And now, the latest from Racked NY, shopping and retail from the sidewalks up?
1) FiDi/Battery Park City: The latest from under-construction mall luxe Brookfield Place at the World Financial Center: Salvatore Ferragamo has signed a lease for 4,200 square feet. He joins Michael Kors, Hermès, Burberry, Calypso St. Barth, and Equinox as tenants.
2) Upper East Side: Valentino's new outpost is in a four-story townhouse on Madison Avenue, and it's the brand's only U.S. store to have a VIP suite. Of course. Meanwhile, legendary Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper Betty Halbreich opens up her luxe Upper East Side pad.
3) Mother Nature: "Eccentric gym mogul" David Barton really thinks carriage horses ought to roam free.
4) The Met: The Costume Institute's punk exhibit, complete with a graffiti-ed CBGB bathroom replica, lured 442,350 visitors, which outdid the Prada/Schiaparelli show but failed to match Alexander McQueen's crowds.
· Racked NY [ny.racked]