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UWS Getting Urban; Soho Hunks' Secrets Revealed; More!

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

1) Upper West Side: That crazy Urban Outfitters megastore with the faux old-timey storefronts is taking shape. Bizarre? Bizarre. Also, home goods store, er, Home Goods, is opening in the Columbus Square development.

2) Greenpoint: Vans, your favorite shoe brand when you were 12 and hated your parents, is building an indoor skate park on Franklin Street in the 'point!

3) Soho: Have you ever fought through the crowds of tourists at Broadway and Houston Street to walk by Hollister and get a look at those shirtless hunks that greet shoppers all day every day? Here's the secret to their permatans. Hint: it's a big ball of gas!

· Racked NY [ny.racked.com]