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West Chelsea

  1. Lisa Spellman’s 303 Gallery Moving to Norman Foster High-Rise Respected gallery, now in a fancy condo tower. A tale of the evolution of West Chelsea.
  2. Openings
    One Group Slips Into BED, Plans Rooftop RestaurantThe West Chelsea space that once held BED has come back to life.
  3. Closings
    After Nearly a Decade, Son Cubano Will Leave Meatpacking for ChelseaThe meatpacking mojito destination has taken the former Cain space.
  4. Openings
    What to Eat at Colicchio & Sons, Now Serving Capon ‘Pot au Feu’Tom Colicchio returns to the kitchen with his remake of Craftsteak.
  5. Slideshow
    First Look at Amnesia: A Little Bit of ‘Jersey Shore’ in ManhattanForget the “gastrolounges” and “boutique nightclubs”! A big club has hit the scene.
  6. Neighborhood Watch
    New Amsterdam Market Returns; Del Posto Hosts White Truffle DinnerPlus: a Biryani scuffle, in our regular roundup of neighborhood food news.
  7. Neighborhood Watch
    Pick Plantain in Fort Greene Park; Robert’s Steakhouse ExpandsPlus: Watch Russ & Daughters on TV, and drink all Kelso brews in Carroll Gardens, in our regular roundup of neighborhood food news.
  8. Truckin
    Vinny Vincenz Expands Its Fleet, Revs Up ‘The Pizza Truck’Another truck joins the Vinny Vincenz fleet.
  9. Openings
    First Look at Avenue, Soon Serving a Gourmet ‘Sex on the Beach’Noah Tepperberg tells us whether his gastrolounge will jump on the glamburger trend. Plus: Photos and the menu.
  10. Models and Bottles
    Tepperberg Readies Avenue for June 1 OpeningWhat exactly is a gastro-lounge, anyway?
  11. Crime Scenes
    Apparently Ecstasy Still ExistsThe problem: You have to go to places like Suzie Wong to get it.
  12. Nightclubbing
    Exaggerated Rumors of Marquee’s Demise?Don’t be so quick to believe a blog’s claim that the club is closing.
  13. Models and Bottles
    Tepperberg Good to GoThe Marquee man snags community-board approval for a new gastrolounge.
  14. Community Boards
    Noah Tepperberg’s West Chelsea Gastrolounge Clears a Hurdle, Poised forThe Marquee honcho wants his new venue to be a cross between the Spotted Pig and Rose Bar, and he now has Community Board 4’s licensing committee onboard.
  15. Community Boards
    Tepperberg Will Go Ahead With New LoungeThe Marquee man won’t let the Community Board’s disapproval stop him.
  16. Models and Bottles
    More PinkRocco Ancarola discusses the club’s past and future.
  17. Models and Bottles
    Pink Elephant Insists It’s Alive and Well, Unlike Other ClubsThe club’s manager says the recent departure of a partner and another employee is no biggie.
  18. Slideshow
    Jon B Shows Off His Ecofriendly Nightclub, GreenhouseThe man behind Home and Guest House spent a pretty penny to make his new venue green. So how did it turn out?
  19. Nightlife
    So Far So Good for Marquee’s New West Chelsea LoungeCommunity Board 4 didn’t give Noah Tepperberg the green light he was hoping for, but he didn’t get a Wass-like smackdown either.
  20. Nightlife
    Breaking: Noah Tepperberg Pursues Earth SpaceThe owner of Marquee plans to open another spot in West Chelsea.
  21. Mulholland Drive
    Cain ReduxJamie Mulholland promises that West 27th Street will be hot again.
  22. Models and Bottles
    1Oak and Bungalow 8 Violate Bloggers’ ‘No Soliciting’ RulesAre e-flyers a sign that these former hot spots are hurting for business?
  23. Models and Bottles
    Reformed (?) Bottle-Pusher Starts New Yorkers Against Bottle ServiceJohn ‘JE’ Englebert is aiming to be the Patron Saint of Drunk Chicks.
  24. Models and Bottles
    Pot, Kettle, Black? JE Englebert Plans to Sue for TackinessHe’s not happy that a McDonald’s has been installed in his classy apartment building.
  25. NewsFeed
    Roxy Might Just Be Down for the CountTheir withdrawal from a recent community-board meeting may mean the owners have abandoned plans to reopen.
  26. Neighborhood Watch
    Artichoke Pizza Hasn’t Heard of David Chang; Green-Tea Cookies So Good in theDavid Chang supports other East Village restaurants, Suzy Wong’s sleazy and cute, delicious cookies all over town.
  27. NewsFeed
    Mansion’s House Is Not Entirely in OrderLast week we brought news that the Crobar space is set to reopen (with sex toys!) as Mansion. But before we celebrate the return of big clubbing to Manhattan, let’s remember this: The space is operating under a SAPA letter that allows the club to serve alcohol, despite its expired liquor license, while the State Liquor Authority considers whether to renew its license. Obviously the new owners are banking on the fact that Crobar’s alleged violations in 2006 — including inadequate supervision, five noise violations, three assaults, and eight instances of drugs on premise — won’t cause the SLA to revoke the license. However, a spokesman for the SLA says that revocation is a possibility. Though the community board has previously indicated a willingness to work with Opium Group (whose owner Eric Milon is, ironically, a teetotaler), district spokesman Bob Banfatto says the board has not made a recommendation to the SLA and doesn’t expect to until after the SAPA investigation is resolved. That could be a matter of months, but we’ll let you know if there’s anything new after one of the violations is addressed in an SLA meeting this Wednesday. ABC’s Notice of Pleading for Crobar/Pink Elephant Related: Mansion Will Bring Sex Toys to Crobar’s Old Home Next Friday Community Board Stymies Crobar’s Plan to Reopen
  28. gossipmonger
    Cameron Diaz to Invade ChelseaCameron Diaz is looking to buy an apartment in West Chelsea and also hooked up with Felicity’s Scott Speedman in the Bahamas. Samantha Stein-Wells, daughter of murdered real-estate broker Linda Stein, is turning her 35th birthday into a charity event in her mom’s name. Padma Lakshmi told Dave Zinczenko that she’d cover her body in chocolate if he put her on the cover of Men’s Health. Portfolio magazine named Newsweek fashion scribe Dana Thomas its European editor. Michelle Williams has pulled out of her upcoming movie with Ryan Gosling because she’s too beat up over Heath Ledger’s death. Maybe-pregnant Angelia Jolie went shopping at a baby boutique in Tribeca.
  29. Openings
    Suzie Wong Gives Us a Case of Déjà Vu When we first told you about Suzie Wong, the lounge “nightlife lord” JE Englebert and his partners are opening this Thursday in their old Pre:Post space at 547 West 27th Street, we noted that Lotus once had a café named after the fictitious hooker with a heart of gold. That said, you’d think Lord Englebert would make sure his logo looks nothing like Lotus’s! Or are we the only ones who see the resemblance? And are we the only ones who are hesitant to visit a sake lounge that spells it “saki”? Sure, it’s technically an acceptable alternative, but we’re not surprised it’s the preferred spelling of someone whose other club is Myst [sic]. Earlier: Club to Open in (Rather Than Flee) West Chelsea
  30. neighborhood watch
    Cobble Hill Shall Only Remain Yea HighCobble Hill: In a last-minute about-face, Councilman Bill De Blasio said he’ll vote to deny developer Two Trees the right to build ten feet over the height limit in the quaint hood. [Brooklyn Eagle] Coney Island: The deal has been inked, folks. Starting in March, Astroland will be open for one more season before the bulldozers roll in. [NYDN] Flushing: Yeah, we know this blog features hideous new architecture around Queens every day, but these specimens are particularly heinous. What’s that thing atop the building in the first picture, a big brick handle? [Queens Crap]
  31. NewsFeed
    Club to Open in (Rather Than Flee) West ChelseaThought West Chelsea was dead? John “JE” Englebert and his partners at Pre:Post, Retox, and Myst (where Flava Flav hosts a party this Saturday!) apparently disagree: In October they’ll open a 4,000-square-foot lounge called Suzie Wong’s (no relationship to the restaurant, also serving light Asian fare, in London, or the late-night cafe that used to be in Lotus). They’re not saying where in the neighborhood it’ll go, but we’re thinking it won’t be the Cain space: We wouldn’t be surprised if it replaced Pre:Post just like Myst and Retox replaced their onetime club Quo. The fact that the waitresses will be dressed as geishas is nothing new — remember the ones at G Lounge? (Probably not) — but there is one relative novelty: JE is avoiding the bottle-service route by simply charging a $50 table fee that will include a bottle of sake and a platter of appetizers. Call it bottle service 2.0.
  32. developing
    West Chelsea Car-Elevator Apartments: Going Down? No doubt you remember the hype: Architect Annabelle Selldorf’s design for 200 Eleventh Avenue included private car elevators, which would lift owners, still in their vehicles, to their apartments. Selldorf was allegedly inspired by the body-shop flatlands of West Chelsea, but it was no coincidence that this extra layer of privacy made the building attractive to celebrities; there was a report that Madonna was scouting a unit. But now the Fire Department might put an end to all that fun. Howard Hill, FDNY’s chief of fire prevention, in early February wrote to the city’s Buildings Department, to object to the plan. “For obvious life-safety reasons,” he wrote, “this design concept and use should be prohibited.”
  33. developing
    French ‘Vision Machine’ Starts Rising in Chelsea“Nothing has ever been built like it in NYC,” says Jean Nouvel’s publicist of a project the French starchitect has designed for 19th Street and the West Side Highway, and though it’s a publicist’s job to say that, she might actually be right. Nouvel, a perennially mentioned Pritzker Prize contender, announced that construction has begun — and released the first renderings — on the same day Richard Rogers won the 2007 prize. Is it a recyclable takeout rice container? No, it’s a “Vision Machine,” an energy-efficient skyscraper in which, to quote the publicist, “every single pane has been figured out to correspond to an interior space and no two are alike.”
  34. developing
    A Different Kind of Glass Tower for ChelseaA sales office opened today for — surprise, surprise — a luxury condo building at 459 West 18th Street, and it’s a glass-sheet building worth noting both for what it is and who’s building it. While most of the city’s megabucks glass-façade condos hide occupants and cover hurry-up construction with ornamental window barriers, this one gives glass a fresh role: using huge panes to push out like stages rather than hang like curtains. Perhaps the architecture’s interesting because the project, by the Dumbo firm Della Valle Bernheimer, is the very rare case where the architect is also serving as developer. “We emphasized it as a view tunnel north and south by keeping living and dining rooms as clean as possible,” says Jared Della Valle. From the street, Della Valle says, the huge glass insertions — delivered from China, where they’ve got the capacity to produce at that size — should reflect sunlight and emphasize connections between occupants and passersby. “It’s meant to disarm people,” he says. Okay. Disarmed or not, we think the renderings (there’s another after the jump) look pretty cool. —Alec Appelbaum
  35. Back of the House
    Danny Meyer May Not Be So Down on New Restaurants After AllEater is reporting that Danny Meyer is preparing to start building a new restaurant at 100 Eleventh Avenue in West Chelsea, to be opened sometime in 2009. If true, color us unsurprised! When Danny Meyer tells you in an interview that “I haven’t opened a new restaurant since 2004. I just want to keep getting more deeply into the ones I do have right now,” take it with a grain of fleur de sel. You don’t get a world-class restaurant empire by showing your cards to everybody who asks. Update: The hospitality king is sticking to his story: “This is not a deal I even knew we were contemplating,” Meyer tells us. “It’s unbelievable! I have a partner whose full-time job consists of looking for these projects, and this is not something I even remember us having a lengthy conversation about.” West Chelsea Slated to Get a Danny Meyer Restaurant [Eater] Earlier: Danny Meyer on Shake Shack 2.0
  36. intel
    Crobar’s Second Verse: Same as the First With BED freshly closed and rumors floating that Bungalow and Cain are looking to flee West 27th Street, it’s good to know Crobar, for one, is soldiering forward. It reopened last weekend as a new venue — now it’s called Studio Mezmor — and it’s doing double duty as an arts and events studio, and possibly a rock venue. (Don’t tell that to the Bowery Ballroom guys, who are looking to open a music venue in the space that once housed Exit.) But other than the name, not a lot has changed. A few columns have been knocked down, sound systems upgraded, and the annex that was once cluttered with bamboo reeds will now be called the SideBar. The picture above is of the new, awfully familiar-looking VIP mezzanine. After the jump, the new, even more familiar dance floor. —Daniel Maurer CORRECTION, Feb. 22: We’ve been informed that the above photograph is actually of the SideBar, which does indeed look quite different now that the bamboo has been chucked. Which basically undermines our whole argument here. Sorry about that.
  37. neighborhood watch
    Drug Business Picks Up in West ChelseaBrooklyn Heights: A restaurant owner accuses his former partner of anti-Semitism. Their restaurant was Kosher. Rim shot! [The Brooklyn Paper] Hell’s Kitchen: Conjure your inner urban planner on Saturday afternoon by suggesting new designs for too-busy intersections. [Streetsblog] Midtown East: Gotham Book Mart has gone fishing for good. Now it’s for sale. [Curbed] West Chelsea: Call your dealer! Sol and Crobar will reopen this weekend. [Brooklyn Vegan] Williamsburg: The four condo towers of “The Edge” will start construction in February. If you weren’t already sure it’s over, it is. [I’m Not Sayin, I’m Just Sayin via Gowanus Lounge]
  38. NewsFeed
    Cain’s Not Moving, Just Expanding to the BahamasEarlier this week a broker revealed to us that GoldBar, the new project from Cain’s Robert McKinley and Jamie Mulholland, would resemble Pangea, prompting a PR rep to vehemently disagree. “Whoever said anything about bottle service?” the rep writes. “Couldn’t be farther from what this project is about.” (No word, of course, on what it is about.) Meanwhile, Mulholland himself refuted industry rumors that Cain is considering a move from West 27th Street, saying business is stronger than ever and he looks at three or four spaces a week only because “it’s good to have your ears to the ground.” One move we can tell you to expect: If all goes as planned, a Cain Beach Club will be opening in the new Cove luxury hotel complex on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Now we know where Bobby Flay, who’s opening a Mesa Grill on the island, will be throwing down. —Daniel Maurer Earlier: Cain’s Secret Project to Bring a Whole Lotta Bling to Little Italy
  39. Click and Save
    Ah, to Quaff Eggnog Fireside in Long IslandFor an entire year, this thread on Mouthfuls has been tracking the best of the Upper West Side. It’s all wrapped up in this year-end post. [Mouthfuls] A quick roundup of new West Chelsea eateries. [NYT] Hankering for a meal by a roaring fireplace? [NYP] Related: Have Dinner With an Old Flame If you do wind up sitting by a fire, you’re going to want some eggnog. [NYDN] New cookbooks that make fine gifts. [NYDN] Related: New Cookbooks You Might Actually Open Even in Long Island, people like to eat Christmas dinner out. [Newsday]