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Toys “R” Us, Times Square

Macy’s Herald Square

South Street Seaport

Bloomingdale’s in SoHo

Bergdorf Goodman

Barneys New York

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Shopping in the Big Apple






    • Department stores
    • Malls
    • Boutiques
    • Fifth Avenue
    • Macy’s Herald Square
    • South Street Seaport
    • Outlet shopping



        Without a doubt, New York City is the place for shoppers, be they high-end luxury consumers or bargain-hunting price hagglers. From flea markets and sidewalk vendors to luxe locations on Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue and everything in between, retail is the mechanism that makes New York tick. Tourists come from all over the world to shop New York City style, and retailers are ready and waiting with an infinite supply of high fashions, jewelry, sportswear, electronics and everything else under the sun.

        Starting downtown, shoppers can visit the famed discount department store Century 21, electronics giant J&R Music World, and all of their mall favorites at  South Street Seaport (think Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch and Benetton).

        Next stop SoHo, where Bloomingdale’s has a downtown branch on Broadway, nestled in nicely with Prada’s flagship store and two—that’s right, two—H&M Stores. (There are a handful of H&Ms throughout the city.)

        Fashion boutiques and smart shops featuring everything from antiques to  books  to housewares (don’t miss household emporium ABC Carpet & Home) line the way to midtown, where the avid shopper will find mecca— Macy’s at 34th Street and Herald Square. “The world’s largest department store” is worth at least a full day’s visit for diehards, and definitely worth a gander for the non-shoppers, too.

        For those who haven’t yet gotten their fill or maxed out their credit cards, there’s more shopping to be experienced in Times Square with a slew of theme and novelty retailers as well as the gigantic Toys “R” Us featuring an indoor Ferris wheel.

        For more sophisticated shoppers, Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue, and Columbus Circle beckon. Does the name  Tiffany do anything for you? (57th and Fifth.) How about Barneys? (61st and Madison.) What about Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, and Saks Fifth Avenue? (All neatly lined up in a row on Fifth...well, maybe not in a neat row, but just look for their signature shopping bags and you’ll know you’re close.)

        And that’s just Manhattan...there’s unique shops and upscale malls and shopping areas located in all five boroughs, not to mention the mega malls of Long Island and New Jersey, or the outlet centers a little further from the city—but don’t worry, there are buses daily to take you to the bargains if you haven’t worn yourself out in the city.


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