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Shopping in New York
Shopping at Midtown
Midtown Manhattan is home to two of the most famous shopping districts in the world: Madison Avenue and Herald Square. The former is the New York City headquarters of ridiculously high end, internationally renowned fashion houses like Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Calvin Klein, Chanel, and Roberto Cavalli, to name a few. This is where to go if you’re hoping to buy that coveted pair of Loubitain’s or Jimmy Choo’s. There is where to go for diamonds from French designer Cartier.
Herald Square is where the majority of the world is comfortably within their budget. It’s home to the flagship Macy’s department store, a sprawling JC Penney, Sephora, Forever 21, and Aldo. This is where to do if you’ve forgotten to pack something you just can’t do without.
Shopping in downtown Manhattan is all about Soho. This is where the 7 ft. tall Ukranian models can be glimpsed traipsing around looking far too skinny. It’s where the hippest, trendiest, most upscale boutiques are located, and where Manhattan’s cool kids come to hang out and be seen.
Like Brooklyn, Soho is where the up and coming designers come to build a name for themselves, do you won’t find as many big-names in Soho. Instead you’ll find boutiques like Palma and Patina that carry unique, not so famous brands that women love for their creativity. And if the boutique style isn’t really up your alley, Soho is also home to international name brands like H&M, J. Crew, and United Colors of Benetton.
If you’re on the Upper West Side, it’s worth checking out the GreenFlea. Around for nearly 25 years, it’s one of the oldest running flea markets in the city, and is unique for its vendors that make clothing and jewelry to order, as well as a great selection of antiques including furniture, cameras, artwork, and more.
Shopping in Brooklyn
Shopping in Brooklyn will give you access to a younger, hipper, slightly more bohemian edge than shopping in the expensive boutiques in Manhattan. Brooklyn is home to many of the up and coming clothing designers, the starving artists who are trying to make it big. You can find unique styles for a much more manageable price if you take the L-train to Brooklyn and take the time to explore the racks in the myriad of vintage stores.
The hippest shopping area is centered around the three main arteries of the neighborhood of Williamsburg: Bedford Avenue, Graham Avenue, and Grand Street. Here you’ll find classic, vintage clothes, quirky new designers, and some well stocked thrift stores and clothing exchanges. Head north to Greenpoint for an edgier, more alternative choice of fashions. Or head to the Brooklyn Flea on the weekend to dabble not only in clothes, but antiques and artisan food vendors as well.
New York City souvenirs are a dime a dozen, and if you keep your eyes open, you won’t have to do any work to seek them out. For kitsch and knick-knacks, you can find mementos at virtually every famous site you visit, including gift shops at the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square, and even the boroughs like Brooklyn.
If you make it to a sports game, the arenas and stadiums are great places to pick up sports themed t-shirts and jerseys for yourself or loyal fans back at home. And the Underground Concourse at Rockefeller Center is a labyrinth of souvenirs for all tastes, including mugs, sports clothing, and knick-knacks of all varieties.