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On the Racked: Gristedes Out of Stuy Town, In at Arris Lofts!

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

Rackage from Michael Aram, a newcomer to the Chelsea home furnishings scene.

1) Gramercy/Long Island City: The Supermarket Chronicles wind ever on. In Stuy Town, resident ruminations on why the loss of Gristedes ("actually a terrible grocery store") would be devastating for the neighborhood. In Long Island City, residents of our beloved new development Arris Lofts might be getting—a Gristedes! Lesson, as always: it's always better in Long Island City.

2) West Village: The mystery as to what store will fill the vacant Constanca Basto store at Hudson and West 11th is solved: psychedelic handbags!

3) Lower East Side: Hipster sneaker boutique ALife is now offering—a priority card? "It's kinda like a regular gift card, except holders are guaranteed eligibility for 'select offerings.'" The mind boggles.

Arris Lofts

27-28 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101