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 StoresPrice Level
Downtown and TribecaDiscount designer retail, boutiques, electronics storesModerate to Expensive
Lower East Side (the original bargain district)Independant boutiques, discount storesCheap to Expensive
West VillageDesigner retail, independant one-of-a-kind storesExpensive
The Meatpacking district/ChelseaBig name brandsExpensive
ChinatownStreet vendors, ethnic storesCheap
The East VillageSmall, independant quirky storesCheap to Expensive
SohoChic boutiques, big name brands, outlet of Bloomingdales, the Museum of Modern Art Design storeExpensive
Union SquareBig discount stores, sports stores, furniture retailModerate to Expensive
Midtown 34th Street and the Fashion districtOutlets of the best known domestic brands and Macy’s, the world’s largest department store, fur retailersModerare to Expensive
Diamond districtJewelry retailExpensive
Fifth Avenue and 57th StreetBig Name designer stores, Department stores – Bergdof Goodman, SAKs, the Apple Store, Bloomingdales on 59th and LexingtonExpensive
Madison Avenue fom the 40’s to the 90’sEuropean Designer, American Designer, Barneys Department store.Expensive
Columbus Circle 59th StreetBig name designerExpensive,
125th Street, HarlemOutlets of popular brandsModerate
Smith Street, CarollGardens BrooklynChic independant boutiquesModerate to Expensive
Atlantic AvenueOutlets of popular brands, Target Super StoreModerate
Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, BrooklynStylish Boutiques of many Brooklyn based designersModerate to Expensive
Jackson Heights, QueensEthnic South Asian apparel and JewelryModerate to Expensive
Fulton Street, BrooklynOutlets of major retailers like Macys, Modells, Conway, Cookies, Jimmy JazzModerate to Expensive