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In mid-March, excellent little East Village consignment shop Tokio 7 will move out of its cramped basement space and into a 3000-square-foot storefront down the street. Like the old location, the new space occupies the bottom floor of a smallish residential building, but that's where the similarities end. In fact, Tokio 7's destination is so unlike anything else on the block of E. 7th Street between First and Second Avenues that local bloggers have taken to calling it the "7th Street Tumor" after the unnatural way it sprouts from the original building.
The tumor was tacked on as an addition in 2008, and for the past two years neighbors have worried that a loud bar or some otherwise uncharming retail operation would move in. From their perspective, having a local store take over the space is an unqualified win. From Tokio 7's point of view, this has to be good news, too—the new address is bigger and sleeker, and it's not down a flight of stairs. Look for the store to shut down March 9 for the big move.
· Tokio to Tumor [VNY]