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On the Racked: Mallification of Bleecker Claiming Victims, MarcPacking District Details, Yamamoto in MePa, More

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And now, the latest from Racked, covering retail and shopping from the sidewalks up.


Storefronts sit empty on Bleecker Street. At far left, Charley and Kalley; at the center, Gerry's; at right, Condomania.

1) West Village: Racked checks in on the mallification of Bleecker Street and reports back that it's "killed locally-owned retail along the famed street." The verdict is that high-end retailers like Marc Jacobs, Coach, and Tommy Hilfiger are "driving up commercial rents on the block so that indie stores can no longer afford them." The result so many empty storefronts that it is "striking in comparison to the upscale businesses a few blocks away."

2) West Village: Speaking of Marc Jacobs, Racked has previously noted the opening of two Marcs in the West Village including a Little Marc for children's wear. Now, there's more detail on the Little Marc, which will be like the big Marc, but for kids through the age of 12.

3) MePa: Check out the status of One Gansevoort Street, which is the location of the 3,300-square-foot storefront is slated to become a Yohji Yamamoto boutique. By the looks of things, however, don't count on getting any holiday shopping done there. Maybe next year.

4) Williamsburg: Check out the new digs of Adorned on Bedford Avenue, which is triple the size of the East Village original.