Shopping up a Storm in NYC

by NYJ Team

To call New York City a ‘shopping Mecca’ would be an understatement. New York City offers the ultimate shopping experience – no matter what your taste. Want it all under one roof? Visit a department store. Take a stroll along world-famous avenues and streets that offer designer stores.  

Most of the big international brands have mega stores that stock the widest range of their products. Niketown (57th Street) offers anything Nike you may ever want and the Sony Store (Madison Avenue) has all of the latest Sony technologies. The Apple Store (Prince Street) boasts majestic glass architecture before you even get through the doors!  

Streets Ahead
New York City plays host to some world-renowned shopping streets that offers a retail experience like none other. Soak up the New York City sites and sounds as you negotiate pedestrian bustle with your latte in hand. 

Madison Avenue
The high-end designer stores that line Madison Avenue read like a who’s who of the fashion industry. It comes as no surprise that this is a favorite amongst the rich and famous, who come looking for their day-to-day gear from big name designers and niche boutiques.

Fifth Avenue
Parallel to Madison Avenue is Fifth Avenue, offering more of the top names in the retail and a sumptuous New York shopping experience. Fifth Avenue is also home to some of the leading department stores in the world, as well as the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Centre. Such an array of attractions means there’s no chance of your running out of things to do on Fifth Avenue. 

Department Stores
Department stores are the best places to conveniently find an array of what is on offer from all the big brands and old favorites. There are a number of infamous department stores along the streets of New York City.  

Bloomingdale’s sits on Third Avenue and is a right of passage for any New York City shopper. Bloomingdale’s is known for its wide variety of merchandise, as well as its generous sales.  

Macy’s is also along Fifth Avenue and is also somewhat of a New York City shopping institution, offering almost everything within a single store. They also claim to be the largest department store in the world! 

Saks Fifth Avenue has all the major American and European labels at this top end store that offers a shopping experience, boasting a free personal shopping service. 

Barney’s New York is on Madison Avenue and is one of the trendier of the department stores in New York City, where you can get all of the most fashionable designer brands.  

Henri Bendel is aptly situated along Fifth Avenue and is more of a boutique department store, offering a glimpse at up and coming designers for New York City’s trendsetter crowd. 

Century 21 is a bargain hunter’s paradise offering designer brands at unimaginably low prices. You’ll need to fend for yourself through the crowds, but it’s well worth the effort! 

Bergdorf Goodman and Bergdorf Goodman Men are both luxury department stores situated on Fifth Avenue and offer top fashions and home ware to those with a discerning sense of style.

Other Shopping Venues
If you are less into labels and vivaciously vintage, East Village boasts a number of small second hand stores where you can get some great bargains on relics of the past. Peruse aisle after aisle of retro garb and leather jackets – each with its own distinct history. Find a colorful array of souvenirs from your visit to New York City from the many street vendors. You’ll also find a numerous vendors selling cheap designer replica accessories that are almost indistinguishable from the real thing – and are a fraction of the price. 

You should also make a point of trying out the food that the street vendors offer. You’ll find quintessential New York grub, such as bagels, hot dogs and pretzels to keep your energy levels in shopping mode.

October in New York City

by NYJ Team

October is one of those perfect months to visit New York – the city has wonderful weather, great happenings and the pre-holiday excitement is almost tangible in the air. The days are still warm enough to be comfortable, with average temperature highs at 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius), with lows hitting 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius). Bear in mind that the nights may be cool so it’s advisable to pack a warm sweater or jacket for evening outings. Other things to remember to pack are comfortable walking shoes – water resistant if possible – and season appropriate clothing.  

There is lots to see and do in New York in the month of October. Firstly, New York is well-known for its wonderful fall foliage in the many parks and wooded areas in and around the city. Central Park especially is the perfect place to enjoy the changing seasons and to enjoy the wonderful spectacles of nature. In addition, the crisp weather makes it the perfect time to take in some of those interesting walking tours that New York City is so famous for. 

Many visitors take advantage of the three day Columbus Day weekend during October to plan their trip, to watch the famous parade or enjoy the Mass at the beautiful St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Finally, October is Halloween month and visitors can enjoy some of the wonderful activities surrounding this holiday that are spread around the city, for young and old alike, such as the positively ghoulish Halloween Parade that is held each year. Accommodation and flight prices may rise in October because of the approaching holiday season, so it may be wise to shop around for the best deals and avoid disappointment.

African American Day Parade on Sept 16, 2007

by NYJ Team

In 1969, the first African America Day Parade was held in Harlem in a bid to provide African Americans the opportunity to join together and honor their people on one special day. The parade begins in Harlem – considered the capital of Black America – and winds its way from 111th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Street, up until 142nd Street. Although the parade takes place in New York, it is still considered an event on a national scale and it represents organizations from twelve states that come together to showcase the accomplishments of African Americans

The 38th annual African American Day parade will take place this year on Sunday September 16th. This year’s parade will focus on a number of important issues close to the heart of African Americans, including a salute to colleges as well as a greater awareness of the problems of racial profiling and racism in general. In addition, the parade will highlight positive African-American achievements and incorporate a number of celebrities and dignitaries in the parade. A huge turnout is expected at this parade, which saw over 900,000 people attend in 2005. The event traditionally draws many musicians and bands that bring the spirit of music and showcases African American success stories in the industry. 

Over the years, several important people have acted as Grand Marshals of the African American Day parade. These include Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jnr, Denzel Washington, Melba Moore and Paul Winfield. This year’s parade will have as Grand Marshals Mayor Ernest Davis, the Reverend Al Sharpton, David Dinkins, Lillian Roberts, Charles Rangel (congressman) and Comptroller William Thompson.

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