Bleecker retail perks up

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The dismal retail environment may be changing — if the recent activity on Bleecker Street is any indication, according to the Wall Street Journal. The West Village shopping mecca has seen a recent influx of high-end boutiques, including Freemans Sporting Club and French brand A.P.C., moving into a neighborhood that, up until recently, saw more than its fair share of vacancies. “I hear more complaints about gentrification than about the boarded-up stores in the neighborhood,” Kim Herzinger, a former shopowner in the neighborhood, said. [WSJ]

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