New York is a shopper’s paradise. You can find some of the best bargains and some of the most expensive items here. Beware of “going out of business” stores as well as electronics and camera stores that are not well known. Many sell “gray market” items at high prices and you may do better going to a national retailer. However, for most items you can find good bargains if you search. Here is some information about some of the major shopping areas.
One of the hottest, trendiest areas in the city, just down the block from Chelsea Pines. Fashionistas love to browse the big-name designer shops (Jeffrey’s, Diane von Furstenburg, Stella McCartney, Hugo Boss et al) and dine at the constantly changing hot new restaurants (Pastis and Spice Market are keepers). And, of course, you’ll want to check out the Apple Store, just a block away from us at 14th Street and 9th Avenue.
While Soho used to be the place to go for unique stores and galleries, Chelsea is now the place to go for high-end shopping and art. Start at Chelsea Market, the old Nabisco cookie building where the Oreo was invented, and where you can get just about any kind of food (soups, brownies, potpies, rugelach) all day long. From 14th Street uptown to 29th Street, between 8th Avenue and the Hudson River, there are several hundred galleries showcasing emerging and cutting edge art, photography, sculpture, and multi-media works. See www.chelseaartgalleries.com for more information.
A great guide for information about cultural events and galleries in Chelsea is Destination Chelsea (www.destinationchelsea.org)
Soho still has a major presence in the city, but it is now the site for many major national retailers. Walking down Broadway from Houston Street to Canal Street you will find a mix of shops for almost every taste. There are still many art galleries in the area, so don’t forget to walk around the side streets as well.
Shoes on W 8th Street. Tattoos and body piercing on St. Marks Place. Leather chaps and harnesses on Christopher Street. The now famous Magnolia Bakery cupcakes on Bleecker Street. The cool, funky stores you’ll find on every street in the East Village, and some of the most interesting restaurants for serious foodies (check out the Momofuku Noodle shop). Cool.
From Bergdorf Goodman and Tiffany’s at 57th Street down past Trump Tower and Rockefeller Center with its legendary ice-skating rink, 5th Avenue is an exciting and unique shopping experience. Sak’s (at 50th Street) and Lord and Taylor (at 40th Street) are two major luxury department stores that are worth a look. Additionally, many other retailers have stores on the avenue.
6th Avenue 17th to 20th Streets
Major national and regional retailers have staked out a claim to this area, once the premiere shopping district in the City. Check out Bed Bath and Beyond and the Container Store for household goods, Filene’s Basement and Marshalls for clothing. All at 19th Street.
Madison Avenue 44th Street to 80th Street
Brooks Brothers is at 44th Street, Barneys at 61st Street, and galleries (starting in the 60s) are the hallmark of this most expensive of shopping districts.
The world’s largest store. Larger than most shopping malls, Macy’s can be confusing and overwhelming, or impressive and exciting. Taking up an entire city block on 34th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue, Macy’s is host to many special events like the Thanksgiving Parade, the Flower Show in the spring, and the 4th of July Fireworks.
“It’s like no other store in the world.” Rumor has it that when Queen Elizabeth came to New York it was the first place she wanted to go. Today, queens from around the world still think so. Worth the trip uptown to Lexington Avenue at 59th Street.
The best-kept secret in NYC (they never advertise)! Best prices on designer labels for men and women plus housewares and a separate shoe store. A must for bargain hunters! Located opposite the World Trade Center site.