Food & Drink

Chelsea Piers ‘wichcraft Closed Due to Health Violations [Updated]

'wichcraft at Chelsea Piers. ('wichcraft's website)

The city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shut down sandwich chain ‘wichcraft at Chelsea Piers yesterday, Commercial Observer has learned. [The eatery passed its reinspected on Nov. 10 and reopened, said Jeffrey Zurofsky, one of the partners of ‘wichcraft.]

‘wichcraft, located on the West Side Highway at Pier 62 and 12th Avenue, was hit with 46 violation points, 41 of which were deemed critical, during a routine annual health inspection. Read More

Sales Beat

Marcus & Millichap Arranges Sale of Two Chelsea Buildings for $7.2M

368 8th Avenue

Real estate brokerage Marcus & Millichap has arranged the sale of two apartment buildings in Chelsea for a combined $7.2 million, with both properties going to 1031 exchange buyers, The Commercial Observer has learned.

The buildings, at 368 8th Avenue and 311 West 29th Street, bring the private investors who purchased them an opportunity to realize significant upside through upgrades and renovations, brokers at Marcus & Millichap said. Read More


On 10th Anniversary of First NYC Pop-Up, Retailers Look Back

43 Mercer vintage

It was a Los Angeles-based company inspired by Japanese shopping habits that brought pop-up retail to America. During a trip to Tokyo in 1999, Russ Miller witnessed the lengths to which the city’s famously voracious consumers would go to buy rare and limited-edition products.

Mr. Miller brought that mind-set back to L.A. with Vacant, “a retail concept and exhibition store” that would open shops only to close them as soon as they ran out of goods.

Discount retailer Target once again positioned itself as the funky anti-Walmart when it took over a 220-foot-long boat at Chelsea Piers for a two-week stay on the Hudson River that coincided with Black Friday in November of 2002. Vacant arrived in New York in February 2003, working with Dr. Martens on a pop-up space at 43 Mercer Street. Read More