New beach to South Street Seaport, Chico the mural artist leaving NYC, and more

March 05, 2009 03:26PM

Clockwise from top left: Jan & Aya, Rare Bar & Grill, Dennis Foy and Free People

Water Taxi Beach, now in Long Island City, will be opening a new beach at Pier 17 at South Street Seaport this summer. Tokidoki, an Italian designer that collaborates with LeSportsac, will be holding the grand opening for its store at the former LeSportsac location at 176 Spring Street, at Thompson Street, this Saturday. Hayden-Harnett, a Brooklyn-based handbag and clothing retailer, will open a new store at 253 Elizabeth Street this Saturday. Scuderia, an eatery, will come to Sixth Avenue near Downing Street March 9. Free People is slated to open soon at Spring and Mercer streets in Soho. Jewelry designer Tom Binns opened his first store last month on Perry Street. The Plaza Hotel’s Oak Room will reopen March 17. Maria Cornejo has relocated her label from a Nolita shop to 33 Bleecker Street. Rare Bar & Grill, soon to open a new restaurant in Chelsea, will close its 228 Bleecker Street location. The Wafels & Dinges truck is out of service and will now remain stationery on 22nd Street and Seventh Avenue during the week and in Park Slope on the weekends. Tribeca restaurant Dennis Foy has closed. East Village hamburger venue Bamn has closed, at least temporarily. Jan and Aya, a design and home furnishings store, will close its 99 Franklin Street location by the end of March but plans to keep holding events. The Print Shop on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg is closing. Mural artist Chico is leaving New York City after 30 years on the Lower East Side. Nationally, car dealership closures are increasing, with 900 closings projected for this year. TRD

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