1) Midtown: JC Penney (yes, JC Penney) is coming to the Manhattan Mall space in Summer 2009. In the meantime, they've marked their territory with huge signs.
2) Red Hook: The debut of Ikea is going to include "twenty-foot pop-up IKEA room settings throughout the city" placed in spots like Union Square and Borough Hall, Cadman Plaza the Public Library in Brooklyn. Also "huge sculptures of local landmarks like the Empire State building and the Brooklyn Bridge out of Ikea cardboard boxes" outside the new store.
3) Midtown: Racked reports that reinforcements were brought into the Diane von Furstenburg sale today in the form of 4,000 additional pieces.
4) Chelsea: It is, of course, the beginning of bikini season. Here's a Racked photo gallery of some offerings from Keiko's, which is "a true atelier."