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. The Square's flagship store has nine floors and one million square feet of retail space tucked behind its glass and wrought iron doors on 34th Street. Despite a daily flood of tourists, Macy's is worth the visit, offering a large selection of mid-range clothing, an expansive selection of housewares, mattresses and furniture, and even a cellar-level gourmet food market.
Beyond Macy's at 33rd Street and Broadway is one of the few traditional indoor malls in New York City, the Manhattan Mall. In July, 2009, JCPenney opened a 150,000-square-foot anchor store — its first in Manhattan — in the lower levels of the mall. The Manhattan Mall is also home to many well-known retailers, like Aeropostale, Express, Hallmark, Footlocker, Radio Shack, and Toys 'R Us. It has entrances on Avenue of the Americas and on West 32nd Street and West 33rd Street.
There are certainly other, albeit less frequented, retailers in the Herald Square area as well. For slightly smaller crowds and non-indoor-mall experience, hop between a few of the area's other shops, including Forever 21, Zales, H&M, Cliquer's, Sleepy's, and Jack's 99 Cent Store. You're bound to find something to love in this retail hub.