New York City has numerous retail establishments, however it doesn’t have the huge sprawling malls that are found in other parts of the USA. Space is available at a premium in New York City and there are hardly any malls or shopping centers (except for one -the smallish Manhattan Mall on 33rd street and Broadway) on the island of Manhattan. However in the outer boroughs where slightly more space can be found there are a few malls like the Queen’s Center Mall in Elmhurst, Queens and the Kings Plaza Mall in Brooklyn.

Shopping Area (Manhattan, unless otherwise noted) Type of Stores Price Level
Downtown and Tribeca Discount designer retail, boutiques, electronics stores Moderate to Expensive
Lower East Side (the original bargain district) Independant boutiques, discount stores Cheap to Expensive
West Village Designer retail, independant one-of-a-kind stores Expensive
The Meatpacking district/Chelsea Big name brands Expensive
Chinatown Street vendors, ethnic stores Cheap
The East Village Small, independant quirky stores Cheap to Expensive
Soho Chic boutiques, big name brands, outlet of Bloomingdales, the Museum of Modern Art Design store Expensive
Union Square Big discount stores, sports stores, furniture retail Moderate to Expensive
Midtown 34th Street and the Fashion district Outlets of the best known domestic brands and Macy’s, the world’s largest department store, fur retailers Moderare to Expensive
Diamond district Jewelry retail Expensive
Fifth Avenue and 57th Street Big Name designer stores, Department stores – Bergdof Goodman, SAKs, the Apple Store, Bloomingdales on 59th and Lexington Expensive
Madison Avenue fom the 40’s to the 90’s European Designer, American Designer, Barneys Department store. Expensive
Columbus Circle 59th Street Big name designer Expensive,
125th Street, Harlem Outlets of popular brands Moderate
Smith Street, CarollGardens Brooklyn Chic independant boutiques Moderate to Expensive
Atlantic Avenue Outlets of popular brands, Target Super Store Moderate
Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn Stylish Boutiques of many Brooklyn based designers Moderate to Expensive
Jackson Heights, Queens Ethnic South Asian apparel and Jewelry Moderate to Expensive
Fulton Street, Brooklyn Outlets of major retailers like Macys, Modells, Conway, Cookies, Jimmy Jazz Moderate to Expensive