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This week, writer Mike Albo gets in touch with his inner prepster at J.Crew's new men's shop in the former Liquor Store bar in Tribeca. He stops in with his friend Carl; they're both entranced with the place, though they do stumble across a few unfortunate items while browsing: "Carl and I stopped in front of a stack of vintage V-neck sweater vests, which were decorated with bright snowflakes and squares around the collar and waist. They were interesting, but they were also $200. A magnetic store person walked up and persuaded Carl to try one on. The little sweater made him resemble a Keebler elf in grad school. Carl politely returned the garment, and I pulled him out, before one of us went home with something we would regret the next morning." [NYT]