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"The stretch of Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan used to be the homely cousin to the two strong shopping avenues that flank it: Broadway and Columbus Avenue. While the street did a decent job attracting service-oriented businesses like bodegas, dry cleaners and ethnic restaurants, large national retailers sidestepped it, preferring the denser foot traffic (and generally larger buildings) on the nearby avenues. Lately, however, Amsterdam Avenue has been demanding attention in its own right. While its blocks lack the heavy-hitting retailing names like those on neighboring avenues, including Barneys Co-op, Ann Taylor or Loehmann’s, Amsterdam is in the enviable position of offering some of the largest retail spaces available on the Upper West Side." [NY Times]