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At today's ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Upper West Side, Mayor Bloomberg praised Century 21 for opening its downtown location just after 9/11. But not everyone had kind words for the new store, which replaced Barnes & Noble. "We've lost our small independent bookstores and it's ironic that we lost one of the big corporate ones too," said local resident David Tereshchuk. "But now we miss even the big giant. Being able to buy discounted designer clothes isn't much of a compensation." [DNAinfo]

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