Ibiza Kidz store opens in Stuy Town

Owners Carole and Johnny Husiak, who also live in Stuyvesant Town (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Owners Carole and Johnny Husiak, who also live in Stuyvesant Town (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Ibiza Kidz, a children’s shop for shoes, clothing and toys located in Union Square, has expanded to open a second location in Stuyvesant Town.

The new store, like the other location between 12th and 13th Streets on Broadway, is owned by a couple that lives in Stuy Town, Carole and Johnny Husiak.

Carole said the idea to expand to her own neighborhood came from the property’s leasing agents, Rose Associates, who approached her about the 1800 square foot space.

“The agent said, ‘we have a space and we feel the community would benefit and is in need of a children’s store,’” Carole said. “So we came and loved it. It was a no-brainer. There was an absence of this kind of shop.”

This was five months ago. Negotiations started soon afterwards but were then delayed due to the sale of the complex to Blackstone in October.

However, it was important to the Husiaks to be open in time for the holidays, so Ibiza Kidz, which now has a 10-year lease, opened its doors on Saturday.

The space is on First Avenue between 19th and 20th Streets. This was most recently home to a RadioShack and Ibiza Kidz will also have access to the basement.

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Sperm bank’s offer to Stuy Town residents

Dec17 Sperm bank

Residents of Stuyvesant Town received this offer in the mail.

By Sabina Mollot

This past weekend, residents of Stuyvesant Town who thought they’d just be sifting through their usual junk mail were in for a bit of a surprise — offers to become sperm donors.

The mailed offers, from the midtown-based Manhattan Cryobank, stated that the company was looking for educated men (those with or pursuing a four-year college degree) who wanted to make a bit of cash for spring break.

To get started, all they’d have to do is apply online using the code “STUY”.

Reached on Monday morning, the CEO of Manhattan Cryobank, Ty Kaliski, said the mailings were sent to all of Stuyvesant Town’s buildings (though not Peter Cooper’s) because of the high population of NYU graduate students and men in their early twenties to early thirties.

“I know this is not something people normally get in their mail,” said Kaliski. “Stuyvesant Town offers the population in a very concentrated area and we’re not too far away.”

Laura Ilowite, the company’s donor coordinator, added, “We heard a lot of NYU students were living in that area.”

Generally, she added, donors are university students or recent graduates who are trying to pay off their student loans.

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Original ST resident turns 101 years old

William Johnston celebrates his 101st  birthday. (Photo courtesy of VA)

William Johnston celebrates his 101st birthday. (Photo courtesy of VA)

By Sabina Mollot

Original Stuy Town resident and World War II veteran William Johnston, or John-John, as he is affectionately called, celebrated his 101st birthday on Wednesday, December 2 with family and friends at the VA St. Albans Community Living Center.

Johnston, who had moved into an apartment on East 14th Street with his wife Helen in 1947, remained there for 60 years. In 2007, his family moved him into St. Albans where he still lives.

His birthday party was attended by friends and neighbors, VA staff and his brother, a nephew and his wife and nieces.

Johnston, who was born in Scotland, and Helen, who died five years ago on Thanksgiving Day, lived in Stuy Town after Johnston was honorably discharged from the Army. He’d served from 1943-1946 at the Ft. Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn, working as a payroll clerk.  He later worked for many years at Manufacturers Hanover Trust, now known as The Bank of New York.  Johnston went on to become a volunteer at VA’s Manhattan campus and even received a “Volunteer of the Year Award” during that time.  At his birthday party, it was mentioned by his nephew, Bill Dolan, that there wasn’t anything he would not do for his fellow comrades.

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