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Urban Outfitters on the UWS; Ikea Does Subway Benches; More!

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And now, the latest from Racked NY, covering shopping and retail from the sidewalks up.

1) UWS: Hey, hipsters! Urban Outfitters will be opening a second UWS location at 2625 Broadway, between 99th and 100th streets, potentially calming neighborhood worries about empty storefronts. Opening's scheduled for this summer.

2) NYC: Also coming this summer: fashion-related public art! Specifically, designer-outfitted mannequins on Broadway. They'll be placed between Herald Square and Times Square and wearing one-of-a-kind designs from Tommy Hilfiger, Betsey Johnson, Diane von Furstenberg, and others. At least they won't be on top of buildings.

3) Paris: Over in Paris, Ikea has furnished Metro stations with snazzy sofas. Perhaps the fact that Ikea sofas can now double as subway benches explains why those renters at 50 Gramercy Park North were so upset?

· Racked []