Your Destination Guide to New York City

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New York City is, of course, a hub for great shopping. From Chinatown to Madison Ave. and everything in between, the Big Apple delivers. Stop in at the huge Macy's at Times Square, the Borders at Penn Station, or any of the thousands of places in the city and experience shopping at its best.

New York City Shopping

Canal Street / Chinatown
Chelsea Market
  • Chelsea Market
  • Foodies, look no further: Chelsea Market is a gourmet mini-mall where every ingredient is at your fingertips. Once the Nabisco headquarters, this 22-building complex became Chelsea Market in 1997. The building fills two entire blocks between 9th and 11th Avenues and 15th and 16th Streets.
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East Village
  • East Village
  • Famous as the birthplace of American punk and home of the legendary CBGBs, the gritty, artistic vibe of the East Village still exists in its many alternative clothing retailers and independent book and music stores.
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Fifth Avenue
  • Fifth Avenue
  • For world-class shopping featuring some of the best-known names in fashion as well as an abundance of top-quality makeup, jewelry, and accessories, look no further than New York City's Fifth Avenue.
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Flea Markets
  • Flea Markets
  • From oranges to antiques, there is nothing you can't find at New York's flea markets. And that includes a great deal: the selections are amazing without retail mark-up.
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Green Markets
  • Green Markets
  • Images of New York as a smog-filled metropolis will be banished after spending an afternoon in one of the city's many green markets. The Council on the Environment of New York City has been providing New Yorkers with regional produce for over 30 years.
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Herald Square and the Manhattan Mall
  • Herald Square and the Manhattan Mall
  • If you've ever woken up on Thanksgiving morning and turned on your television, you've seen it: Macy's in Herald Square. Since 1902, the world's largest department store has been more of a cultural icon than a shopping destination.
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Lexington Avenue
  • Lexington Avenue
  • Transitioning from midtown to the Upper East Side, Lexington Avenue provides various shopping attractions from 50th to 69th street. This 20-block stretch houses a variety of small stores, including jewelry, shoe, and home furnishing boutiques.
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Madison Avenue
  • Madison Avenue
  • From Polo to Prada, to Dolce and Gabbana, this shopping avenue is all about luxury labels and designer brands. Known as the "gold coast of shopping", Madison Avenue's ultra stylish couture comes with ultra-high prices.
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Queens Center Mall & Steinway Street
  • Queens Center Mall & Steinway Street
  • Queens may not beat the extravagance of Saks Fifth Avenue, Bulgary or Bloomingdales, but it will certainly beat the prices, and by far. So if you are on a budget, take a break from the midtown scene and give the borough a chance.
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Shops at Columbus Circle
Smith Street, Brooklyn
  • Smith Street, Brooklyn
  • Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens: These three small communities in northern Brooklyn form "BoCoCa," one of the many recently gentrified areas in the borough.
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  • SoHo
  • When shopping in SoHo, you can have it all: from brand name and designer shops to unique boutiques, from clothing to furniture to art. You may even stumble upon a small factory or two that once defined the area.
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Times Square
  • Times Square
  • It's crammed. It's jammed. It's slammed with people, buildings, and colossal flashing advertisements. It's Times Square, "the Crossroads of the World," the Broadway, 7th Avenue, and 42nd Street intersection that never sleeps.
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Union Square
  • Union Square
  • In New York City, you can find popular fashion boutiques like DSW and Filene's Basement, along with superstores like Whole Foods and Virgin Megastore, in pretty much any neighborhood.
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Upper West Side: Columbus Avenue
Young Designer's Market
  • Young Designer's Market
  • Some swear that the best shopping in Manhattan is on Fifth Avenue. If you hang with Louis or Tiffany that might be the case, but if not, the Young Designer's Market is a much cheaper and more unique option.
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