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Storefronting: Brooklyn Industries & Loehmann's Square Off

1) Chelsea: Brooklyn Industries keeps proving to be an exception to the rule that things start out cool in Manhattan, then head to Brooklyn for general dispersal. The clothing mini-empire is spreading to the old Pine Tree Market space at the corner of 18th and Eighth. [BlogChelsea]
2) East Village: Meanwhile, in 2nd Ave. Deli land: "Don't know if anyone's tipped you off to this, but there's a Cold Stone Creamery under construction on 2nd Avenue between 9th and 10th (on the same block as the Thirsty Scholar and the Telephone Bar). It's there one three blocks away on Astor Place? Is Cold Stone the new Starbucks?" [Storefronting inbox]
3) Upper West Side: Discount clothier Loehmann's is opening a 37,000-square-foot flagship store at 2101 Broadway, and they're looking for at least two more Manhattan sites for new stores. The flagship space, at 73rd Street, is currently occupied by a Gristedes. [NYBiz]
4) UES: "The NorthWEST Corner of 79th & York - which once housed a liquor store, dry cleaners, nail salon and flower shop - is being turned into a Chase Bank. Kind of like the one on the NorthEAST corner of 79th & York. Yes, the bank is moving across the street to take up four full stores of space. Coming soon to the old Chase Bank - given that there is already a Duane Reade on the block - the only other option is another nail salon. Would it be too much to ask for a decent bar/restaurant on York besides David Copperfields?? C'mon already!" Sugar, it's the Upper East Side! [Storefronting inbox]
5) Park Slope: Posey Barker, a "stylish and tasteful antique furniture store," is styling and tasting all over Fifth Avenue near St. John's. It replaced the "Frida Kahlo store." [OTBKB]