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New York City is turning into a giant shopping mall; it's not just your imagination. More chain stores have been opening in New York City than any time in recent memory, and there was a huge surge in the number of chain store locations in the five boroughs between 2013 and 2014. According to an annual report from Center for an Urban Future, the increase was 2.8 percent across the board and 3.4 percent in Brooklyn....
Despite the fact that many New Yorkers have an almost perverse amount of pride in the fact that there are no Walmarts within the city's limits, just as many New Yorkers have an almost delirious enthusiasm for Target. (Or, as moms like to say, "Targets.") Oh, sure, there are a bunch of reasons why this is the case, not least that Walmart is owned by an incredibly conservative, notoriously dickish family, which doesn't pay...
We've officially entered fall preview season, which means it's time to inflate your brain to maximum information-holding capacity: New York Magazine just unveiled a massive fall retail preview, and—surprise!—a lot of the stores are in Brooklyn. Surprise #2: Not all of them are located in Williamsburg! This fall, prepare yourselves (and your sweater budgets) for a boutique inside a Bed-Stuy brownstone, a clearance-only Neiman Marcus in Brooklyn Heights, and yes, that J. Crew in Williamsburg you've...
Your favorite indie jewelry store (with the world's prettiest Instagram) is about to get bigger: Catbird is opening a second outpost just a few blocks south! The store, located at 540 Driggs Ave between N. 7th and N. 8th Sts, will be a tad smaller than the original, decade-old Catbird on Bedford Ave, at 200 square feet. Slated to open September 26 (around the same time J. Crew will arrive nearby), Catbird's wedding annex will...

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