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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 New York retail scene's contrary mix of international style and local quirk, of crazily high standards and crazily low prices, of fashion-world excess and bare-bones access. 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.
Once again, the cruel winds of New York City real estate have swept a shop off the list. This time around, we're saying goodbye to cuteness emporium Fred Flare, which shuttered its Greenpoint location back in May. In its place, we're adding the original Kiehl's location in the East Village in recognition of the brand's banner year, which includes the launch of a spa later this summer. We're also cutting out Bond No. 9 at the behest of a commenter who argues convincingly that Aedes de Venustas is a much better perfume shop. See? We listen to you guys!
Speaking of which: 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.Read More