New York City Guide
You don't have to be a native New Yorker to act like one—not if you use our New York City Guide
. Want to seamlessly travel between neighborhoods, find the city's best pizza or learn insider tips on hotels or permanent housing? Our New York City Web Guide points you to the Big Apple’s vast array of fun activities: Visit New York’s most famous attractions, see a show, catch the big game, attend a gallery opening, spot a celebrity and much more. We also offer a Spanish-language version of the Guide
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New York City shopping is like shopping in paradise, regardless of your budget. Whether you’re in search of designer threads or aching to score a perfectly faded vintage t-shirt, you can find it on a New York City shopping spree. In this section, we’ll show you where to find stores suiting your style and wallet, including New York City sample sales, flea markets, thrifts stores and a few surprises mixed in.
- You can find anything in New York, even a shoe store with its very own zip code, but you can’t do it all at once. Before you begin browsing the Web or the racks, it helps to establish a focus: what style are you going for? What is your price range? How far off the beaten path are you willing to tread? Once you’ve nailed down these essentials, finding stores, neighborhoods, and specific items is a piece of cake.
- For smaller boutiques, try smaller neighborhoods (for example, SoHo and various neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn).
- Becoming familiar with the layout of New York can ease your shopping exploits. Consult the transportation section of this guide if you don’t know Cobble Hill from Chelsea.
- New York City flea market shopping has long been a favorite pursuit New Yorkers but according to New York Magazine, flea markets’ heyday might have passed as real estate threatens the landscape. Get out there before it’s too late!
- If you’re short on cash and need a makeover, head over to a department store makeup counter. If you’re polite and ask the right questions, there’s a good chance the salesperson will try out a few products on you.
For shopping maps …
is an online shopping guide to independent shops in New York. View stores by neighborhood or tag, or choose a location on the map to see stores in the area. You’ll get quick but detailed summaries of each store, pricing and location info, and links to store Web sites.
sells maps of Manhattan and Brooklyn neighborhoods dotted with stores and restaurants for $20. The PDF superguide is 32 pages long and includes area maps with recommendations on shopping, restaurants, accommodations, bars and more.
For store listings …
The New York Times
Travel section features a guide to New York, including a section on shopping with brief listings of stores spanning the boroughs. Some shops have reader ratings.
The Village Voice
displays insider knowledge in its ”Best Of” list featuring the best shops and services that New York City has to offer.
is a style site with its own distinct look and content, covering eye-catching fashion, music and video. The “Local Shopping Guide” to New York is on the small side but that is precisely why it shines; each shop on the interactive map has been chosen for a reason, whether for touting artisanal crafts, vintage gems or an unrivaled store design. Click on a store name for detailed descriptions, some of which include quotes from designers and proprietors.
For shopping by neighborhood …
is devoted entirely to shopping, staffing a team of experts that know the ins and outs of fashion trends and shopping happenings. Lucky’s guide to New York City lists and describes recommended stores in specific hot neighborhoods.
may take up a lot of time once you discover its seemingly endless coverage of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn neighborhoods. Each guide includes a thorough section on shopping with links to numerous shops and markets.
For thrift shops, vintage items, and flea markets …
New York Magazine
includes thrift and consignment shop listings in its ever-savvy coverage of the city. Save your scouring skills for the shops—you’ll have an easy time finding information on this well-organized site, sortable by product and neighborhood.
offers a detailed look into flea markets around Manhattan, with extras like recommended eateries where you can refuel between markets. Addresses, contact information, and specifics about the items you’ll find at each market are also included.
comes through again with great flea market coverage, complete with links to official sites and additional features like videos of markets on Citysearch and feature articles from The New York Times and New York Magazine. The site also has a map showing where each market sets up shop.
For sample sales and events …
runs sales and promotions on its site for designer showrooms, boutiques, and online merchants, and lists upcoming sample sales and events in New York. To access locations of sales, you must register for free. As a member, you’ll also have access to store openings and insider events.
is a whimsical blog about New York fashion and shopping. Simple illustrations and a lighthearted design make this site especially calming to browse compared to its flashy competitors. Click on “Shopping” for sample sale listings; “Boutiques” for featured store openings; and “Services” for tailors, personal shoppers, and more.
For free haircuts and makeup to match the clothes you just bought …
The Bumble and bumble University Model Project
trains stylists on people like you who want a free haircut. The best part of the project is that novices are not cutting your hair; the university is for experienced stylists seeking further education. Plus, a Bumble and bumble stylist oversees your whole haircut.
is your savior if you’re out and having a makeup emergency that you’d like to fix yourself. Scoot into your nearest store and try on all the makeup you like there. No one will stop you.
a high-end health and beauty product store, happily hands over as many free samples as you’d like, even when you don’t buy anything. Simply approach the counter and make your request.
Bond No. 9
’s entire line of perfume is designed as an homage to New York City. View the catalogue of products based on New York neighborhoods and themes.
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