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14 Aug 2014 A guide to discount shopping in New York City

Discount shopping in New York City can be an addiction. Because the city on the whole is expensive, knowing where to shop can become an obsession. Residents will often tell that they hardly ever pay retail. How to shop New York on the cheap? There is always the sidewalk vendors and Chinatown for the knockoffs, mind you I am not advocating anything here, but that is our dirty not so little secret. Many come to the city and insist on visiting Chinatown. It’s on your conscience. Legally there are the discount department stores and outlets and of course the sample sales.

Sample Sales

Everyday of the year except for the major holidays, you can find a sample sale offering top designers, somewhere in the city. Sample sales can yield clothing, shoes, bags, accessories, toiletries, furnishings, just about anything you desire. The caveat you need to know where and when to go, if it is cash only, how to get your purchase home and if you need an invitation. Finding the sample sales is easy if you know where to look. No, I am not talking about walking down the street and seeing a sign.

You need listings and to find the listings. Limited listings can be found in New York Magazine and Time out New York. Online listings that offer free subscriptions include: topbutton.com, dailycandy.com, New York Magazines Best Bets daily newsletter. Many of the sample sales are located in and around the Garment District so plan wisely and dress comfortably.

Department Stores

Century 21. Just about everybody visiting New York City knows about Century’s located at 22 Cortlandt Street between Church Street and Broadway in the shadow of Ground Zero. This location is open seven days and early during the week to accommodate Financial District workers. The best time to shop is between 9 am and noon and again after 2 pm. Avoid during lunch time or go on the weekend. Deep discounts on top American and European designers are available. Many years ago, I purchased my first Dooney and Bourke bag for $90, a basic bag that sold for $150. Stores are also located in Brooklyn, Long Island and New Jersey.

Find Outlet. Located in Chelsea at 361 West 17th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, Thursday thru Sunday 12 pm to 7 pm and Nolita at 229 Mott Street between Prince and Spring Streets, daily 12 pm to 7 pm. Tons of designer stuff.

Gabay Outlet. Located at 225 First Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets, they carry overstocks from high end department stores like Bergdorf Goodman at 50-80% off.

Syms. There are two locations, downtown at 42 Trinity Place, this location opens before 9 am, and midtown at 400 Park Ave. Discounted designers such as Oscar de la Renta and Kenneth Cole are but two of the variety carried. The bigger discount the longer the merchandise is in the store.

Loehmanns. 101 Seventh Ave is now considered the flagship but multiple locations. Loehmanns is not what it used to be. Designers are still available and the Back Room is still there but I don’t think the discounts are as steep as elsewhere. I personally find them to be more expensive than the other locations mentioned.

Enjoy your trip and remember that when shopping in New York City, plan wisely, try planning a route that is easily accessible from one area to the next via public transportation. You will not find parking easily during the week and Saturdays. On Sunday you will have to grab your parking space early and it does not make sense to move the car multiple times. Dress comfortably, layers in the winter and comfortable shoes.

19 Jun 2014 New York Travel Inspired by Romantic Films

New York City is the largest city in the US. There are five boroughs that make up New York City: Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens.

Notwithstanding the noise of the busy streets and traffic at New York City, it is still one of the top vacation spots. New York is known for its contrasting diversity of great trade from Wall Street and a dizzying array of entertainment like theatre plays and concerts. Travelling the City is like watching or experiencing what we see in the movies or any TV series. If it looks good in the movies, well, I have to say, my instinct one way or the other tells me I want to be there too! New York gives us the thrill of experiencing shopping, dining, be entertained and be romantic.

If you are a fan of ‘Sex and the City’, the first thing that you will remember is watching Carrie Bradshaw (or Sarah Jessica Parker) and her addiction to shoes along with her fashionable dresses. What do you do? SHOP GALORE! One can never go wrong in shopping at Big Apple. Prepare your Manolos or Marc Jacobs to fill your shopping pleasure with sophistication and style at Barneys Madison Avenue.

Not done with shopping? Madison Avenue is where you will find the top end department store filled with American and European designers like Saks Fifth Avenue. Of course who can forget the transformation of Anne Hathaway on the Devil Wears Prada. Make time for celebrity designer shops (Calvin, Giorgio) and fashion house boutiques (Prada, Chanel) in Madison Avenue.

One of the feel good movies with unforgettable wedding proposal to date is Sweet Home Alabama. Why? While others go for a romantic setting at the beach or high end restaurants, Patrick Dempsey picked the perfect spot for a girl (Reese Witherspoon) to choose her own engagement ring at Tiffany’s. While there is a selection of jaw-dropping engagement rings for the bride to be, fine items for men are available and even for babies. Undoubtedly, Tiffany’s remains a girl’s best friend.

After shopping fashionably, and hopefully spending wisely, it is time to perk up your social life. Sex and the City’s famous girlfriends – Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha shows us their ritual revolving with friends and loved ones is by dining out. Despite the countless fine dining restaurants in Soho the City also offers funky and inexpensive ethnic restaurants in East Village.

New York’s City landmark is the Empire State Building. It soars high as the tallest building and one the City’s main attraction. The Observatory offers a panoramic view of Manhattan and beyond. The 86th floor is the most visited spot. In the film “An Affair to Remember”, Cary Grant had to wait for Deborah Kerr in this famous floor.

Times Square is the spirit of Manhattan. The Annual New Year’s traditional countdown on the giant screen as the clock ticks down to a new year. There are countless of movies and shows that featured this intersection. Also known for its historical Broadway theatres and cinemas, Time Square is one of the places that makes New York a city that never sleeps.

Out of budget? Visit Central Park. The most famous park in the City not to mention it is a public park. Spend the whole day peacefully roaming its grounds. Nevertheless, daydreamers can play the odds to test love and fate as John Cusack and Kate Beckinsdale back together in Central Park in Serendipity. Jennifer Lopez and Joseph Fiennes showed that people from different worlds has the right to fall in love and be happy in Maid in Manhattan.

We may enjoy watching the movies, but navigating New York is unparalleled.