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Lincoln was wearing a suit from then-47-year-old downtown store Brooks Brothers when he was shot, food shop Sahadi's used to anchor a long-gone neighborhood called Little Syria, and Mark Twain shopped at Village apothecary Bigelow's. Want more NYC retail trivia? The authors of The Historic Shops and Restaurants of New York: A Guide to Century-Old Establishments in the City, are currently answering readers' questions at the City Room blog, and we'd say it's about 80% interesting. (We're knocking off 20% for the question about why the Flatiron District is called the Flatiron District, which, believe it or not, has something to do with the Flatiron Building being right there.) [NYT]