And now, the latest from Racked, covering retail and shopping from the sidewalks up.
1) MePa: The monstrous lines are gone and the frenzy has died down at the new Apple store on 14th Street. As things settle down, there is major discovery: the place has no bathrooms. Anyone heading over for iGoods should read this, lest they find themselves needing to go with no place to go.
2) Bed-Stuy: A Brooklyn theater is using an American Apparel spoof ad for their new show, Cats on Broadway. The show "brings together an all-volunteer cast of performers, musicians, stagehands, and designers to reflect the emotional conflicts of the gentrification of Brooklyn while satirizing both the utopian reform schemes and self-pitying nihilism..."
3) Boerum Hill: There may be more chain on Smith St., but there are also new small, locally-owned operations. The latest is streetwear boutique Rime.
4) West Village: For a gym with an excellent new floor, head to the Equinox on Greenwich. Per a tipster: "...these tiles seem to be an upgrade from the ones that are currently in use, which will surely make the, er, boys happy."