And now, the latest from Racked, covering shopping and retail from the sidewalks up.
1) Downtown Brooklyn: Racked is live on the scene this morning of the Trader Joe's comes to Brooklyn parade, and is liveblogging the scene. Excerpts thus far: 10:36am: A government latecomer awkwardly pulls on his Hawaiian shirt. 10:38am: Here's Borough prez Marty Markowitz! He takes the mic: "Follow me down Court Street as we search for the first Trader Joe's site in Brooklyn!" More live, as it happens.
2) Lower East Side: At the corner of Ludlow and Rivington, the storefront that once held the sales office for LES development 154 Attorney Street is, as reported in Storefronting last September, being made over into a Steve Madden shoestore. Doublebonus: a Betsey Johnson store is opening next door in the old Rivington Arms art gallery space. Mercy.
3) Flatiron: Whoa, the Miss Sixty/Energie store coming to Broadway and 20th Street is freaking huge.