The block between 87th and 88th on Broadway has been vacant since 2007. This summer Ricky's moved in followed by a Japanese Gap style retail chain Uniqlo that opened in August with fake snow in the window.
The Gap at 2373 Broadway between 86th and 87th at The Boulevard is closing in February and Filenes Basement at Broadway and 79th is closing in January.
In 2010 Forbes ranked New York, NY 10024 on Upper West Side #32 most expensive zip code in the country (median home: $2,486,757 - up 6% from 2009)
related blog posts:
Say No to Drug store chains 9/2007
No Walgreens at Broadway between 87th/88th 1/2008
Apple store opens on Upper West Side 1/2008
Vacant Storefront Broadway between 87th/88th 2/2008