New York City truly lives up to it's title as 'the city that never sleeps'; it's full of vibrancy, excitement and non-stop activity. The Big Apple has consistently had a significant influence on international fashion and is a major hub for the fashion industry, so it's no wonder many discerning travellers touch down in the city for a spot of Christmas shopping each year.
Ahead, the best shopping destinations in New York City for stocking fillers, hero gifts and more...
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5th Avenue is one of the most famous and opulent shopping streets in NYC. Located in Midtown Manhattan, between 49th and 60th streets, 5th Avenue offers a diverse shopping experience from upscale department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman to well-known retailers such as Zara and Banana Republic. Fifth Avenue is also home to the 24-hour flagship Apple Store. Log onto visit5thavenue.com for a visitors directory of all things Fifth Avenue.
The Shops at Hudson Yards
A phenomenal new community located on 30th-34th Street between 10th and 12th Avenues, opened in early Spring 2019 and has become the cultural centre of Manhattan's New West Side. Home to more than 100 diverse shops and culinary experiences, Hudson Yards has not only changed the way New York looks to the world, but the way the world sees New York.
The Shops at Hudson Yards is the home to the city's first Neiman Marcus, which unlike any other location, includes a beauty salon and a spa, a pop-up florist and mixology classes. In addition to carrying well-known brands such as Versace and Tory Burch, Neiman Marcus NYC is showcasing new designers such as Keith and James, a luxury brand of signature, fedora hats for men and women that organically is on it's way to becoming one of the most recognizable brands in the luxury accessories industry. In addition, Hudson Yards includes many attractions such as the eye-catching extraordinary centerpiece, The Vessel, which offers remarkable views and new perspectives of the city, the river and beyond. For more information about this fabulous new neighborhood, visit hudsonyardsnewyork.com
Westfield World Trade Centre inside The Oculus
Visit The Oculus inside the Westfield Shopping Centre for an overall amazing experience. The Oculus in NYC made its debut in 2016 as an artistic landmark and centerpiece of The World Trade CentreTransportation Hub. The transit hub, serving the PATH, cost four billion dollars, making it the most expensive train stop in the world. With its sleek and stunning architecture, it quickly became an attraction in Lower Manhattan and is a cross between a railway station, shopping centre and pedestrian tunnel. Much more than a transportation hub, The Oculus offers plenty of opportunities to shop, dine, explore art and attend events both inside and outside The Oculus. In fact, many sights and landmarks are within walking distance and if you’re at the WTC Oculus during the holiday season, visit the Holiday Market and expect to see some magical Christmas decorations.
In addition, the West concourse of the World Trade Centre Transportation Hub connects the Oculus with Brookfield Place, giving visitors access to even more shops. September 11th marks a very important day for the Oculus and is honored by American flags hanging from the roof with a retractable skylight open for two hours on the anniversary of 9/11. Removing the glass ceiling allows light to flood the main hall of the Oculus, which specifically positions the sun to line up with the ceiling passage at the exact moment the second twin tower fell. The structure was designed to be a 9/11 tribute and is located near some major attractions such as the One World Trade Centre& Observatory, 9/11 Memorial, 9/11 Memorial Museum, Wall Street, The Charging Bull and Battery Park. For more information on this historical landmark, visit westfield.com/westfieldworldtradecenter
Nordstrom NYC Women’s Flagship
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Nordstrom opened it's first NYC women's flagship store in October 2019. Located on 57th and Broadway right at the base of the world’s tallest residential building in the western hemisphere, the store showcases high-quality designer brands as well as other amenities. In addition to its modern design and plush decor, the seven-story department store also includes several food and beverage offerings as well as the Nordstrom Beauty Haven spa and several specialty merchandise concepts. The new Nordstrom women's store comes on the heels of the debut of the first-ever standalone Nordstrom men's shop in Manhattan.
In addition to the launch of the men's store in 2018, the company also rolled out Nordstrom Local hubs on the Upper East Side and in the West Village this year. Known for its exceptional customer service, Nordstrom NYC is definitely a place worth shopping at. For additional information, visit shop.nordstrom.com/c/new-york
The Shops at Columbus Circle
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The Shops at Columbus Circle, located in the heart of Manhattan at 10 Columbus Circle, is an iconic indoor destination attracting more than 16 million visitors annually and is a destination for style and sophistication. Nestled directly in the bottom west corner of Central Park near 8th Avenue, The Shops At Columbus Circle is a phenomenal place to shop, dine, and be entertained with a diverse selection of over 50 retail shops and boutiques.
The stunning views of Central Park have transformed Columbus Circle into a cultural portal to Manhattan's Upper West Side which is also the home to the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts, a national leader in arts and education and the world's leading presenter of superb artistic programming. Internationally acclaimed musician and composer, Wynton Marsalis, is the Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Centre, a facility designed for performance and broadcasting capabilities, jazz education, and is home to Dizzy's Club-a 122 seat Jazz club with nightly entertainment. Learn more about The Shops at Columbus Circle at theshopsatcolumbuscircle.com/
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SoHo stands for south of Houston and is one of the most eclectic, world-famous shopping areas located in the artistic district of Lower Manhattan.There are a diverse mix of stores to shop in from one-of-a-kind shops and small boutiques to more affordable stores such as H&M and J.Crew and more expensive ones such as Moncler, Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga. SoHo's atmosphere make the district unlike any other area in Manhattan. The streets primarily have names as opposed to numbers, are pretty well-known and in a class all by themselves, contributing to the area's individuality. Bordered by Houston Street, Lafayette Street and the western part of Broadway, SoHo's architecture adds to the shopping experience. Ornate cast-iron-fronted buildings, many of which date back to the late 19th century, line the historic cobblestone streets.
The area, renowned for creative types, still features many galleries, arts organizations and cultural activities. SoHo, which is one of the most common places to shop in New York City outside of Fifth Avenue in Midtown, is also famous for its fashion scene and has been a backdrop for many films and commercials. Celebrities and models are always in this area and it is definitely considered a creatives paradise.
The American Dream
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The American Dream Mall, which recently opened in October 2019, will host over 500 stores, from popular stores to high-end brands and will most definitely be a shopper's dream. The mega mall opened just in time for the holiday season however it is a partial opening, as the mall will open in multiple phases through March 2020.
Here is a overview of the various phases of the opening:
• October 25: Ice rink and Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park
• November 27: DreamWorks indoor water park (delayed opening)
• December 5: “Big SNOW” snow park
• March 2020: Shops and restaurants
A mall of this magnitude could not be housed in New York City and is actually located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, about 5 miles outside of New York City, on the other side of the Hudson River. Due to the vast amount of expected visitors, the American Dream Mall will organize additional shuttle transportation for its visitors.
The American Dream Mall is located in affluent Bergen County, one of the few remaining counties in New Jersey with a blue law, which limits shopping on Sundays, meaning that retail stores will remain closed that day of the week. Everything else inside the entertainment complex will be open as usual. No matter what you are looking for, you are most likely to find it here.
In addition, there will be a number of dining options to choose from while covering this massive terrain. A few of the stores that will call The American Dream Mall home include Dolce & Gabbana, Uniqlo, and Tiffany & Co. For more information on this groundbreaking experience, visit www.americandream.com