shopping 09.24.04


Built by Wendy, 193 Centre [Hester/Canal] 212.925.6538. From 9/30-10/2, Th 11-8, Fr 11-7, Sa 11-6, up to 80% off last year's fall merch.

French Connection/Nicole Farhi, 261 W. 36th [7th-8th] 2nd Flr, 888.741.3285. From 9/27-10/1, wholesale and below for sample and stock of women's and men's clothing. Women's sizes 2-10, men's sizes 28-38. No try-ons, no checks, prices start at $20 and top out at $200. M 11-7, Tu-Th 8:30-7, Fr 8:30-6:30.

Jheri Richards, 530 7th [38th/39th] Suite 509, 212.819.0444. From 10/6-10/22, M-F, 9-6, sample and stock sale of classic to fashion-forward outerwear, sportswear, and rainwear. Silhouettes in all lengths and hot fall colors. Sizes 2-18, 1x-3x, prices $15- $650.

Kartell, 45 Greene [Broome/Grand] 212.966.6665. Up to 50% off on select furniture and accessories from Philippe Starck, Ron Arad, and Piero Lissoni. Now thru 10/11, M-Sa 11-7, Su 12-6.

Mark Ingram, 127 E. 56th [Park/Lex] 212.319.6778. By appointment only, 9/25 and 9/26, up to 80% off couture bridal and evening gowns.

Poggesi Italian Home Style, 156 Wooster [Houston] 212.982.1147. Now thru 9/30, 11-7, up to 90% off bedding and linens.
Times Square
Yesterday's MUG, Names, discussed the city's proposal to begin selling naming rights to subways, bridges and tunnels. As several readers correctly pointed out (see below), Times Square is an example of this practice and the world didn't come to an end. That's true, but it is clearly an exception. We're hardly anti-commerce, but the city needs to maintain a clear distinction between the civic and the commercial.

From a reader: "I agree that selling naming rights of city sites to commercial entities is a travesty. But it isn't (entirely) without precedent. In 1904, 'Longacre Square' was renamed 'Times Square' by Mayor George McClellan. Yes, the Times was a local institution and indeed had just located there. Nor did the Times pay for the honor. But the re-naming came about only after energetic lobbying by the Times, and was granted by McClellan in an effort to curry favor with the paper and its publisher, Adolph Ochs."

More on Times Square…The Times Square Alliance has a wonderful website called Design Times Square, which looks at noteworthy architecture, interiors, public space, public art, and signage in that neighborhood. Until the end of the month, you can vote on your three favorite sites and be eligible to win two tickets to a Broadway show (plus dinner for two and a night at the W) or a $300 shopping spree at Toys R Us.

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