Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
Guerilla Shopper takes a break from covering sample sales to round up the coldest uptown retail establishments, which they've rated on a scale of one to five icicles. Best Buy on 86th and Lexington wins with five icicles ("so cold, you may need a cardigan.") The Metropolitan Museum of Art store gets rated a four, assuming you skip the steps and enter at base of museum. The Fifth Avenue Barnes & Noble receives mixed reviews due to its freezing air but limited seating, and the three-icicle count at the Food Emporium at Third and 82nd gets bumped up to five if you stay in the freezer area. Got other particularly frigid stores to recommend? To the comments section! [Guerilla Shopper]