My favorite NYC shopping spots, part two

inside the Prince St. subway station

Continuing the story from yesterday, this post isn’t really about Anthropologie either! (Sorry, it will be back tomorrow. I promise!) I am breaking down my favorite NYC shopping neighborhoods into mini grids. Just in case you ever visit this lovely city — and I recommend that you do.

4. Prince St (Lafayette :: Ave of the Americas)
stores within: G-Star Raw, Christian Audigier, Armani Exchange, Prada, Intermix, J.Crew w/Crewcuts, the Apple Store, Miu Miu, Calvin Klein underwear, Club Monaco, Sabon, True Religion, Lucky Kid, Baby Phat, Lacoste, Coach, French Connection.

side street highlights: Betsey Johnson, Alberta Ferretti, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Otto Tootsi Plohound.

Prince St and Broadway get the most foot traffic in Soho. My guess is that this is because of the mix of upscale shops, interesting sidewalk vendors and good eats. Personally I do a lot of looking on Prince St. At least until I win the lottery.

G-Star Raw and Christian Audigier are edgy clothing retailers with mid-range to high price points. I occasionally walk through each but haven’t really bought much at either. The Armani Exchange and Prada are actually on the corner of Broadway, which I covered yesterday. I have really good luck at Armani Exchange and Prada…well…someday! The J.Crew on Prince St has a large Crewcuts section as well as men’s downstairs. This store is closest to work so I come here often. The women’s section is pretty small so they don’t carry the full line though they do have shoes.

The Intermix on Prince St is pretty good. This store doesn’t really discount much, probably once or twice a year. Like Precision, Scoop or Barney’s Co-op Intermix carries a selection of designer items. Every few months when the budget allows I like to treat myself to one item from Intermix. A fun place to be sure. The Calvin Klein underwear store has been a surprising success for my guy. I have seen cute things there but they don’t always carry bras in my size. French Connection is another hit for me. I love the cute preppy spring dresses they have. This store sometimes goes by FCUK which threw me for a loop a couple of years back. Dyslexics beware.

For side street fun, take a peek in the Marc Jacobs store on Mercer or Betsey Johnson’s boutique on Wooster. For shoes Otto Tootsi Plohound has a funny name but really cute shoes. No idea where the name comes from.

5. Madison Ave (60th St :: 80th St)
stores within: far too many to name. Just think of a designer and chances are good they have a store along here. 🙂 Christian Louboutin, Barneys, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Chloe, etc.

Truth be told, I don’t do much shopping on Madison Ave. I go by the J.Crew collection store (79th/Madison) every so often and the nearby Michael Kors store. Precision and Intermix both have outposts along Madison that I shop at. I make it into some of the shops on an irregular basis. But really this section makes the list because I just love walking up and down Madison and looking in all the store windows. Those stores have been much emptier lately. And the people are absolutely fascinating. Plus you’re just a block away from Central Park and 5th Ave.

Honorable mentions:
:: Lexington between 57th/60th — Gap, Banana Republic, H&M, Levi’s, Diesel, Steve Madden, Nine West, Zara, NY and Company, Victoria’s Secret, Bloomingdales.

:: 34th St between 5th/7th Aves — Express, Ann Taylor Loft, Macy’s hugemongous Flagship, Forever 21, American Eagle, Banana Republic, H&M x 2, Victoria’s Secret, Payless, Lady Foot Locker, Gap.

:: 3rd Ave between 75th/86th — Free People, Anik, National Jeans Company, Fresh, Searle, Scoop, Precision & outlet, BCBG Max Azria, Ann Taylor, Gap, Bandolino, Bare Escentuals, Marimekko (ok cheating, this one’s at 73rd/3rd Ave), Cantaloup.

And so on. Wiped out! I will update with the other two honorable mentions soon.

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