Thursday, June 25, 2009

Shopping in NYC, Part II has posted a second in a series discussing where to shop in NYC when you don't want to drop insane amounts of cash. Below is a summary of her list of where to shop in Soho:

1) Uniqlo (Japan)
2) Zara (Spain)
3) Mango (Spain)
4) Eryn brinie (Korea)
5) TopShop (UK)
6) Kenneth Cole
7) Banana Republic
8) A/X Armani Exchange
9) Express
10) Esprit
11) Aldo
12) Sephora
13) H&M
14) Steven by Steve Madden
15) Bloomingdale’s.
16) Madewell
17) J.Crew

Below is a snippet from her post. For more (and there is much much more), check out the full post. Seriously. Click the link and check it out.

Starting at Houston and Broadway (and for those of you not familiar with New York, Houston is pronounced “How-ston,” not “Huw-ston”), head south along Broadway. Between Houston and Grand Street, you’ll find a slew of international stores that have limited locations in the United States, including Uniqlo (Japan), Zara (Spain), Mango (Spain), Eryn brinie (Korea), and TopShop (UK). All of these have reasonably-priced casual clothes, as well as a fair amount of work-appropriate clothes such as blazers, dresses, and blouses. Along this same stretch you’ll pass stalwarts such as Kenneth Cole, Banana Republic, A/X Armani Exchange, Express, Esprit, Aldo, Sephora, H&M, Steven by Steve Madden, and, of course, Bloomingdale’s. (The frozen yogurt at Bloomie’s is well worth a stop if you’re in the mood for a snack.) Also along this stretch is Madewell, J.Crew’s new store.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Shopping in NYC

A lot of our visitors are looking for great places to go shopping in NYC, places that aren't available in the average mall in suburbia. Unfortunately, I don't normally have advice on that front, but today I read an entry on, a blog that I frequent, which I think is particularly helpful. Don't forget to read the comments because there are some nuggets in there too:

Here is a sneakpeak of the posting at

Ah, a leisurely day of shopping in NYC — what fun! Given your price range and your goals, we’d recommend a few different stretches, depending on your time and energy. First up, we’ll talk about the area we’ll call Lower Fifth Avenue. Photo: Flatiron Building, originally uploaded to Flickr by sunsurfr. (The Flatiron Building is at 23d and 5th. It’s beautiful, but not really noteworthy as a shopping destination in and of itself.)

Depending on where you’re coming from, you’ll want to start either at 22d and 5th Avenue and work your way south (along Fifth) or at 15th and 5th, and work your way north. Destination points for a good selection of work clothes, in your price range, include: Club Monaco, BCBG/Max Azria, United Colors of Bennetton, White House | Black Market, and Zara....

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

American Girl

A great place to go with kids or with a few girl friends is the American Girl store in Manhattan. The dolls are beautiful, they have a hospital, a photo studio, and a hair salon (for the dolls). If you're looking for an activity for the adults, there is an adorable restaurant in the top of the store. Check it out, it's a great girly thing to do in the city.

Store Address
609 Fifth Avenue at 49th Street
New York, NY 10017

Store Hours

* Mon–Thur: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
* Fri: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
* Sat: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
* Sun: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Row, row, row your boat in Central Park

One thing that I always find surprising about NYC is the number of boating activities that there are. A great way to spend a sunny afternoon in NYC is by heading to the Boat House in Central Park and renting a row boat.

You get to walk through the park, and maybe make a few detours, as well as getting to row on the lake with the fabulous NYC skyline as a backdrop. Consider bringing a snack or beverages for the boat ride, or for a picnic on the lawn afterwards.


Location: East 72nd St. & Park Drive North

Phone: 212-517-2233

Hours: April 15 through October 31 - Daily 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM - Weather permitting

Price: Each rowboat is $10 per hour. Each additional half-hour is $5. There is a $30 deposit per boat.A single rowboat holds up to 4 people.

Directions: Take the 6 train to 68th street. Walk North to 72nd street and then East to Central Park. Check the Central Park Boat House website here for a good map.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Not dead yet

I seem to have abandoned this blog. I think my first attempt was simply too big. From now on, my suggestions will on a much smaller scale.

Lets see how it goes ...