Walking into the marketplace

The Limelight Marketplace opened this afternoon (a little behind schedule). Located nearby our office on 6th Avenue and 20th Street, OHNY dropped by the opening today for a quick peek. Although the name references the infamous nightclub, the space has been transformed into a mini mall, with remnants of the 163-year-old church. The only thing that reminded us of a nightclub was the red carpet rolled out for the opening!

Baked good shops

More than 50 shops are housed in its 20,000-square-feet, on three different levels. The first floor showcases the big name boutiques, such as Le Sportsac, Selima Optique, Havaianas and Hunter Boots. There is also a sweets and bakery area, with several cake, cupcake and chocolate vendors, including Cupcake Stop and MarieBelle.

Brocade

The second floor is reminiscent of SoHo’s Bloomingdales in its look and layout, with a beauty counter area, clothing boutiques and housewares. Brocade has its own little nook, with mirrored wallpaper and show rooms. The third floor is open and more of a terrace, with a great bird’s eye view of all the activity on the lower floors. Amidst all the bright lights and striped awnings, the cathedral ceiling with its pointed arches and stained glass windows remain, giving the space a unique feel.

Upper level

The Marketplace has a wide array of retailers and uses every nook and cranny of the space. Grimaldi’s, the famed Brooklyn pizzeria, will be opening their first Manhattan location here in a few weeks– and they will be selling pizza by the slice! That merits another OHNY field trip, right around lunch time.

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