New York totally lives up to its nick name, Empire State. A galaxy of sightseeing attractions, endless lip smacking culinary addictions, and a raging nightlife team up to ensure a smashing unforgettable experience. When it comes to shopping, the destination spoils one for choice to say the least. If you think that this sounds unbelievable, catch any of the numerous flights to New York and find out for yourself. Here is a small take on just four of the prized shopping places from amongst other options.
Macy’s. Sitting in Herald Square since 1902, Macy’s Flagship Store has become a legend and symbol for the statement that shopping in itself is something of an institution in New York. Wooden escalators and other old memorabilia make for a unique ambience. The store is massive and has found its way into the Guinness Book of Records for being the world’s largest department store. Be it the handbag department, shoe department, or children’s department, Macy’ offers a world of choice. The best time to feel the vibrancy of this outlet is the Christmas season. At this time of the year, a carnival like atmosphere grips Macy’s.
Woodbury Common. Woodbury Common Premium Outlets is a Central Valley outlet centre. With some 220 stores across 800,000 square feet, it is among the largest discount designer and contiguous outlet centres on the planet. Colour coding is used in different areas to help visitors in catching their bearings. Its proximity to New York City and daily bus and shuttle services to outlets make it a hot favourite draw with holidaymakers in New York.
Saks Fifth Avenue. This opulent department store is among the world’s most famed retailers and has been the haunt of the elites since 1902. This shopping hot spot is meant for the ultra rich, where the sales staff goes out of its way to pamper the shopper. Retaining the old wooden fittings, SAKS has an old world dignified charm about itself. This seamlessly blends with the fact that only top notch designer stuff is to be found here.
Bloomingdales. Bloomingdales is another shopping legend along with Macy’s and has found mention in popular TV programmes like Friends and Will and Grace. Both Bloomingdales and Macy’s are owned by the same group. The iconic status of Bloomingdales can be gauged from the fact that even its trademark small brown bags have become legends. The store seems to sell virtually everything under the sun. Overseas shoppers would do well to contact the store’s visitor services desk for hotel delivery and numerous other services.