And now the latest from Racked, covering shopping and retail from the sidewalks up.
1) East Village: Your chain store news of the day, to get things rolling: a Duane Reade is going right next to the Chase branch that replaced the 2nd Avenue Deli. Appropriately, it replaces a funeral parlor.
2) East Village: Above, some happy news for fans of the city's mom-and-pop stores. Seems the Essex Card Shop, after several decades on Avenue A between 2nd and 3rd Streets, will soon be expanding into the long-shuttered Coffee Pot café spot next door in a rare example of an old mom-and-pop getting bigger, instead of completely vanishing. Click through for a chat with the owners.