How has the economic downturn affected a cozy-chic downtown Manhattan neighborhood? We surveyed the retail territory around Gawker HQ in NoLIta. What'd we find out there? Lots of closed stores and a lot of sales.

Intern Whitney Jefferson traversed a few blocks around our front door — between Bowery and Laffayette, Houston and Kenmare — peering in the windows of cutesy boutiques and club-thumping clothing stores. What she found was a pretty grim picture. "80% Off" sales. Shuttered windows. All the sad evidence of a material world in decline.

Below is a list of the shops she surveyed along with a handy map. Happy cheap shopping, you broke bastards!

Red shows stores that are closed or empty. Yellow is the shops promoting discounts of 50% or more.

The Recession Map of NoLIta


1. Triple Five Soul Apparel - 290 Lafayette St. - 50-70% Off

2. WESC - 282 Lafayette St. - 70% Off

3. Christian Audiger - 273 Lafayette St. - 30-50% Off

4. L P & P New York - 250 Lafayette St. - 80% Off

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5. Bicycle Habitat - 242 Lafayette St. - Bikes Reduced by $3,000+

6. Lilliput SoHo Kids - 240 Lafayette St. - 40-50% Off

7. Sissy - 231 Lafayette St. - 50% Off

8. Parasuco - 60 Spring St. - 70% Off

9. Mary Jaeger - 51 Spring St. - Closed, Moved

10. Spring Communication, LLC - 50 Spring St. - Dirt Cheap Cell Phone Plans (see image)

11. Varazioni - 214 Mulberry St. - 60% Off

12. Coqueta Lingeries - 215 Mulberry St. - 50% Off

13. Think Closet - 230 Mulberry St. - 30-50% Off, Cheap Coats

14. Bul Bul - 230 Mulberry St. - $80 Couture Dresses

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15. Cutie Room - 234 Mulberry St. - 40, 70, and then 90% Off (see image)

16. MK Lifestyle - 236 Mulberry St. - Closed, For Rent

17. Shane Shawn - 238 Mulberry St. - $25 Shoes Sample Sale

18. Nanja Yeoja Boutique - 241 Mulberry St. - Closed, For Rent

19. Amalia - 44 Prince St. - 50-80% Off Storewide

20. Femmegems NoLita - 280 Mulberry St. - Closed

21. Poppy - 281 Mott St. - 30-70% Off

22. Bara Bock - 279 Mott St. - Closed

23. The Shoe NY - 272 Mott St. - 20-50% Off

24. Christopher Totman - 262 Mott St. - 30-75% Off

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25. Modo - 252 Mott St. - 50% Off Prescription Lenses

26. Lugo Tailored Menswear - 246 Mott St. - Closed, For Rent

27. Belle - 242 Mott St. - 70% Off

28. Baby Blue Line - 238 Mott St. - 70% Off

29. Alice + Olivia - 219 Mott St. - Store For Rent

30. Nancy Koltes - 29 Spring St.- 40-80% Off, Changed to 50-90% Off

31. Barsow - 170 Elizabeth St. - For Rent

32. Tricia's Place - 171 Elizabeth St. - 25-50% Off

33. The Red Threads - 190 Elizabeth - 30-50% Off

34. Character - 19 Prince St. - 40% Off

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35. Varazioni - 23 Prince St. - "Last Call" 80% Off

36. Eleven - 11 Prince St. - 20% Off, Changed to 40% Off

37. Unis - 226 Elizabeth St. - 50% Off

38. Kitt - 228 Elizabeth St. - 70% Off

39. La Petite Princesse - 232 Elizabeth St. - All Clothes $59-$69

40. GirlCat - 237 Elizabeth St. - 20-40% Off

41. EMC2 - 240 Elizabeth St. - Huge Sale (see image) ex. Coats $995 down to $295

42. Kipepeo - 248 Elizabeth St. - Closed, For Rent

43. Silver Goddess - 259 Elizabeth St. - Closed, For Rent

44. RS Equipment Corp. - 274 Bowery - For Rent

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45. Bowery Home Supply - 270 Bowery - For Rent

46. The Chair Factory - 214 Bowery - "Red Tag Sale"

47. Manhattan Realty Corp - 8 Spring St. - Moved, For Rent

48. B. Tiff - 244 Mulberry St. - Jewelry: Buy 1, Get One Free

49. John Fluevog - 250 Mulberry St. - 60% Off

50. Gates of Morocco - 8 Prince St. - Going Out of Business Sale