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HARLEM—Starbucks has cast its gaze upon Harlem. The coffee chain is moving into massive condo building Soha 118 at 118th and Frederick Douglass. Writes a tipster: "Not sure if this is blog worthy, but F. Douglass now has a 'Bucks on the way. It will occupy Soha's SW corner of retail space. They also have a dry cleaner—50% off to get new business and a Chase bank. Still waiting for the Harlem Vintage wine bar to open. This area is REALLY changing fast." [RackedWire]
MEATPACKING DISTRICT—One of the last bastions of grime in the Meatpacking District, BBQ joint/bar The Hog Pit, will be shuttering in January. The impending closure can be attributed to lease woes. According to an email that owner Felisa Dell sent to our friends over at Eater, the landlord's found a tenant that'll pay top dollar for the space: Ralph Lauren. [Eater]