Openings and closings: Toy Museum of New York opening, Empire Diner closing … and more

November 12, 2009 01:16PM

In Midtown, Italian flat bread sandwich chain Piada has opened a location on the corner of 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue. Ma Peche has begun serving food in the Chambers Hotel’s mezzanine this week, at 56th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues. American Eagle Outfitters plans to open a new spot in Times Square at 1551 Broadway on the corner of 46th Street on Nov. 19.

On the Upper West Side, Lincoln Center’s Rubenstein Atrium will soon welcome an outpost of famed chef Tom Colicchio’s ‘wichcraft gourmet sandwich stand.

In Harlem, Madison Cigar and Lounge will open this weekend at 1825 Madison Avenue between 118th and 119th streets.

After a decade of planning, the Toy Museum of New York is set to open its doors tonight in Brooklyn Heights at 157 Montague Street, in the second floor of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church.

Amidst these openings, a few spots in the city are also closing down. Chelsea’s famed Empire Diner is shuttering at 210 10th Avenue on the corner of 22nd Street. Coffee Shop, a Union Square restaurant, is in talks to take over the space. In Harlem, Jazz on the Villa, a hostel at 12 129th Street between Fifth and Lenox avenues, was shut down by city officials.