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Chain Stores Invade Brooklyn; A Yeti Takes Over Saks' Windows

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

1) Brooklyn: Home of the artisanal and handmade? Not quite. In 2013, Brooklyn saw more chain stores open than any other borough.

2) Midtown East: There's a yeti living on the roof of Saks Fifth Avenue... or at least that's the story the store's holiday windows tell.

3) Soho: Hollister is looking to leave its flagship outpost at Broadway and Houston Street. The site is next door to the future COOKFOX office and retail building.

4) Everywhere: To help shoppers in this season of gift-giving, Racked updated its list of the 38 essential independent boutiques in New York City.
· Racked NY [ny.racked]