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On the Racked: Michelangelo in Astor Place, Store Won't Die

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

1) East Village: The looooong construction effort to turn Astor Place's shuttered Barnes & Noble into a sexed-up David Barton Gym is nearly complete. Racked got a preview, and the space "has four levels, with mood lighting and cherrywood floors, and even a replica of Michelangelo's David. The yoga room is candle-lit, and there are separate group fitness and spinning areas. In order to meet anticipated demand during busy hours, the gym boasts two of each strength machine, including varieties we'd never seen before." Never seen before.

2) Chelsea: Hey, remember when Soho club-kid emporium Lounge lost its lease back in the fall of 2008? The place just. won't. die. After an epic closing sale and another final clearance sale at the old Limelight, a Lounge Outlet has popped up on Sixth Avenue and 19th Street. We can almost feel the pumping bass from here.

3) Nolita: Vintage shop Zachary's Smile is currently getting its ass handed to it by the construction-happy MTA. Solution: Turn a nearby basement space into a completely new store. Take that, train geeks!

· Racked []