Bleecker St.'s Inexorable March Toward Becoming the Short Hills Mall Continues

Last time we'd checked in with the Sex in the City tour's fave street, it was barely hanging on to some semblance of charm, what with the hordes gathered on the sidewalk in front of Magnolia Bakery and the ever-multiplying Ralph Lauren stores. Now WWD reports that the street is mere leases away from becoming Manhattan's version of an upscale suburban mall, with a Marc Jacobs (the third on the street), a Tod's and a Lanc me store all poking around for space. What is it about Bleecker Street? Why, let's go straight to the authority on these things. No, not Candace Bushnell—a real estate broker, silly.

"I see Bleecker Street as an alternative to Madison Avenue," said Joel Isaacs, who has brokered five deals in the last two years on Bleecker Street. "It's got a great deal of momentum and a great deal of buzz."
Yes, turning a formerly charming downtown street into block after block of boring Upper East Side chain stores sounds pretty buzz-worthy. (By the way, if Eve gets replaced by a Marc Jacobs store, we're moving.)

Luxe Factor Gets Boost on Bleecker [WWD]

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