Flatiron & Union Square
ABC Carpet & Home (888) Six wonderful old floors of chic interior designs – from preppy antiques to worldly eclectic pieces to mid-century vintage offerings, plus an amazing selection of rugs on the top floor.
Bang & Olufsen (927) Sleek and futuristic, the esteemed stereo company boasts its best sound machines, speakers, and electronics.
Design Within Reach (903) An attractive, knowing staff walks a chic clientele through the mid-century’s coolest offerings, and there’s much more than Eames chairs.
Fish’s Eddy (889) Designer lines of dishware are sold alongside unembellished plates and bowls, as well as vintage dishes from years gone by.
Anthropologie (85) Feminine frocks and throwback homeware seemingly plucked from the country closet of some poet’s muse.
Artistic Tile (79) More tile than you can shake a stick at – though we don’t suggest shaking anything; these pre-mosaics are pricey.
Club Monaco (160) Wonderfully affordable wardrobe staples that go with nearly everything or quickly dress up an outfit in a pinch.
J. Crew (91) Great looking, approachable prepster fashions for men and women, colorfully presented on two airy floors.
Juicy Couture (103) Originally known for tedious velvet tracksuits that plagued Los Angeles, the hip brand has upped its originality and sexiness and opened a few very popular NYC outposts.
Paul Smith (108) Beautifully tailored and oh-so-dapper suits, colorful shirts, and accessories from a master British designer.
American Eagle Outfitters (19) Everywhere you look, it’s that cute college look – very Abercrombie, yet much friendlier on the wallet – plus there’s a (slim) chance of finding something without an insignia on it.
Diesel (1) A slick, bi-level store, well stocked with the brand’s famous jeans and plenty more trendsetting styles.
Adorama Camera (42 West 18th St) An all-you-need photo Mecca, where an experienced sales staff walks you through an unbeatable selection of used and new cameras, video equipment, darkroom gear, and lighting.
M.A.C. Cosmetics (1 East 22nd St) By makeup artists, for makeup artists, this vampy beauty line brings out the 1980s supermodel inside us all.
Trixie and Peanut (23 East 20th St) Hilarious displays hint at absolutely perfect doggie fashions, beds, accessories, and carriers inside.
Virgin Megastore (52 East 14th St) A perennially packed music and DVD emporium that seems to be holding up, even though everyone downloads their entertainment these days.
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