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The 38 Essential New York Stores, April 2011

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Once again, it's time to update the Racked 38, our list of the city's definitive shopping experiences. Taken together, these 38 stores best capture the contrary mix of international fashion sense and local quirkiness and crazily high standards and crazily low prices that people look for when they take their credit cards out on the town. Because it's all about the mix, we tried to include a range of neighborhoods, price points, and merchandise, leaving out food shops (that's another list entirely) and anything that's been open less than six months.

Fashion might be cutthroat, but New York real estate is even tougher. So far, most of the stores that have been booted off the list since it debuted in December of 2009 have closed rather than fallen out of favor. This time around, we've lost Inven.tory in Nolita and the lovely APC Surplus in Williamsburg. To replace them, we're adding INA's Noho location because the mini-chain is such a crucial stop for consignment, and Dolce Vita, because while the brand might not be a pinnacle of quality, it does seem to turn up on the feet of every fashionable girl in the city.

We've also, after much consideration, decided to remove IF boutique—it might represent avant-garde fashion in a way that nobody else on the 38 does, but commenters were right that it doesn't feel terribly current. What does feel current: Garment District menswear store Nepenthes, which has garnered nothing but praise since it opened last fall.

Are you readying the pitchforks because your favorite boutique isn't on the list? Wouldn't it just be more productive to nominate it for inclusion? State your cases for (or against) stores in the comments or email the tipline.

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1. Barneys

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660 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065
(212) 826-8900
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2. The Apple Store

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767 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 336-1440
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3. Bergdorf Goodman

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754 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 753-7300
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4. Nepenthes New York

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307 W 38th St
New York, NY 10018
(212) 643-9540
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5. ABC Carpet

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881 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
(212) 473-3000
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6. Fishs Eddy

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889 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
(212) 420-9020
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7. Housing Works

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143 W 17th St
New York, NY 10011
(718) 838-5050
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8. Moschino

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401 W 14th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243-8600
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9. Diane von Furstenberg

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874 Washington St
New York, NY 10014
(646) 486-4800
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10. Leffot

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10 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 989-4577
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11. C.O. Bigelow

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414 6th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 533-2732
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12. The Strand

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828 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
(212) 473-1452
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13. Ricky's

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44 E 8th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-5247
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14. Trash & Vaudeville

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4 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003
(212) 982-3590
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15. Tokio 7

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83 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 353-8443
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16. Partners & Spade

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40 Great Jones St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 861-2827
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17. Oak

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28 Bond St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 677-1293
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18. Bond No.9

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9 Bond St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 228-1732
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19. John Varvatos

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315 Bowery
New York, NY 10003
(212) 358-0315
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20. Patricia Field

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302 Bowery
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-4066
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21. INA

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15 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 228-8511
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22. Prada

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575 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(212) 334-8888
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23. Uniqlo

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546 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(917) 237-8811
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24. Resurrection Vintage

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217 Mott St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 625-1374
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25. Odin

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199 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-0026
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26. Topshop

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478 Broadway
New York, NY 10013
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27. Muji

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455 Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 334-2002
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28. Opening Ceremony

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35 Howard St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-2688
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29. Steven Alan Annex

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103 Franklin St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 343-0692
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30. Dolce Vita

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149 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002

31. The Dressing Room

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75 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 966-7330
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32. Gargyle

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16 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(917) 470-9367
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33. Century 21

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22 Cortlandt St
New York, NY 10007
(212) 227-9092
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34. Fred Flare

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131 Meserole Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 349-1257
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35. Beacon's Closet

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88 N 11th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 486-0816
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36. Moon River Chattel

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62 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-1121
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37. Bird

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203 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
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38. Brooklyn Flea at One Hanson

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1 Hanson Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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1. Barneys

660 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065
660 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065

2. The Apple Store

767 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022
767 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022

3. Bergdorf Goodman

754 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022
754 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022

4. Nepenthes New York

307 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018
307 W 38th St
New York, NY 10018

5. ABC Carpet

881 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
881 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

6. Fishs Eddy

889 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
889 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

7. Housing Works

143 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011
143 W 17th St
New York, NY 10011

8. Moschino

401 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014
401 W 14th St
New York, NY 10014

9. Diane von Furstenberg

874 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
874 Washington St
New York, NY 10014

10. Leffot

10 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014
10 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014

11. C.O. Bigelow

414 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011
414 6th Ave
New York, NY 10011

12. The Strand

828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
828 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

13. Ricky's

44 E 8th St, New York, NY 10003
44 E 8th St
New York, NY 10003

14. Trash & Vaudeville

4 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
4 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003

15. Tokio 7

83 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003
83 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003

16. Partners & Spade

40 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012