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A sure sign of NYC's belt-tightening? The BMW showroom on Wall Street was "completely empty" at noon today. The company's PR reps stated "that the BMW 3-series (that’s code for relatively affordable) is the best-selling model at the moment, meaning thrift is trumping flash in the epicenter of conspicuous consumption." Scary. See also: tumbleweeds at Tiffany Fidi. [The Real Estate]