If you love music especially vintage vinyl records, Princeton Record Exchange is the place to go. It's a veritable treasure trove of new (but mostly used) CDs and vinyl. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and can help you find any obscure album you may be searching for. Be sure to browse through their budget section, for forgotten favorites.
A National Historic Landmark, Rockefeller Center stretches over a vast area covering a massive 22 acres (8.90 hectares). At the center, engage in a plethora of activities that includes shopping at designer stores, dining at lavish restaurants and bars, attending various concerts and art shows, and in winter trying your skating skills at the Lower Plaza that transforms into the famous ice-rink. Visitors can take a tour of Radio City Music Hall on 50th Street at Sixth Avenue and the GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza houses NBC, which offers guided tours of its premises. The stunning cityscape from the Top Of The Rock observation deck steals most of the visiting crowd, but come December the spectacularly lit Christmas tree is where the magic lies.
Words like opulent, posh and elegant come to mind as you enter the luxurious and legendary Bergdorf Goodman. Designer clothing, perfumes, leather accessories, sports gear, bed and bath linens, jewelry and antiques fill this massive store that caters to upscale pockets. After a long day of shopping, head to the in-house day spa and feel the stress just melt away. And if that's not enough, stop by at their lavishly decorated BG Restaurant, situated on the seventh floor, to indulge your taste buds.
Created inside what used to be the old New York Nabisco factory, the Chelsea Market is truly a food lovers paradise. The design on the ground floor retains the original design of the old factory and it is still filled with some of the archaic equipment. Additionally, the building houses many other household names like MLB.com, the Oxygen and Food Networks, even Google has offices here. Nonetheless, most people come for the tastes and aromas. The market features a menagerie of delights, from breads and cakes to seafood and steaks, with plenty of fruits and vegetables in-between. Shops include Ronnybrook Dairy, the Filling Station, Chelsea Thai, the Chelsea Wine Vault among others.
Macy's at Herald Square is so large that it's easy to get lost in it. Almost covering an entire city block, this Macy's was the largest department store in the entire world until 2009. Fashion sections meld with jewelry, clothing, beauty, home decor, luggage and much more to lure shopaholics in. The gift card options available here are a great token of love for family and friends. And in case strolling around this huge outlet tires visitors, there is an in-house restaurant to refuel and get back to splurging.
Emphasizing luxury and specialty goods, Barneys New York is a premium shopping experience with fabulous customer service and a knack for promoting new, young designers. Barneys New York sells ritzy items such from silk ties, to Prada bags, elite business suits and designer couture. It began as a men's tailor renowned for its professional sales staff and classic clothing designs, and the store is still admired for its great tailoring and discerning selection of designer labels. There is also an excellent range of high-end household items on sale. The flagship location on Madison Avenue keeps an intense focus on specialty items and caters to all ages.