Seen & Heard: The Prettiest Drugstore Downtown

••• The Walgreen’s at 415 Broadway (at Canal and Lispenard) opened today. Go check out the upstairs—those windows are fine. What a delight to have the landmark building open again after all these years. Let’s hope they can keep it graffiti-free… P.S. The downstairs is a de facto deli, if you need beer or chips or stuff like that. UPDATE: While walking on Canal, I noticed signage that said “Duane Reade by Walgreens.” So I went in and asked whether the store is a Duane Reade or a Walgreen’s. “That’s the million-dollar question,” was the reply. “It’s Duane Reade prices in a Walgreens environment.” (So there is a difference?) Anyway, the folks working there have been super friendly, which could be because the store is new, but still, enjoy it while it lasts.

Walgreens 415 Broadway Walgreens 415 Broadway window••• From Babesta: “We’re having a little get together September 30 to celebrate a new super cool sneaker! Wine, cupcakes, a super cool photo booth and fun!” It’s 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Brookfield Place store, and the sneaker is a collaboration between MiniMode and Akid.

••• October 4 at the Schimmel Center at Pace University: “Four wildly diverse brass bands from New York City will blow as hard, fast and original as they can as part of the 11th annual NY Gypsy Festival. Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars featuring Eleanor Reissa; Hungry March Band; Slavic Soul Party and Underground Horns, will go head to head and give it their all to claim a spot as best brass band. Bands will be joined by guest dancers. The finale will include a song with all four bands on stage.”

••• A sign in the window says China Blue has a new menu. I’m not sure how different it is, but the silkie chicken soup caught my eye, if only because the New Yorker’s recent “Talk of the Town” piece about food shopping with the divine Ruth Reichl says that black silkies are for medicinal purposes. (Also, did China Blue have kung pao chicken before?)

China Blue••• Am I the only one obsessed with the mannequins in the window of the cheap clothing store at Broadway and Worth? Rhetorical question.




  1. No Crispy Duck!? Big mistake China Blue, huge!

  2. The mannequins are fascinating.