Retail Therapy in Manhattan, New York

by Jaclyn Abergas | October 8th, 2009 | Travel Shopping, Women's Fashion

If you’re looking to shop in Manhattan, then brace yourself. It’s definitely going to be full of adventures and three days will not be enough!

This will be a three-part series on New York City shopping because one part is not enough to discuss all the shopping districts in this town. So let’s start downtown.


financial district1. Lower Manhattan and the Financial District

This is the southernmost part of Manhattan and the center of business and government in New York City. It is also the fourth largest business district in the United States. Chinatown, Mott Street and South Street Seaport comprise some of the shopping districts in Lower Manhattan. Familiar stores like Abercrombie & Fitch and Ann Taylor can be found here (at South Street Seaport), as well as shops like Ting’s Gift Shop (Mott Street), where you can find good-quality Chinese toys, and the fish and herbal markets at Chinatown.

2. Lower Eastside

The Lower Eastside can be found at the southeast part of Manhattan. The best part about shopping here is the street markets. Alterna-shops are found here, including boutiques that sell alternative and bohemian fashion, retro furnishings, Japanese toys and other offbeat stuff. Visit Lower Eastside NY for a complete list of stores and shops.

3. SoHo

SoHo in New York City previously was associated with the arts. Located south of Houston Street, SoHo houses some of the biggest names in avant-garde fashion, but it also houses some one-of-a-kind boutiques that gives SoHo its unique identity. Look for The Hat Shop and the Museum of Modern Art Design Store.

4. Nolita

Nolita, which means North of Little Italy, consists of Elizabeth, Mott and Mulberry Streets. Expect to find one-of-a-kind shops here, meaning not-so-cheap items. Check out Indomix, with its South Asian inspired apparel, and Tracy Feith, with its pretty and bright-colored clothes for women. Be sure to check out Sigerson Morrison for their shoes and Push for their jewelry.

Next up: Downtown continued, Midtown and Uptown.

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