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SHOPPING IN THE CITY

Garment District
: 25th Street to 40th, Fifth Avenue to Ninth Avenue is filled with small shops specializing in all areas of clothing needs – buttons, zippers, and trimming to finished pieces of clothing to fur.
Diamond and Jewelry Districts: West 47th between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue is the world's largest market for diamonds. A second, smaller and older jewelry district focused more on jewelry in general is located at the northwest corner of Bowery and Canal Street.

The Flower District: This small stretch from 26th to 29th, along and off Sixth Avenue, is home to a large concentration of NYC's wholesale and retail florists. A virtual oasis of beauty in the middle of Manhattan, this is a wonderful area to stroll of a warm spring morning. Virtually any plant can be found at or ordered through these vendors.

Book Row: Fourth Avenue between 9th and 14th Streets. Once home to as many as 25 bookstores, this area now contains only two – but they are good ones. The famous Strand Book Store, boasting eight miles of books, and Alabaster Used Books. There are many, many independent and specialty bookstores throughout the city in addition to the monsters like Barnes and Noble and Borders.

Chelsea: Encompassing the area between 14th and 34th Streets, west of Sixth Avenue. According to one source, there are over 190 galleries in Chelsea. So if you want art, head to Chelsea. It is becoming increasingly trendy, spawning unique boutiques and many yummy restaurants.

Flatiron District: From 14th to 34th Streets, between Sixth and Park Avenues. Home to a growing number of furniture and textile stores, the Flatiron district is the place to go for home furnishings. It also has a variety of other shopping venues from small hip boutiques to large chains such as Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
 
Fifth Ave: This stretch of Avenue from 49th Street to 59th Street is where all of the biggies reside - Sax Fifth Ave, Lord & Taylor, Bergdorf Goodman, Gucci, Cartier, Trump Towers, and FAO Schwartz. It is also the location of countless movie scenes, annual parades, and reknowned Christmas displays. In addition to the shopping, there is great sightseeing such as Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and the Plaza, as well as the entrance to Central Park at 59th St.

The Village: Houston Street to 14th Street, from the East River to the Hudson. Anything quirky or unusual can be found in the Village. There are many vintage clothing shops, consignment shops, record shops, poster shops, and shoe stores in addition to a variety of other shopping venues. There are also many artists selling their wares on the street, everything from jewelry to paintings.

Chinatown: Exotic shops offer strange foods, herbs, and souvenirs; bargains on clothing. All different Asian cultures are represented in this growing area. There are literally dozens of street vendors hawking everything you could imagine, from $2 NYC T-Shirts to any thing. The best authentic Asian food is found here as well.

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