I know I said I wasn’t going to write about the Upper West Side anymore. OK, go ahead and call me a liar. Above 96th Street, there’s a lot of action. 16 Handles is opening soon and Westside Market may finally greet its first food shoppers next month.
Local merchants say Westside Market, which was suppose to open in January, is now slated to start selling groceries in March. The longtime UWS grocer is going into the former Duane Reade space at 2589 Broadway, between 97th & 98th.
The gentleman who sits behind the counter at Westside Stationers on Broadway at the corner of 99th Street was eating an orange sprinkled with chat masala when I walked in. His daughter-in-law had brought him a plate of fruit sprinkled with the traditional Indian spice mixture. Why not just eat the orange au naturel? I asked him. “I said to her ‘put something on it to make it more interesting,” he replied, popping a slice into his mouth.
Here’s a photo that offers living proof that Trader Joe’s will almost certainly be opening soon. Want a job? They’re taking employment applications in a loading area on 72nd Street, or at least they were a couple of days ago.
The Upper West Side’s supermarket wars are heating up. With Trader Joe’s scheduled to move next year into a location at Broadway and 72nd Street, you would expect Fairway, the neighborhood’s iconic specialty grocer perched two blocks north at 74th Street, to be feeling the heat.
“As for Trader Joe’s, I really don’t know what to say to you,” Jenkins said in an e-mail.
“Will we respond? No. Will we change our product line? No. Will we lower our prices? No. Merchandising? No. Promotions? We don’t promote. Advertising? We don’t advertise. Anything else? Not that I know of.”