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Shopping in New York City: Handcrafts, Souvenirs & Malls

Shopping in New York

In such a large, cosmopolitan city that is always on the cutting edge of trends, you are bound to find a great selection of shopping options. Here in New York, you can find from fantastic bargains and small souvenirs to high-end designer clothing and the most exclusive accessories. New York has pretty much everything anyone might desire. You can shop at the many street markets, at the renowned shops in Times Square and along 5th Avenue, or at the large outlet malls in the suburbs, which you can visit on a shopping tour or on your own.

In New York, you can find shopping centers, department stores, boutiques, markets, and all sorts of specialty shops throughout the city. Shopping is one of New York's best attractions, so you can expect to find the trendiest clothing and accessories, cutting edge technology, stylish home furnishings, music, books, toys, sporting goods, delicatessens and lots more. Most department stores and outlet retailers offer great end of season deals, so you can be sure that you'll get fantastic items at incredible prices. New York's fashion industry is on a par with those in Paris and Milan and you'll find the trendiest and edgiest fashion here. It really is a fantastic shopping destination.

Manhattan boasts some of the best shopping in town. Here, you can find malls, department stores, and markets, along with the famous 5th Avenue and Times Square.

Times Square

Shopping in New York

Shopping in Times Square is an original and exciting experience. The large signs illuminating the sky, advertising the wealth of stores and products available, are truly a spectacular sight to see. You can find exclusive clothing stores, electronics shops, toy shops, like Toys ''R'' Us, and candy shops such as Dale & Thomas Pop Corn, and Hershey's. The famous CBS Store, with a plethora of merchandise based on the most popular television shows, is also here along with a myriad of stores offering every NYC souvenir imaginable. Times Square is also home to Broadway, one of New York's greatest tourist attractions.

Fifth Avenue

Shopping in New York

This is New York's most exclusive shopping neighborhood, home to the fashion district, upscale apartment buildings, restaurants, bars, and hip designer shops. The shopping district comprises an area between 34th Street and 60th Street. These streets are well-known for their fine stores, such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Prada, BVLGARI, Van Cleef & Arpels, Kenneth Cole, Ermenegildo Zegna, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Sergio Rossi, Salvatore Ferragamo and many more.

The length of this world-famous street, you can find important landmarks and some of New York's most notable attractions. The Empire State Building, the Rockefeller Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Saint Patrick's Cathedral are all located here.

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets (Hudson Valley)

Shopping in New York

Located in Central Valley an hour away from Manhattan, is the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, an open-air mall with more than 220 luxury outlet stores, such as Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Versace, and many others. You can also find jewelry stores, home furnishings, and countless other national brand name shops, all selling goods at reduced prices. If you are an avid shopper you'll love this fantastic shopping destination.

Century 21

Shopping in New York

This store is directly in front of what was once the World Trade Center, in the financial district. It is a renowned department store, famous for its fantastic sales, especially the end of season sale. You can find designer clothes from Versace, Hugo Boss, Marc Jacobs, and many others. Stop by this store, you'll always find several items on sale.

Manhattan Mall

Shopping in New York

This is one of New York's most popular shopping malls. It features a variety of stores carrying all sorts of merchandise, and there are also restaurants and art galleries. It's located on 33 rd Street and 6th Avenue.

Kings Plaza Shopping Center

Shopping in New York

This mall, located in Brooklyn, has all the popular national chain stores like Sears, Macy's and GAP, as well as New York & Company, and Modells. There are also many specialty stores, such as Godiva Chocolate. In fact, this is Brooklyn's largest mall, featuring over 150 stores and restaurants.

Bay Plaza Shopping Center

At this mall, in the Bronx, you'll find a great variety of merchandise, such as electronics, clothing, shoes, furniture, and a couple of restaurants. It is anchored by Marshall's, Old Navy, Toys ''R'' Us, JC Penney, and Modell's Sporting Goods.

The Shop at Atlas Park

Shopping in New York

This excellent mall offers a very complete shopping experience. Clothing stores, gift shops, jewelry stores, and restaurants, are all located here. Situated in Queens, the architecture is simply beautiful, as are the landscaped grounds.

Other Malls in Queens:

  • Broadway Mall
  • Queens Center
  • Queens Place Mall
  • 888 Flushing Mall
  • The Bay Terrace at Bayside
  • Queens Crossing
  • Target

Staten Island Mall

Shopping in New York

Staten Island Mall, anchored by Macy's and Sears, offers the best in shopping, entertainment, and dining. It features fantastic brand name retailers, such as Victoria's Secret, GAP Kids and Baby GAP, Banana Republic, Guess, Ann Taylor and others.

Markets

Shopping in New York

However, the other side of the coin are the numerous markets found in the area, where locals buy all sorts of fresh produce, organic food, clothing, shoes, home furnishings, antiques, and just about anything else. If you want to go to any of the markets, just check listings for times and schedules because although some are permanent, others only open on certain days or seasons. The following is a comprehensive list of markets, grouped by area or neighborhood:

In Manhattan

  • Union Square Greenmarket
  • Hells Kitchen Flea Market
  • Fulton Street Plaza Flea Market
  • SoHo Antiques and Flea Market
  • 97th Street Greenmarket
  • La Marqueta

In Queens

  • Barterama Flea Market
  • St. Nicholas of Tolentine Outdoor Flea Market
  • Bingo Hall Flea Market

In Brooklyn

  • Canarsie Flea Market
  • Regina Center Flea Market
  • Seventh Avenue Flea Market

In the Bronx

  • Fordham Plaza Flea Market
  • St. John's School Flea Market
  • Bronx Flea For All

In Staten Island

  • St. Vincents Flea Market
  • Underground Flea Market
  • Baltic Bazaar

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