Calling all Shopaholics

 Macy's New York

New York City is the absolute mecca for shopaholics. We’ve got everything from Saks Fifth Ave to discount shops like Century 21 to the smaller eclectic boutiques of downtown. I’ll admit that I have done my share of spending around this city, so I do have some insight on the best of the best when it comes to shopping.

Department Stores. There are some pretty amazing (and overwhelming) department stores in NYC. There’s Barney’s New York , Bloomingdale’s, Henri Bendel , Saks Fifth Avenue and of course, Macy’s. If your looking for discounts, head to one of my favorites, Century 21. It offers a great selection of designers at discounted prices. Just be aware that it takes some fishing to go through the abundance of stock. If you’re on vacation, it can be a daunting task to attempt to hit all of these. Macy’s alone has 10 floors and can take a whole day to conquer! I suggest picking one or two of these department stores that you want to visit because you’ll want to save some time for these other great shopping adventures…

For the kiddos. Definitely check out Toys ‘R’ Us in Times Square (equipped with a ferris wheel inside) or FAO Schwarz o Fifth Avenue at 58th St. Believe me, they will love you for it.

Bookworms. You must go to Strand Book Store located at the corner of 12th Street and Broadway. With an endless selection of books, you could easily spend hours here. Be sure to stop at the $1 racks outside. Every once in a while you find a real gem.

Bling. Ladies, if you are coming to New York to shop, there is no way that you can miss stopping at Tiffany & Co. Located right on Fifth Avenue (just blocks from The Roosevelt Hotel), Tiffany’s is the place to find some of the most beautiful jewelry. I always make my way up to the second floor to look at the diamonds. Not everyone can afford to be there, but a girl can dream, right?

Sample Sales. Through every season there are a multitude of sample sales around the city. These can be a wonderful resource to get designer goods at a tremendous discount. I recommend getting to these sales very early because there are usually a limited amount of stock and a very high demand. Check out this list of some of the sample sales coming up.

If you’re looking for a more eclectic, boutique type shopping, then you need to spend a day in the neighborhoods of Soho and Greenwich Village. Up and down the streets in these neighborhoods, you will find everything from antique shops to clothing to accessories.

No matter how you look at it New York City is a shoppers paradise. You are now prepared to pack your bags, grab your wallet and hit the streets of the Big Apple.

What’s your favorite place to shop in New York City?

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Take a Lunch Break

Celebrate Summer in Midtown

Every summer, the Grand Central Partnership puts on the 10-week concert series called “Celebrate Summer in Midtown” in and around the Grand Central neighborhood. During lunch hours through the end of August, you can enjoy the sounds of smooth jazz, classical, salsa, blues and good old rock and roll (all for free).  Check out the schedule of bands here.

Take a break from the office (or hotel room), pick up a sandwich and head down to enjoy lunch in the heart of Manhattan with a little music.

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Drink Up. Listen Up.

Drink Up. Listen Up.

There has never been a better marriage than that of music and drinking! But what’s the BEST song to have a drink to? We are looking to you for that answer.

mad46 has just launched an online survey for the “Best Music to Drink To”. Just post your song submission by replying to @mad46 on Twitter or comment here on the mad46 Facebook page. By submitting your favorite tune, you will be entered to win a FREE HOUR OF HAPPY HOUR at mad46 for you and five of your guests!

Here the scoop. Submit your songs by 7/31/09 and mad46 will select the best 25 submissions and put them to the vote for the winning TOP TEN. On 8/17/09, mad46 will announce the winning songs for the “mad46 Drink Up. Listen Up.” playlist and the final playlist will be available for download at mad46.com and right here on The NY Know. The top ten winners will also be contacted directly to redeem their prize and get that happy hour started! Click here for more details.

Go submit your drinking song. Go ahead. Do it. Then pour yourself a martini.

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The High Line: A Garden in the Sky

High Line Park, NYC

The High Line Park is officially open! Well, at least the first section of it. From Gansevoort Street to 20th Street, you can now enjoy the newest park to New York City. This elevated park is a mile-and-a-half-long and runs throught the West Side of Manhattan through neighborhoods like the Meatpacking District, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. The landscape, designed by James Corner Field Operations, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, combine concrete pathways with naturalistic plantings.

Here’s a little history about the High Line. The High Line itself was built in the 1930s to move freight trains off the West Side streets. It was abandoned in the 1980s and the rail line was threatened with demolition until the Friends of the High Line, founded by Joshua David and Robert Hammond, came along. For the past 10 years, the Friends of the Highline advocated to utilize the High Line as an open, public space. Check out the great panoramic from the NY Times to get an idea of the potential this space had and the vision that the Friends had.

Although the parks completion date is in 2010, you can certainly head down to the current section by entering at Gansevoort St and Washington St. They have impressive summer programs and coming this July 12th , from 12-5pm, there will be the High Line Street Festival (FREE) featuring internationally acclaimed artists, bands on a roof-top stage, story-tellers, inflatable sculptures and appareantly the World’s Largest Lemonade Stand!

The High Line will be open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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