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The 38 Essential New York Stores, October 2011

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Once again, it's time to update the Racked 38, our list of the city's definitive shopping experiences. You could spend your whole life exploring the city's retail scene, but these are the 38 stores that sum it up most completely—your answer and ours to any question that begins "Can you recommend a store that...?" Because it's all about the mix, we tried to include a range of neighborhoods, price points, and merchandise, leaving out food shops and anything that's been open less than six months.

This time around, we're removing two stores that shook up New York when they opened but have since settled in and lost some of their novelty. Now that the Bowery is lined with luxury hotels, it's getting hard to remember what a big deal it was when John Varvatos moved into the former home of CBGB. And now that Topshop has been open on Broadway for a couple years, we've all finally gotten used to having the UK's fastest fashion at our fingertips. Both stores have been replaced with young but promising upstarts: Creatures of Comfort in Nolita and Alexander Wang in Soho. Also, for housekeeping purposes, please note that we've swapped the Fifth Avenue Apple Store for its Meatpacking sibling until the midtown temple of tech reveals its hot new look.

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. Bergdorf Goodman

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

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

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

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

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

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401 W 14th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243-8600
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8. The Apple Store

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401 W 14th St
New York, NY 10014

9. Diane von Furstenberg

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

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9 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014

11. Leffot

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

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414 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011
(212) 533-2732
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13. The Strand

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

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109 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10003

15. Ricky's

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

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

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

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

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28 Bond St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 677-1293
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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. Creatures of Comfort

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205 Mulberry 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. Alexander Wang

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103 Grand St
New York, NY 10013

28. Muji

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

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

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

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149 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002

32. The Dressing Room

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

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

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22 Cortlandt St
New York, NY 10007
(212) 227-9092
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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. Bergdorf Goodman

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

3. Nepenthes New York

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

4. ABC Carpet

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

5. Fishs Eddy

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

6. Housing Works

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

7. Moschino

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

8. The Apple Store

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. Aedes de Venustas

9 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014
9 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014

11. Leffot

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

12. C.O. Bigelow

414 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011
414 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011

13. The Strand

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

14. Kiehl's

109 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003
109 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10003

15. Ricky's

44 E 8th St, New York, NY 10003