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RackedWire: Bit of Bleecker Turning Purple, Bodega Goods to Avoid

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WEST VILLAGE—You knew that Bleecker Street menswear boutique l'Uomo would be replaced by a Ralph Lauren store, but it seems certain now that it won't be any ordinary Ralph Lauren store. Writes a Racked commenter, "In case you don't already know, the old L'Uomo space will be transformed into an exclusive Purple Label shop." Fancy. [Racked Comments]

NEW YORK CITY—One of those sketchy over-the-counter aphrodisiacs you often see near the cash register at corner delis just killed a local man. Be on the lookout for a "product sold at sex shops and neighborhood stores under names including Piedra, Love Stone, Jamaican Stone, Black Stone and Chinese Rock. It is banned by the Food and Drug Administration, but shipments from overseas suppliers still occasionally slip past customs." Apparently, the man ingested a brand made with toad venom. [NY Post]

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