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With only a few days left in 2009, it's time to look back at a year of dizzying highs and crushing lows, a year when every empty storefront held a pop-up shop and every sidewalk a sample sale line. Folks, it's the annual (three years running!) Racked Recap. This week, we'll be reliving our biggest and brightest (and saddest and darkest) moments, from the best collabs to the worst pop-up shops. Take a deep breath of the sweet, sweet nostalgia.

Stores come and go in New York, but sometimes, like a popular girl with a geeky neighbor's birthday party, they say they are coming and then make you wait and wait. But we all know that when they do show up, we'll just be glad to see them. In that spirit, join us for a look back at the most delayed store openings of 2009.

3.) Longchamp: The updated Longchamp space at 63rd and Madison is still wrapped in construction boards featuring a photo of Kate Moss so big you have to cross the street to see her properly. Unfortunately for Upper East Siders, the store's opening date is still TBA.

2.) Hermès Men: The big, orange-wrapped store on Madison has been taunting Upper East Side men for months now. But things are looking up; as of two weeks ago, they appear to be hiring.

1.) The East River Plaza: Seriously people, shake a leg here. We need our housewares and designer collabs like yesterday, and the Target to Go pop-up shop only whetted our appetites. Harlem's East River Plaza has been wrapped up in red tape for 15 years, and its first, possibly Chanel-hawking, tenant, Costco opened in November. If all goes well, Manhattan should be getting its Target this spring. But really, when was the last time all went well? We'll be crossing our fingers that the East River Plaza doesn't wind up topping this list in 2010.
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