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Blame Bleecker!

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The Villager wants to know why so many stores are closing on Hudson Street in the West Village, and an anonymous man who is most likely not Marc Jacobs or Ralph Lauren has a theory: "When asked why so many businesses on Hudson St. have been closing, a man who did not want to be identified replied, 'It's because of what's going on across the street,' referring to Bleecker St. 'It's because of all the Marc Jacobs and Ralph Laurens. They are killing the Village,' the man said. 'Ten years ago — mom-and-pop stores gone, restaurants gone, they're all gone.'" [Villager]