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Accused Subway Sign Thief Lawyers Up; 666 Fifth's New Tenant

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

1) Midtown East: Ending months of speculation, 666 Fifth Avenue, the storefront Brooks Brothers abandoned in January 2009, could soon be home to Japanese retailer Uniqlo. The lease is reportedly "all but signed," but hey, that's the easy part, right?

2) Noho/Central Village: Busted Bowery antiques dealer Billy Leroy, known for selling subway signs, perhaps illicitly, has signed on with big-time civil rights lawyer Ronald Kuby. Kuby's argument: "Billy deserves some sort of M.T.A. entrepreneur-of-the-year award."

3) Midtown West: One Times Square block is soon to become even more nightmarish home to M.A.C., Forever 21, the Disney Store, and Swarovski. That means there's plywood! And signage! Racked takes a look.

· Racked []