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The 38 Essential New York Stores, July 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 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.

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Barneys

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The Apple Store

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Bergdorf Goodman

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Nepenthes New York

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ABC Carpet

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Fishs Eddy

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Housing Works

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Moschino

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Diane von Furstenberg

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Aedes de Venustas

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C.O. Bigelow

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The Strand

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Kiehl's

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Ricky's

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Trash & Vaudeville

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Tokio 7

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Partners & Spade

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John Varvatos

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Patricia Field

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Resurrection Vintage

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Topshop

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Opening Ceremony

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Steven Alan Annex

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Dolce Vita

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The Dressing Room

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Gargyle

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Century 21

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Beacon's Closet

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Moon River Chattel

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Brooklyn Flea at One Hanson

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Barneys

The Apple Store

Bergdorf Goodman

Nepenthes New York

ABC Carpet

Fishs Eddy

Housing Works

Moschino

Diane von Furstenberg

Aedes de Venustas

Leffot

C.O. Bigelow

The Strand