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1) Flatiron: Via an official press release, we learn that Chase has staked out a spot on the corner of 14th Street and Fifth Avenue (a rendering of which is above). Yes, soon 69 Fifth Avenue will soon be home to a brightly-lit checking-and-savings center. The PR-age here is standard, but note this bit of tricky wording: "More evidence that the bank boom has not subsided: Ms. Consolo [ed. note: Hope Consolo of Prudential Douglas Elliman] and Mr. Aquino [the exec. VP of PDE] are also the exclusive agents for 5,000 square feet at 1796 Broadway, which boasts 100 feet of frontage and is ideally suited for a bank." See how they did that? The banking boom hasn't ended and here's why—because we have a space that would be perfect for a bank. Murky reasoning never ceases to amaze. [Racked Inbox]
2) Brooklyn: Say goodbye to Dress Barn, folks, and hello to—Bank of America! From a tipster, "What used to be the Dress Barn on 86th street between 4th and 5th avenues is now going to be ... Bank of America! Because HSBC, Dime, Chase, Citibank, North Fork Savings Bank and Park Avenue Savings Bank all on ONE BLOCK were just not enough. Such a disturbing trend - Kleinfelds is now Commerce Bank. Griswold's - Valley National. Tiffany Diner - also Commerce Bank. Yuck." [Racked Inbox]