Shopping in New York, a real story
New York and shopping, a love story, cinema but also TV series. Be it in the footsteps of Carrie Bradshaw or Holly Golightly, shop like a big-screen or big-screen star, and extend the experience with our guide New York of 1000 cult movies, series, music, comics. and novels locations.
Macy's on Miracle on 34th Street
A classic of American cinema, Miracle on 34thStreet is regularly broadcast during the Christmas season. Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwen), a nice old man, is hired to play Santa Claus in the huge Macy’s department store. But he pretends to be the real Santa Claus and counts on doing everything to prove it .Even though Macy’s was an integral part of this version, they didn’t wish to participate in the remake. A fictional store, Cole’s, was used instead.
In the realm of super-size, Macy’s has no equivalent. The very big New York department store occupies a whole block at the intersection of 34thSt and Broadway, and is, according the Guinness Book of World Record, the biggest retail building in the world with 2.5 million square feet of floor space, twice the size of Harrods in London. Only the Goum store in Moscow is able to challenge “The World’s Largest Store” spread out over eleven floors and two buildings. A paradise for serial shoppers…that is if you’re not allergic to crowds!
Tiffany & Co. on Breakfast at Tiffany's
It’s in front of this famous luxury store window that Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) eats a croissant while devouring with her eyes the jewellery on display. For the needs of the filming, this very exclusive shop accepted to open on a Sunday and hired about twenty security guards especially for the occasion in order to keep an eye on the numerous items of jewellery.
And then there was luxury… In 1878, Charles Tiffany acquired a jewel of 287 carats which he cut to 128.54 carats with 82 facets. This legendary yellow diamond is one of the most precious in the world. It’s visible all year round on the main floor of the celebrated jeweller’s shop on 5thAve. The “Tiffany Diamond” has only been worn by two women: Mary Whitehouse and Audrey Hepburn.
Bloomingdale's on Friends
Rachel works in this very big high-end clothing store during season 3. Founded in 1872, the Bloomingdale Brothers’ brand experienced rapid growth. In 1886, they set up shop on the corner of 59th St and Lexington Ave and then took over the entire block in the 1920s. Expansion continued to such an extent that today, there are about 50 Bloomingdale’s in the USA.
When it comes to getting around in a car, the British don’t do anything like the rest of the world. In the 70s when the Queen decided to visit the very chic and famous store, Bloomingdale’s of Manhattan, the direction of traffic was inversed on Lexington Ave. That way, when Queen Elizabeth II got out of the car she was able to go straight into the store by the main entrance. Now property of Macy’s Inc., the 36 Bloomingdale’s stores in the US generate sales of $1.9 billion annually.
Saks 5th avenue on Friends
In season 1, Rachel gets a job interview for the position of professional buyer in this department store, one of the biggest in New York. Unfortunately she doesn’t get the job. Saks Fifth Avenue is an American chain founded in 1924. The building is the original one.
The fashion addicts wouldn’t miss a trip to Saks Fifth Ave. Designers, upscale brands, shoes, bags, jewellery and cosmetics, the place is a must of New York shopping. Will you be able to resist the latest from Christian Louboutin?
Monolo Blahnik on Sex and the city
Carrie is an unconditional lover of this famous New York store. Prices hover between $500 and $2,500 for a pair of shoes by the celebrated Spanish stylist.
Beyoncé and Lady Gaga mention him in their songs, Marie-Antoinette wears his shoes in the film by Sofia Coppola, Anna Wintour, the high priestess of Vogue, swears by him, but it’s of course in the series Sex and the City that the name of Manolo Blahnik will forever be associated. The Spanish stylist, who rehabilitated the stiletto in the 70s when platform shoes were in fashion, has incredible talent and his creations are veritable jewels.
Barneys New York on Sex and the city
Founded in 1923, this famous New York label is one of the favourite fashion stores of the four heroines. You can find items of haute couture or by designers in clothes, shoes or leather goods.
Saint Laurent, Isabel Marant, Prada, Stella McCartney…Barneys New York brings together the best of haute couture. Clothes, bags, beauty products, shoes: this luxury store will satisfy all your desires, to the detriment of your banker.
The pleasure chest on Sex and the city
It’s in this erotica store open since 1971 that Charlotte buys her famous “rabbit”, a sex toy whose fame is partly due to the series.
Ever since the celebrated episode “The Rabbit” of Sex and the City was shot here, Pleasure Chest, a West Village Institution, has sold more than 10,000 rabbit vibrators. Amateurs of adult novelties of all sorts will find a wide array of sex toys, dildos and erotic accessories of every kind, and every size. Treat yourself…
Century 21 on Sex and the city
For a foray into discount clothes, at prices defying all competition (up to 65% off) go straight to Century 21, the best-known New York outlet and the only one in Manhattan. Levi’s jeans, Calvin Klein polo shirts, Guess bags, bargains are plentiful. If you look really hard you might even undercover a designer item. Careful of the excess baggage though…