This is our monthly recap of recent NYC news you might have missed during the last few weeks. Top of our list again this month is food and drink, real estate, and shopping, including a new Pearl River Mart and a new Target in Manhattan.
Pearl River Mart – The beloved supermarket of all things Asian, from food and kitchenware to fabrics and furniture, has re-opened at 395 Broadway at Walker St., a few blocks south of its longtime location. As we all know by now, a humongous rent increase (thank you, greedy Soho landlords) forced Pearl River Mart to close this past spring. The new location is officially a pop-up shop, open through the holidays, after which it will be remodeled for a more permanent setting. #PearlRiverIsBack.
Hot dog! Gray’s Papaya Re-Opens in Midtown – It’s tough to keep a good dog down, and Gray’s Papaya is one of the best dogs around, with fans devoted to its big flavor and small price. Gray’s was forced to close its midtown location in 2011, and its Greenwich Village location in 2014, both because of greedy landlords. That left only the original location at 72nd St. and Broadway. The word is Gray’s Papaya will open at 612 Eighth Ave., between 39th and 40th Streets, by the end of the year. That’s a Christmas and Hanukah present to all of us.
Targeting the West Side – Target is planning a 29,000-square-foot store at the base of a condo building under construction at 615 10th Ave. The location is expected to open by the summer of 2019. It will follow the chain’s so-called flexible format, tailoring goods to potential customers from the surrounding neighborhood. [New York Post]
Big Apple Circus Folds its Tent – After cancelling the fall/winter season, the popular circus has declared bankruptcy and is looking for a buyer. Let’s hope they find one and that the clowns and acrobats will be back in NYC soon. (Crain’s)
Mayor De Blasio’s $10 Million Legal Bill – It’s costing us taxpayers $10 million to defend Hizzoner and his staff from charges that they traded favors for political contributions. Also according to the New York Times, the legal fees were buried – or hidden – behind the lawsuit name “John Doe Investigation”.
$3 Subway Fare?- The price of regular subway rides could increase 4% next year, to $3, under a proposal from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The plan also would increase the MetroCard bonus. A second proposal would keep fares at $2.75 but decrease the bonuses. Both plans involve raising bus and commuter rail fares. [The Wall Street Journal]
See also our posting about news you might have missed last month.
If there is a NYC news headline you would like to see included in next month’s report, let us know. Email us at [email protected] with tips.