Williamsburg Urban Outfitters opened, its restaurant getting liquor license after all (though not yet) (pics)
by Bill Pearis
So that mega Urban Outfitters opened today on North 6th St. in Williamsburg. The five-floor behemoth is called Space Ninetey 8 and contains all the usual UO stuff (clothes, some housewares, books), plus a decent-sized rack of records (Beach House, Janelle Monae, etc all around $20-25), a variety of Crosley turntables, a surf shop, and a pop-up Adidas shop in the basement, complete with working 7" jukebox.
The top floor is the NYC branch of trendy LA restaurant The Gorbals which is run by onetime Top Chef winner Ilan Hall. And after being denied by the community board, The Gorbals looks to be getting its liquor license though delays in that process mean they hope to have booze by May 1. The restaurant will open without it before (it was not open when I was there today).
Basically it's a mall-sized Urban Outfitters. It's right next to American Apparel and you're sure to pass by on your next visit to way to Music Hall of Williamsburg. The next time you need patterened socks, the new Black Keys album, a Joy Division t-shirt and a new shower curtain (and maybe a $15 cocktail), it's all here. On the plus side, Space Ninety 8 does feature a fair ammount of local independent clothing designers.
Williamsburg ain't what it used to be. (This is not news, of course.) A few more pics of Space Ninety 8 for the curious below.
The Gorbals restaurant