All day tomorrow the Manhattan Plaza Tenants Association is running their annual Block Sale along W 43rd St. From 10am to 5:30pm between 9th&10th Aves community members will be selling all sorts of odds and ends on the street.
Festivities will include raffles, live music, and prizes! Face painting! Tons o’ Fun! Come enjoy the MPTA Sale where you will find over 100 spaces of shopping for flea market and garage sale finds. Bargains galore! Discover treasures, tchotchkes, curios and more.
The weather should be great for it, so there should be a good turn out. See you there.
Things have been pretty quiet around here lately…sorry about that. But we couldn’t miss tomorrow! The annual 9th Avenue International Food Festival returns, bringing food from a whole heap of 9th Ave restaurants and stores out for us.
Tonight’s flood warning looks like it’s passed, and it’s looking like a clear day tomorrow, so it should be great. Last year was a bit overcast, so hopefully it turns out better. Here’s a taste (haha…) of what to look forward to:
And we’re bringing things back up to speed on the site, so “look forward” to more regularity soon!
A surprise “thrift shop” of sorts was going on inside the closed Video Café store today:
It looked sort of like they were clearing out whatever was left in the store, although it’s looked pretty barren since they closed, so not sure where it was all hiding. Not too many things for sale, but it might be on again tomorrow, so have a look!
You’d think this was some form of April Fools joke, but it looks like you’d be wrong. Bond No 9, a “NYC-themed fragrances store”, have released the Hudson Yards perfume. Much like the future development it’s named after, it is shiny, expensive, and over the top. It’s also accompanied by a $135 jar of body silk, or a $115 candle.
Another long-time area staple is being forced out. Sweet Gifts at Video Café (or just Video Café to many) will be closing its doors for good this month, and unfortunately won’t be reopening anywhere else. The place, which has been at its home on the corner of 48th&9th, is being pushed out by – no surprise – a rent hike. The closure was announced on their Facebook page, as well as on a notice on the door, as spotted by Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York.
An emotional goodbye from the owner:
To our extended Family that have supported us for the past 20 years. We are sorry to inform you that we can no longer serve our beloved Community. It breaks our hearts to have to say these words, but as you can see from the changes to our Community and rising rents, we can no longer continue our operations. We thank you for your support, kindness and memories that will remain in our hearts forever. I want to give special thanks to Angel, my brother; Angelina; Sandra; Julianna; Ana; Maria and Carlos, who have been there from day one. I thank them for their love and dedication in helping to keep our doors opened. Without a great team behind you, it would not have been possible. To my wife Solange, and my kids Matthew, Jonathan and Christian and to everyone that made Video Café what it was, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for making a dream possible. –Luis
Back in the day, the place was primarily a video rental place that also happened to sell various other things, with signage that many locals remember fondly:
As time went on, and people stopped renting movies, the store began to transform into the sweets + gifts-focused store it is today (always keeping the DVD library out the back, of course).
If you want to say your last goodbye to the place, head in soon. They’re clearing out everything at 40% off, and all DVDs are only $5. I’m sure the staff there will be happy to see everyone bid them farewell.
Here’s the poster they’ve put out (not much information on it though):
You can see the map or the website to find out all the vendors who’ll be at the market, or just head on up and see them in person. The markets are running from now right through to Christmas Eve from 10am –7/8pm, so you’ve got plenty of opportunities to go check them out.
After what has felt like an eternity, it finally happened…Kiehl’s on 9th Ave opened its doors. The purely coincidental timing meant that it opened on Black Friday “Kiehlsfest”, so of course they had the deals going.
The first 50 people into the store today got free gift cards, with one of them getting the $1000 one.
For those who haven’t kept up with our grippingnon-stopcoverage of the store, the place is foremost a beauty products store, with a few other stores across the city. What makes this one special though is that it also has a barbershop inside. Should be an interesting combination.
A quick heads up: it’s been announced that the incoming Kiehl’s on 9th Ave will be opening its doors for the first time this Friday the 29th, which will bring our non-stopcoverage of the place to an end. You may have noticed the new signage went up last week in preparation:
Our favorite event was on yet again today: the Broadway street fair. There’s nothing really to say about this that we haven’t said already, so unless you’re in the market for tacky phone accessories, plain food, or the general feeling of “meh”, you can ignore it.
Over on 10th Ave however, outside PS111, the was a small market of sorts set up, with a handful of people offering various homemade foods and other items:
Unlike the monolithic Broadway markets, this little gathering had character. Great to see!
All day tomorrow Domus– the home accessories and decorations store on W 44th St – will be donating 10% of all profits to the project “Passing Ellenville”, a film about, per the project’s site…
A portrait of two transgender youths in rural, upstate New York and their struggles in their gender transition process.
The filmmakers themselves will also be there from 7pm to 9pm, so you can find out more about their documentary and ask questions. You can RSVP on Facebook if you’re interested in meeting the filmmakers, but I’m sure you can also just walk in.