Bedford Square: Sneak Preview

Guests of Anthropologie and Amis restaurant enjoyed a sneak preview tonight of the new Bedford Square.

I’m not in the market for a wedding gown — or most of the rest of what Anthropologie sells. But plenty of folks will be. Judging by the creative and stylish way they’ve repurposed the old YMCA, the 40,000-square foot store will do exactly what an anchor tenant should: draw plenty of shoppers to the entire complex.

And based on what I’ve seen and tasted of Amis, it too will be an instant hit. It takes full advantage of its Church Lane/Post Road/interior alley location — it is a true “trattoria.”

We’ve endured noise, dirt, dust and disruption for 2 years. Now the fun begins!

The 2nd floor of Anthropologie. If the view across the Post Road looks familiar, it should: For 30 years, this was the cardio fitness center for the YMCA.

Amis Trattoria. The windows actually open. As soon as the weather warms up, the downtown street scene will be rejuvenated.

Bedford Square developer David Waldman (center) and lifestyle guru Mar Jennings are interviewed for a TV special. They’re standing in one of the alleyways. Restoration Hardware is visible in the background.

A fountain is the centerpiece of Bedford Square’s courtyard. Shops and restaurants will occupy the first 2 floors; rental apartments are on the 3rd.

Amis Trattoria occupies what was once the firehouse, and later became part of the YMCA (left). Bedford Square also includes the former site of the Y’s Weeks Pavilion (right), off Church Lane. Seabury Center is in the background.

10 responses to “Bedford Square: Sneak Preview

  1. Mary Papageorge

    Great job David, can’t wait to see everything!!

  2. Natalia Feinstein

    The launch parties were this week. Yes. I can’t wait to go

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  3. Bruce Fernie - SHS 1970

    At one time a community center full of life… now just another American mall selling Asian merchandise.

  4. Gerald F. Romano, Jr.

    David,
    I think you out did yourself on this project fantastic job / I know are friend Lee would agree
    best,
    Gerald F. Romano, Jr.

  5. Bart Shuldman

    Congratulations Favid and to your team that decided to invest in Westport. The building is beautiful!!

    Thank you.

    Bart

  6. looks gorgeous; poo on the nay sayers who haven’t even seen the space before they criticize

  7. Marcy Anson Fralick -- Staples Class of 1970

    Growing up in Westport in the 60’s, this area was the hub of the community. The YMCA, the Fire Station, Post Road and Main Street with it’s locally owned and operated shops for kids, teens and families, and great places to grab a slice of pizza and hang out with friends. The key words being locally owned and operated. Shop owners were parents of our friends, and they all knew who we were. Many of us worked for those shop owners after school and summers.
    It’s sad to me that Westport has sold out to cookie cutter, multi-national corporate stores who’s bottom line is profit, and won’t hesitate to close stores that don’t perform to their expectations. When we shopped, we were supporting local people, our friends and their families, not corporations. Westport has lost the unique, small town personality it once had, and could now be Any Town, USA.