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Time Out's cover story this week is on the best Manhattan neighborhoods with "New York Soul." Guess who's included in the "soulless" category? That's right, Soho, along with other chain-ridden areas like Yorkville, Lincoln Center, the West Village, Kips Bay, Carnegie Hill and Murray Hill (which boasts an astounding nine Starbucks and 32 banks). The piece states that Soho is, culturally, a "dead zone," and presents readers with an impressive list (pictured above) of some of the stores that line the streets south of Houston. So far, there seems to be no redeeming Soho: the future is bringing Hollister and a host of other large chain stores. Well, we've still got the Meatpacking District, right?
· Top 10 ’hoods...with New York soul [TONY]