UWS Openings & Closings: Fifty Shades Of Pain, Blockbuster, Amcook Fusion Cuisine

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Give these guys points for creativity.

A new personal training center named Fifty Shades Of Pain recently opened at 673 Amsterdam (at 93rd).

The “Pain” part of the name appears to be an acronym for “Positive Attitude Inspiring Nature.”

There is no monthly membership fee, as Fifty Shades is a personal training center rather than a traditional gym — clients book training session packages as opposed to just working out on their own.

From their website (fiftyshadesofpain.com):

W​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​elcome To Fifty Shades Of Pain Personal Training gym. We strive to help you achieve all Fitness Goals as well as create a new mind, body & soul. We aim to help you in all needs: reduce back pain, knee or shoulder injuries, weight loss, tone up, bodybuilding, power lifting, advance your concentration, improve mobility, offset anger, lift your mood, increase the strength and quality of your bones, boost your memory, counter the effects of fatigue and re-shape your spirit or even re-focus your brain on a positive attitude, ​​we customize workout programs for you. ​ Our trainers are industry leaders when it comes to providing proper motivation, inspiration and education to a diverse intelligent and worldly clientele.

Our diverse workouts will introduce you to a vast array of training tools and techniques including, barbells, dumbells, kettle bells, body training, high intensity interval training, weightlifting, bodybuilding, strength & power movements, powerlifting, balance, stability, flexibility, mobility, plyometrics & isometrics, calisthenics and much more.

Training sessions can be booked in 30 and 60 minute increments, and they also offer one hour sessions for two people with one trainer [insert Fifty Shades Of Grey joke here].

I have no idea when it closed, but this space used to be home to Schneider Framing.

H/t to MUW reader Dora.


Mentioned yesterday that the only remaining Blockbuster video store in Manhattan has closed and is holding a liquidation sale (2510 Broadway, between 93rd & 94th).

MUW reader Alexandra stopped by yesterday and sent in some additional information:

The [selection] quality is fairly good.  They have a lot of more recent movies but they’re fresh out of Mel Brooks films. :-D  Everything is $10 or less and prices will go down every Monday until everything is gone.  TV shows are cheaper, about $7 per DVD.  They have quite a few sets of The Wire and Mad Men.

If you’re a DVD person, this seems like “must do” Upper West Side shopping.

Finally, also mentioned last night that Ivy’s Cafe had morphed into Amcook Fusion Cuisine (154 W. 72nd, between Amsterdam & Columbus).

When I called yesterday, they told me it was the same owner with a new chef and a more fusion oriented menu.

I stopped by today to pick up a menu and was told it’s actually a new owner with the same food.


I’ve compared the new Amcook menu (below) to the old Ivy’s menu that’s still up on menupages.com and… there’s almost no difference.

Also, it’s not really fusion cooking, unless you consider having both Chinese and Japanese food on the menu to be “fusion.”

As I wrote yesterday, Ivy’s got a respectable 3 1/2 stars on Yelp from nearly 40 reviewers. If Amcook is pretty much just a change in name only, the food should be respectable.

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