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Welcome back to Neighborhood Style Showdown, our quest to determine New York City's most stylish neighborhood.
Left, MM6 in The West Village; Right, Alexander Wang in Soho
Here it is, the final showdown. In round one, The West Village whooped Nolita; in round two the WV clobbered The Lower East Side. Now the triumphant village faces off against Soho, who first beat The Meatpacking District and went on to smash Tribeca.
Who will be crowned the most stylish neighborhood in NYC? A little shopping analysis after the jump, along with your final voting opportunity.
The Main Drag
The West Village boasts Bleecker Street as its major shopping hub. Notable tenants include Alexis Bittar, Burberry Brit, Coach, Diptyque, Jack Spade, James Perse, Gant Rugger, Michael Kors, MM6, and Mulberry, just to name a few. Of course you can't leave out Mr. Marc Jacobs' small empire: a namesake collection store, twoMarc by Marc Jacobs shops (one for gals, one for guys), and his books 'n more store Bookmarc. The row is lined with trees and redbrick buildings that aren't higher than five-stories: it's enough to make you think you're on a film set for the perfect New York scene. Then you run into the line of tourists waiting diligently for their Magnolia Cupcakes.
Broadway is the undeniable retail king of Soho. Often un-walkable with tourists, it can be convenient for knocking out all of the cheap-chic stores—including many international flagships—in one go: two H&Ms, Forever 21, Uniqlo, Zara, Aritzia, Mango and more are all within steps of each other. Overwhelmingly, locals avoid this strip on weekends unless there is some kind of emergency that only a trip to Topshop will solve.
The Side Streets
The mostly residential side streets of The West Village are dotted with a few stores that have heavy cult followings. Perry Street's witty jewelry designer Tom Binns, you can find French brand A.P.C. on West 4th Street, Rag & Bone has an outpost on Chistopher Street, and Maison Martin Margiela calls Greenwich Street home. However, we can't fairly close this section without noting the high density of sex shops in The West Village.
Soho has two notable mini-districts outside of the Broadway row. In West Soho, you can find a bevy of designer shops on side streets. Wooster has a compact Barney's Co-op with Chanel at the Spring Street corner, you'll find Louis Vuitton and Chloé on Greene Street, and 3.1 Phillip Lim on Mercer Street. Down in South Soho, cool kids like Alexander Wang and Acne are on Grand Street and Opening Ceremony calls Howard Street home. Quiet can be found off the beaten path, but overall even the side streets are bustling with business across Soho.