MetLife may sell its Peter Cooper Village/Stuyvesant Town development, whose 11,200 units makes it Manhattan’s biggest apartment complex. Met’s real estate guru Robert Mercke explains: “We believe current market conditions are very favorable” (which means: “Our enormous corporation is getting out of here before you-know-what bursts”). Read More
Does Snoopy see rough seas ahead?
Two years ago, learning that a developer planned to erect a high-rise whose shadow would turn our classic six into a tomb, we sold our co-op. The real estate bubble will burst, my husband and I thought. Let’s rent and get back into the market. (Stop laughing!) Starting last January, we devoted every Sunday to Read More
The recent arrival of the Dean and DeLuca store at 85th Street and Madison Avenue isn’t just great news for shoppers in search of fresh goose-liver paté or hand-dipped chocolates, but also for crooks eager to take advantage of the crowds who have descended on the upscale grocery store since it opened on Dec. 5. Read More
Though the discount department store Loehmann’s long ago sprawled into chaindom, with 47 stores over 17 states, most New Yorkers still think of it as their quintessential alter kocker bargain mecca, just as blowzy Filene’s Basement belongs to Boston and Sears is the broad-shouldered, slow-witted son of Chicago. But-and it does feel like a betrayal Read More
Those who aspire to wear Prada have learned how to shop Manhattan’s troika of “off-price” clothing stores–Century 21, Daffy’s and Loehmann’s–in a single workday. Century 21 opens at 7:45 A.M. every weekday, and there’s a Daffy’s three blocks from Loehmann’s on Seventh Avenue and 17th Street, close enough for a two-in-one hit during “lunch.” If Read More
FADE IN: Your diarist is filing this dispatch from Los Angeles, where the Oscars are over, and life has returned to what more or less passes for normal in this sleepy little artistic community by the Pacific Ocean. The murderous jealousies, all-consuming vindictiveness and massive localized bouts of depression that normally accompany the run-up to Read More
The Rise and Fall of the House of Barneys: A Family Tale of Chutzpah, Glory and Greed , by Joshua Levine. William Morrow, 256 pages, $25.
Some years ago, a friend took her 14-year-old son to the 17th Street Barneys to buy a birthday gift for his style-conscious grandfather. Dressed in full New York private Read More
At noon on Saturday, April 4, the handsome all-male cast of Gross Indecency , the Off-Broadway hit play about the trial of Oscar Wilde, gathered in the men’s department of Loehmann’s on Seventh Avenue at 16th Street, where Barneys used to be. A small crowd of shoppers leaned on racks of Donna Karan pants, Perry Read More