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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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1. Barneys

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

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767 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022

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. Uniqlo

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666 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016
1-877-486-4756
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6. Madewell

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115 5th Ave
New York, NY 10011

7. ABC Carpet

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

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

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143 W 17th St
New York, NY 10011
(718) 838-5050
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10. Comme des Garçons

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520 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10011

11. Diane von Furstenberg

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

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

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

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

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109 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10003

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. INA

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15 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 228-8511
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19. New World Order

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13 Avenue B
New York, NY 10009

20. Dolce Vita

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149 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002

21. Spiritual America

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5 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002

22. Erica Weiner

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173 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012

23. Creatures of Comfort

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205 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012

24. Prada

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575 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(212) 334-8888
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25. Rag & Bone

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119 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012

26. Odin

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199 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-0026
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27. Saturdays Surf

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31 Crosby St
New York, NY 10013

28. Alexander Wang

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103 Grand St
New York, NY 10013

29. Opening Ceremony

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35 Howard St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-2688
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30. What Goes Around Comes Around

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31. Steven Alan Annex

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103 Franklin St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 343-0692
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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. In God We Trust

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70 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

34. Beacon's Closet

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88 N 11th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 486-0816
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35. Bird

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203 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

36. Brooklyn Flea at One Hanson

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1 Hanson Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11217

37. Dear Fieldbinder

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198 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

38. Epaulet

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231 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

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1. Barneys

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

2. Apple

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. Uniqlo

666 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016
666 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016

6. Madewell

115 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011
115 5th Ave
New York, NY 10011

7. ABC Carpet

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

8. Fishs Eddy

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

9. Housing Works

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

10. Comme des Garçons

520 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10011
520 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10011

11. Diane von Furstenberg

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

12. Leffot

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

13. C.O. Bigelow

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

14. The Strand

828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003