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Once again, it's time to update the Racked 38, our list of the city's most essential stores. It'd be impossible to sum up the entire shopping scene, but this is our rough guide—a north-to-south round-up of the places worth browsing, whether you're a tourist or an NYC lifer.
Since New York retail is always changing, we revisit this list once a quarter, adding pertinent new shops or ones that have recently stepped up their game. This time around, we've included three Soho newbies: Birchbox, the online-to-offline beauty mega-store; & Other Stores, H&M's buzzy sister brand, and Broken English, the L.A. import that's introduced under-the-radar fine jewelry lines to Crosby Street.
We'll update the list again this winter, and we're always looking for reader input. State your cases for (or against) stores in the comments or email the tipline.
30/10/2014: Added: Birchbox, & Other Stories, Broken English
04/08/2014: Added: Story, Space Ninety 8, Kirna Zabete
01/23/2014: Added: Dover Street Market
10/03/2013: Added: Personnel of New York, Swords-Smith, Carson Street Clothiers
07/09/2013: Added: Saint Laurent, Warby Parker, American Two Shot, Kate Spade, Pilgrim Surf + Supply
04/02/2013: Added: Dagny + Barstow, Otte, Sephora Meatpacking
01/08/2013: Added: Saks Fifth Avenue, Owen, Charlotte Olympia