Shop New York! - My Family Travels

Where do hip girls ages 12-18 shop when they get to New York City? Well, they usally avoid the stores that are in the malls back home. Here are some of our favorite stores with location information. It’s really easy to get around NY, especially if your mom gives you cab fare, and you can go online and see that many of them have more than one branch.

When we go on vacation and have a chance to shop, we ignore the chain stores we have back in the mall. We like local places that are special. From “Sex in the City” and “Gossip Girls,” there isn’t a girl anywhere who doesn’t know NYC is the place to shop. And if you don’t get cabfare from your mom, it’s easy to get around — most of these shops have more than one location around town.

Aeropostale, 901 Sixth Ave (212/239-5201)
Well-priced, Euro-style casual for both sexes.

Apple Store, 767 Fifth Ave (212/336-1440)
An Apple lover’s heaven — enter the underground store through a unique 30-foot high cube and check out this trendy tech company’s latest gadgets.

Dave’s Quality Meat, 7 East 3rd St (212/505-7551)
The only meat at this Lower East Side store are ultra-hip, limited edition sneakers.

Diesel, 770 Lexington (212/308-0055)
Trendy Italian in wild fabrics with low to high prices.

Dylan’s Candy Bar, 1011 Third Ave (646/735-0078)
Supersized candy shop with every treat imaginable. Also on sale are inedible treats like candy-themed clothing and candy spa products.

Infinity, 1116 Madison Ave (212/517-4232)
An eclectic mix — some trendy “hooker” wear and some very cute. Dig around for slogan T-shirts, sweatpants with rhinestones, denim jackets and toys and accessories from High School Musical and Hannah Montana.

Gig Wear, 591 Broadway (212/941-5900)
Tame your inner rockstar with posters, buttons, Madonna’s used corsettes, tour jackets from unknown bands, autographed stills, and T-shirts galore.

Marsha DD, 1324 Lexington Ave (212/534-8700)
Very expensive, Euro-style. Lots of spandex.

NikeiD, 6 East 57th St (212/891-6453)
By appointment studio that allows customers to design their own Nike sneakers and sportsgear.

Original Levi’s Store, 750 Lexington Ave (212/826-5957)
Custom-sized jeans made to order.

Reminiscence, 50 West 23rd St (212/243-2292)
Moderately-priced Tie-dye, Retro and Nouveau Hippy.

Ricky’s, 590 Broadway (212/226-5552)
Discount pharmacy sought out by film and theatre designers and foreign visitors for their enormous variety of makeup, nail polish colors and a la mode cosmetics and accessories.

Steve & Barry’s, 6th Ave & 33rd St (877/762-9444)
Bargain-priced clothing under $20 with lines designed by Amanda Bynes and Sarah Jessica Parker. For guys, there’s sportswear and sneakers by basketball star Stephon Marbury. We hear with these prices they’re not going to stay in business too long!

The Sweet Life, 63 Hester Street (212/598-0092)
Quaint, old-fashioned candy shop with sweet classics such as Bazooka Bubble Gum and the Charlestown Chew. Also lots of holiday-themed treats and gourmet goodies.

Uniqlo, 546 Broadway (917/237-8811)
A super hip Japanese version of the Gap with well-priced basics in lots of colors and funky T-shirts for guys and girls.

Urban Outfitters, 628 Broadway (212/475-0009)
Overpriced, bohemian-style T-shirts, jeans, skirts, dresses, accessories and shoes for both sexes.


Lauren M. from Dallas, Texas; Kyle H. from Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Samantha and Kara from New York City sent us suggestions for their favorite stores. Their story was first published on

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