured, “Oh, great, another shop moving downtown. Or to Brooklyn.”

But, no! Later in the day I was walking up Broadway and noticed a lot of activity in the storefront at 2191 Broadway (between 77th and 78th). The new BOC! Continue reading

Athleta Opening on 70th and Columbus: I’m Conflicted About This

Crain’s reported earlier this week that  Athleta would be opening its first NYC store in the old Lucky Jeans space on 70th and Columbus.  Athleta, which sells gym clothes, yoga gear, and swimwear, was recently purchased by the Gap. Gap just started opening  brick-and-mortar Athleta stores (it was previously a catalog/internet business).

It’s absolutely no surprise that they chose the Upper West Side for their first NYC venture, is it? Continue reading

Upper West Side: What’s New and What’s Closing

I  was all over the Upper West Side this weekend, which gave me the chance to check out what’s happening with the shopping situation up here. Last week, of course, the West Side Spirit reported that vintage clothing/kitsch store Allan and Suzi was shuttering its Upper West Side location after 23 years because of a rent increase, and will be re-locating downtown. (I’m going to admit now that I was only actually in there once and left because of a peculiar smell. I don’t like old stuff.)

Infinity Shoes, near 92nd and Broadway also rather abruptly just closed. Continue reading

If You’re Going To The Gap This Weekend, Bring This Coupon To Benefit Leukemia/Lymphoma Research

The Gap as a company is having lots of problems: They’re not making money, they’re not fashionable. OK, but I still find myself there buying things. I’m sure you do, too. Their jeans and pants still appeal to me, and they fit well.

If you’re planning to run into any of the Gap stores (which means Gap, Banana Republic, or Old Navy) this weekend, please print out this coupon and bring it with you. From March 17-20, you can get 30% off your purchases, but most importantly, 5% of sales will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

I’m not usually so serious in my posts here, but many of you know that I’m a pediatric nurse practitioner–most of my 15 years in this business has been spent in Pediatric Oncology. I’ve seen way too many kids die from these horrible diseases. So when an email from the LLS hit my inbox, I had to post it here.

I know there’s a lot going on in the world right now, but this is a small request: Just go shopping!

When The Hell Are They Going To Just Give Up And Condemn The Metro Theater?

I was wandering past the decrepit Metro Theater today (and no, a piece of tin from the overhang didn’t fall on me…for a change) and noticed that the door was open and some activity was going on inside. So I scooted over with my camera to check it out. No, OF COURSE, I didn’t trespass. I just stood on the sidewalk and shot in. Once you see the pictures, you’ll see why I didn’t go in–you’d be taking your life in your hands walking in there.

I’m still so intrigued by this drama. I reported in December that the theater was tentatively going to be a Galleria, complete with booths selling…stuff. DNA Info later shot that rumor down and reported in mid-December that a community activist was trying to raise money to make it a community arts center. Well, My Upper West side shot that rumor down at the beginning of February. Read it here.  So it looks like it may be an a) appliance store b) clothing store (hoping!) c) school (huh?!) d) health club e) bookstore (that’ll be short-lived).

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Drunk Shopping on the Upper West Side

Racked NY has a weekly feature on their site called  “Drunk Shopping” where they highlight a place you can have brunch and drink, then do serious damage to your credit card while your judgment is impaired after having too many all-you-can-drink mimosas.

This week’s was a guest post by Laura, who highlighted the Upper West Side as a destination. She starts off at the sangria bar at Calle Ocho (446 Columbus b/w 81st and 82nd) and hits such places as the Housing Works Thrift Shop (306 Columbus b/w 74th and 75th) and my all-time favorite beauty emporium, Space NK (211 Columbus, at 70th). Check out her tour here.

Cheers to you, Laura, and well done!

Holiday Shopping on the Upper West Side: One Woman’s Experience

MILo and I are both from Chicago, so we usually spend Christmas there.  I do a lot of my shopping online, but I still need to get things locally for the kids, MILo, and other random people. Being exceptionally time-crunched (and lazy), I always hit the UWS first, then branch out to scarier places. Like Fifth Avenue.

So I’ve been venturing out this week and would love to share some experiences with you.

Rag & Bone (182 Columbus, b/w 68th and 69th): If you need something tweedy, cozy, or very cool hit this shop. They carry  clothes for both men and women. David Neville and Marcus Wainwright, the designers of Rag & Bone, won the CFDA award this year for menswear. It’s amazing. And for the girls? Footwear (chunky boots), jackets, and sweaters. Yum.

Patagonia (426 Columbus b/w 80th and 81st):  I have to admit, it hurts my eyes a little bit to look at all the brightly colored nylon and fleece here. But certain people I know like functional clothing, so in I went. I can’t reveal what I got, but I can say this. DO NOT ask them for a gift box. They will look at you like you just chopped down 5 trees. Gift packaging is NOT GREEN. I slunk right out of there, clutching my non-reusable Starbucks cup. Continue reading

It Looks Like The Metro Theater May Finally Have A Tenant

Hello, Upper West Siders! I’m still here. Yay!

Thanks to MILo’s obsessive trolling of UWS real estate sites, I have this tidbit to bring you: The decrepit Metro Theater (2626 Broadway, b/w 99th and 100th) may finally have a tenant. According to the Besen Retail Leasing site, it will now be called the Galleria at Metro Theater. “Booths are available in The Galleria from 60-250 square feet for any use.”

Um. This worries me just a bit. While I’m desperately hoping for a Chelsea Market-esque land of cute boutiques, I’m fearing a dumpy flea market where I will be offered socks and incense.

Watching this one closely, people.

(Also, I’m happy to see that the previously vacant Rootchi store next to the Metro Theater has re-opened after a few months….as the Rootchi store again. I will get to the bottom of this peculiar leasing arrangement.)