Upper West Side Openings: Chase, Berrylicious, The Purple Fig, Lululemon

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

If you’re the kind of person who just can’t get enough Chase branches, you’re in a luck!

A new one is coming to Columbus Avenue.

MUW readers Gaby, Andrew, and Tyler report that the long-vacant spot next to the Reebok Club on Columbus Avenue (between 67th & 68th) is slated to become a bank.

Back in the day this space used to sell Reebok gear, but according to Gaby it’s “been empty for years.” She got word of its future as a Chase from one of the construction workers at the site this morning.

“There are too many damn banks on the Upper West Side!” is a common refrain, but I’m always of the belief that something is better than nothing. It’s not like they’d be opening my long-awaited pool hall/sports bar/pizza/gourmet iced tea place there if Chase hadn’t signed a lease…

Add this to the list of banks “coming soon” to the neighborhood. Others include the recently announced TD Bank at Broadway & 88th and the Bank of America coming to Broadway & 81st.

For the record, that BofA has been in the works since last July. How long does it take to build a bank?

I recently spoke to a construction worker there who says they’re supposed to open sometime in July… so if your answer to the question above is “one year,” you win.

(For the record, it only took 15 months to build the Empire State Building — good thing the BofA is only one story.)

On a related note, a few months ago I asked an employee at The Eye Man (located next to the BofA site) if she had any information as to when they’d be opening. I never got a chance to post her response, but now seems like a perfect time:

“I don’t know. They come. They bang. They leave dust.”


Koshertopia reports that Berrylicious Frozen Yogurt has opened an outpost on the Upper West Side (thanks to MUW reader Iris for the link)..

The Koshertopia post says the Berrylicious is adjacent to the recently opened Chocolate Works (641 Amsterdam, at 91st), but it’s actually located inside Chocolate Works.

That’s a nice “middle” location if you’re craving froyo but are too far from the 16 Handles at Broadway & 98th and Amsterdam & 75th/76th.

In dining discount news… If you missed the post earlier, recently opened UWS restaurant The Purple Fig is offering two different dining deals for 50%+ off. Good excuse to try the place out.

Finally, mentioned on Monday that the Lululemon branded plywood finally went up at the soon-to-open site at Broadway & 75th. Didn’t have a picture of it at the time, but MUW reader @vtweetme sent one in today. That’s a whole lotta plywood…

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