Scoopy’s, Week of July 3, 2014
Kardashians take Soho, Part II: It looks like the Kardashian crew will be taking over yet another Soho space, but this time it’s going to be a whole building. Last Thursday — as a huge crowd of paparazzi, fans and gawkers crowded outside — Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian toured 63 Spring St., at the northwest corner of Spring and Lafayette Sts. The entire 6,600-square-foot building is vacant, and the deal is being brokered by JTRE Holdings. Jack Terzi and Ricky Braha, the C.E.O. and director, respectively, of JTRE, personally gave the celebrity sisters the tour. According to reports, the building’s bottom two floors will be a retail space while the top three floors will be office space for the Kardashian sisters’ businesses. JTRE wasn’t saying much about the deal, since things reportedly are still being finalized. However, Ariella Pitchon, who works next door at the Forever Flawless skin cosmetics shop, at least knew more about it than us. She said it was definitely a major scene when the sisters came by. Will Kim be involved? we asked. Naturally, Pitchon told us, since all the sisters are involved in these businesses together. The building’s first floor was formerly occupied by the Lafayette Smoke Shop, a favorite of magazine aficionados. Of course, this would be the Kardashians’ second Soho location. They opened a Dash boutique at Spring and Greene Sts. four years ago. Sean Sweeney, director of the Soho Alliance — as usual — had a few choice words about the whole affair. “The Kardashians’ first foray into Soho during their store’s launch on Spring St. in 2010 turned into a mob fest with arrests for rowdiness — a public-relations fiasco for the sisters,” he said. “Hopefully, they learned that Soho ain’t L.A. They should show respect to the neighbors and the neighborhood. Whether they will adopt to the Soho essence or else stand out like a tawdry Hawaiian shirt on Hollywood Boulevard is their decision.”
E.D. to open: On a more serious note, the new 24 / 7 Lenox Hill HealthPlex emergency department, at Seventh Ave. and W. 12th St., will be opening very soon — from the sound of it, possibly by next week. A news conference / dedication ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wed., July 9, and, according to Terry Lynam, a spokesperson for North Shore / LIJ Health System, the E.D. “should open for patients shortly thereafter.” The facility is located in the ground floor of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital O’Toole Building.