Ah, New York. Such a unique place, perhaps the most diverse location on the planet. Now don’t get me wrong, for architecturally New York cannot compete with the buildings of centuries past found throughout Europe. Our country has a focus on boxed things, boxed apartments, boxy, blocky architecture. Very seldom do we use circular dormers, or spiraling spires, or anything outside the box. But I speak not of architectural diversity, for the diversity of New York lies in how many different types of people congregate here. NYC is the location of the United Nations HQ, it is the most populous city in the US, and the US is the country that boast it’s cultural and racial diversity so freely.
If you’re looking to shop when you’re in the city, I got a tip for ya – hit up 5th Avenue. There’s an almost endless selection of places to go. This place has a huge list of stores, including: Abercrombie & Fitch, Aerosoles, Aldo, American Apparel, American Girl Place, Anne Fontaine, Ann Taylor, Anthropologie, Apple Store, Aritzia, Armani, Armani X., Banana Republic, Bebe, Blanc de Chine, Borsalino, Bottega Veneta, Build-A-Bear, Bulgari, Club Monaco, Coach, Express, Faconnable, Free People, Gap, Godiva, Golfsmith, Gucci, Guess, H&M, Hollister CO, H. Stern, Innovation Luggage, intermix, J. Crew, Jewelers on 5th, Jimmy Choo, Joe Fresh, Juicy Couture, Karen Millen, Kate Spade, Kestenbaum, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, L F Stores…..the list could literally go for days. The point is, this was a grand spot to stop, as far as shopping goes.
I’m more of a browser than I am a spender. I liked seeing the NBA store and Lego store – they seemed more out of place and less run-of-the-mill. There is very little difference between a Hollister CO, American Apparel, and Abercrombie & Fitch store. They ALL seem like over-priced clothing to me. But a lego store? That’s nostalgic, that’s ripe, that’s to the heart. That reminds me of being a child and waking up on Christmas morning, scrambling down the stairs, wondering what treasure trove of goodies and toys Santa would have brought me and my sister in the forms of carefully wrapped presents. An Egyptian lego set? I get to construct the pyramids out of blocks? Holy cow! What an awesome present! THANKS SANTA, YOU ROCK!
Case in point, I liked seeing the more outlandish stuff when I visited 5th Avenue. I remember a knife standing out, a particular knife that had to have been sharpened by a premium electric knife sharpener†or something. But that thing was cutting through all kinds of things with ease – dictionaries, coconuts, stacks of phone books. The blade was sharper than I felt comfortable with, in all honesty, and I shied away from delving too far into that stores wares.
In any case, 5th Avenue of NYC has all kinds of stores and goods for you to browse, I highly suggest stopping there should you have the chance. The buskers playing their instruments are worth the trip alone.