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RackedWire: Get Ready for Gen Art's Shop NYC Event; Closings in Flatiron; Brooklyn Industries Expands

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Shopping in action!  Image via <a href="http://www.genart.org/shop/shop-newyork-09">Gen Art</a>
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MIDTOWN—Tomorrow starting at 6pm, Gen Art hosts its biannual Shop NYC event at 7 West 34th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Over 60 vendors, most of them young and culty, will be selling women's and men's clothing and accessories to ticket-holders until 10pm. Tickets, which you can buy here, are $15 if you're not already a Gen Art member, but for $40 you can arrive at 5pm and get at the good stuff first. [Gen Art]

FLATIRON— Writes a tipster, "I work in the Flatiron District and was walking up Fifth Avenue today marveling at the number of empty storefronts. Many of these have been recently vacated by stores who had been tenants for years. I was surprised to see that the Nine West store on the corner of 19th Street closed as recently as last week. Other recent closures: Searle, Bath & Body Works, the short-lived Lululemon Athletica, and several others which I can't remember right now. Crazy." Lululemon, at least, was temporary; it closed when the company opened a Union Square branch. The rest of those shops, however, weren't so lucky. [Racked Inbox]

SOHO—Brooklyn Industries adds an eighth NYC store to its empire of messenger bags, replacing Tripe 5 Soul at 290 Lafayette. [RackedWire]