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The 38 Essential New York Stores, April 2012

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Once again, it's time to update the Racked 38, our list of the city's most essential stores. It's impossible to sum up the city's retail scene, but this is our rough guide—a round-up of the places worth browsing whether you're a tourist or a New York City lifer.

We tried to include a range of neighborhoods, price points, and merchandise, leaving out food stores and anything that's been open less than six months. This time around, we're removing Aedes de Venustas, Pat Field, and Moschino—not because they don't each present unique, delightful shopping experiences, but because they're not terribly reflective of where New Yorkers shop now. In their place, we've added two current staples—Rag & Bone and Madewell—as well as Lower East Side newcomer Spiritual America.

Got other suggestions? We're always looking for reader input, especially since we update the list once a quarter. State your cases for (or against) stores in the comments or email the tipline. And don't forget to check out the updated Racked 38s from our sister sites: Racked LA, Racked Chicago, and Racked National.

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Barneys

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Bergdorf Goodman

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Nepenthes New York

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Madewell

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ABC Carpet

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Fishs Eddy

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Housing Works

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Comme des Garçons

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Diane von Furstenberg

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C.O. Bigelow

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The Strand

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Kiehl's

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Partners & Spade

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New World Order

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Dolce Vita

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Spiritual America

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Erica Weiner

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Creatures of Comfort

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Rag & Bone

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Saturdays Surf

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Alexander Wang

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Opening Ceremony

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What Goes Around Comes Around

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Steven Alan Annex

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Gargyle

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In God We Trust

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Beacon's Closet

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Brooklyn Flea at One Hanson

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Dear Fieldbinder

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Epaulet

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