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The State of the Upper West Side: Empty Storefronts

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Last November, we assessed the retail changes on the Upper East Side, so now let's take a look across town on the Upper West Side, where some interesting changes are taking place. So far, there are 27 empty retail storefronts (and that's not including the fifteen empty restaurant sites) along the main Broadway, Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues shopping corridors.

Doomsayers and recession porn fanatics may start to predict another retail bust area, but from what we can see, the situation is not so dire. The streets are still teeming with shoppers; stores like Loehman's, Victoria's Secret, Coach and Intermix, while offering sales, still stand strong. Plus, who can forget about the new Apple Store and the much-anticipated Trader Joe's opening? While Plaza Too, Shabby Chic and neighborhood faves will be missed, it seems like a good number of the empty spaces held stores that were just not resonating with the nabe shoppers anymore (goodbye copy shop and scarf store). Plus, as we gathered intel on foot, we even witnessed prospective new tenants calling landlords on the spot to inquire about empty spaces.

There are empty storefronts to keep an eye on though, including the mysterious Custo Barcelona that has been threatening to open in the former Penang restaurant space since Spring 2008 and the two still empty units in the former Reebok space on Columbus (while the third unit is now occupied by one of the infamous Uggs locations). To follow the action, we've mapped out all the empty retail spaces on the Upper West Side.

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1. Hayden & Alice

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385 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

2. Daphne Larger Sizes

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467 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

3. LightForms

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589 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

4. Empty Storefront

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525 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

5. Uptown Birds

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522 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

6. West Side Family Pharmacy

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592 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

7. Former Bodega

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616 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

8. Varda

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Broadway
New York, NY

9. Elizabeth and Julien Jewelers

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2192 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

10. Plaza Too

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2231 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

11. Temptation

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2284 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

12. Mobile Phone Store

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2233 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

13. GameStop

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2335 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

14. New Development

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Broadway
New York, NY

15. Empty Storefront

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2395 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

16. Danskin

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159 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023

17. Reebok

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160 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023

18. Penang

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240 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023

19. La Belle Epoque Vintage Posters

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280 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023

20. Empty Storefront

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319 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023

21. Empty Storefront

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380 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024

22. Shabby Chic

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250 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023

23. Former Copy Shop

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549 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024

24. In Style Hair Design

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614 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

25. Curl Up & Dye Salon

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2188 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

26. Former Allstate Insurance Office

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543 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024

27. Empty Storefront

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514 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024

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1. Hayden & Alice

385 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
385 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

2. Daphne Larger Sizes

467 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
467 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

3. LightForms

589 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
589 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

4. Empty Storefront

525 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
525 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

5. Uptown Birds

522 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
522 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

6. West Side Family Pharmacy

592 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
592 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

7. Former Bodega

616 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
616 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

8. Varda

Broadway, New York, NY
Broadway
New York, NY

9. Elizabeth and Julien Jewelers

2192 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
2192 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

10. Plaza Too

2231 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
2231 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

11. Temptation

2284 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
2284 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

12. Mobile Phone Store

2233 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
2233 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

13. GameStop

2335 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
2335 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

14. New Development

Broadway, New York, NY
Broadway
New York, NY

15. Empty Storefront

2395 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
2395 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

16. Danskin

159 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023
159 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023

17. Reebok

160 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023
160 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023

18. Penang

240 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023
240 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023

19. La Belle Epoque Vintage Posters

280 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023
280 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023

20. Empty Storefront

319 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023
319 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023

21. Empty Storefront

380 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024
380 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024

22. Shabby Chic

250 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023
250 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023

23. Former Copy Shop

549 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024
549 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024

24. In Style Hair Design

614 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
614 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

25. Curl Up & Dye Salon

2188 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
2188 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

26. Former Allstate Insurance Office

543 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024
543 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024

27. Empty Storefront

514 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024
514 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024