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Week In Review: Weird Politics on the LES, Changes at WVill Banana, Touch o' the Hamptons on Bowery

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Before the weekend begins, check out a quick rundown of the top ten Racked stories of the past five days.

1) Lower East Side: A "Who Killed Obama" top was spotted in an Orchard Street boutique. Tasteless? Yes.

2) West Village: The Banana Republic on Bleecker Street will soon reopen as a store called Monogram. Catchy, huh?

3) Bowery: Hamptons boutique Blue & Cream's plans for Bowery beach chairs were revealed.

4) Bowery: More Bowery boutique news: Work on the John Varvatos store rising in the old CBGB's space finally resumed after an unexplained months-long break.

5) Noho: The downtown location of Caravan called it a day.

6) Gramercy/Flatiron: Stuy-Town and Peter Cooper Village got their very own overpriced gym, Oval Fitness. Rent hikes be damned, those ellipticals sound sweet!

7) Cobble Hill: Urban Outfitters picked a date, lucky no. 13, for the opening of their first Brooklyn store.

8) West Village: Sweets shop Chocolate Bar revealed they'd be leaving their original Eighth Avenue storefront, and the people wept.

9) UES: Phase 1 of Dylan's Candy Bar's expansion is complete. Hooray.

10) Soho: Video and game-rental center MoviebankUSA failed on West Houston Street. The future of their planned Williamsburg outpost looks grim.

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