As pedestrians tried to figure out the best way to navigate the Grand Central Terminal district Sunday, retailers affected by last week's steam-pipe explosion were hoping the increased foot traffic would be a sign of improved sales.
NEW YORK — As pedestrians tried to figure out the best way to navigate the Grand Central Terminal district Sunday, retailers affected by last week's steam-pipe explosion were hoping the increased foot traffic would be a sign of improved sales.
After Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the repair work would extend into this week, Kathryn Wylde, president of Partnership for New York City, estimated Friday the zone's commercial area could lose hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues, depending on how long traffic restrictions are in place.
On Sunday, a policeman at the corner of Third Avenue and East 41st Street noted how some stores had reopened, buildings in the area were being power-washed, and, for the first time in days, pedestrians were allowed onto the north side of East 42nd Street. While most police officers stationed in the area Sunday were not wearing face masks, as they had been last week, some closer to the blast site were, he said.
Con Edison workers grabbed doughnuts from an aid station outside the closed Ann Taylor Loft store on the south side of 42nd Street. Across the street, Bolton's and Kenneth Cole remained closed at noon, but Banana Republic planned to reopen by 1 p.m., according to a company executive standing outside the store who requested anonymity. She declined to comment on the estimated sales' loss caused by the closing, but said Thursdays and Fridays are typically significantly busy shopping days for the store.
Instead of shopping, some women snapped group photographs of the many firefighters on call.
Strawberry's, on the northwest corner of Lexington Avenue at East 42nd Street, had reopened and planned to keep its normal hours, said sales assistant Deyaniri Garcia. All in all, Sunday's store traffic was "no different than any other Sunday, and it always gets busier late in the afternoon," she said.
Montreal resident Cynthia Beauvais, who was here for a dance convention at the Grand Hyatt, shopped at Strawberry's and said she was unfazed by the commotion outside. Cristine Remollo, a tourist from the Philippines, said she felt the same. En route to Grand Central with shopping bags from nearby Modell's and Payless ShoeSource, she said, "Asbestos or not — we were coming."Lauren Border, a Weston, Conn., high school student, had come into the city with two friends "to shop and to eat." After buying a hoodie at the East 42nd Street Gap, she headed west to Strawberry's. "We thought there would be problems with Grand Central, but there weren't," Border said, adding that Bloomingdale's would be the trio's next stop.
Orlando Miles, Super Runners Shop manager, said business was picking up a little, due partially to shoppers participating in Sunday's Nautica New York City Triathlon. "Hopefully, by Monday, everything will be back to normal," he said.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye