New York City is a shopping mecca. No trip to New York would be complete without a stroll down the world-famous 5th Avenue, peeking into the many designer shop fronts as you go. While, most of the top shops are way beyond the price range of the average tourist, you won’t go home empty handed if you, like other savvy New Yorkers, know where to go.
Located about an hour north of the city, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets is where New Yorkers go to hunt for top bargains. There’s something for everyone here, with deep discounts for brand names such as Burberry, Chanel, Levi’s, Nike, and even Sony and Corningware. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., you’ll want to budget a whole day or even two for shopping here, just to make sure you cover all the 220 stores in this shopping heaven. A veritable shopping town, the outlets are laid out along wide boulevards. The maze-like layout almost guarantees that you’ll get lost, so make sure to get a map and agree on a central meeting point with your group in case you are split up.
Woodbury Common features several refreshment options for the weary shopper, including fast food and restaurants. Tuckered out from your day of shopping? There are also several motels nearby. If you need to get your man out of the way so you can shop in peace, the Falkirk Golf Club is nearby.
If you need another reason to go, shoppers over 50 enjoy an additional 10% savings on Tuesdays if you present a valid photo ID.
Woodbury Common is on Route 32 in Central Valley, New York. Regular buses leave from Port Authority in New York, while the MTA’s Metro-North Railroad will also take you there on weekends. Alternatively, you can drive up the I-87 to Harriman and take Exit 16.
Located in the heart of Manhattan’s financial district, Century 21 was voted as the top discount store in New York for two years running by the Zagat Survey. Locals and tourists alike flock here to get designer goods at bargain prices. The store spans several floors, and includes clothes, household items, as well as a separate section dedicated to shoes. It’s a discount store, so expect to find clothes racks stuffed to bursting. You will have to spend some time hunting, but your diligence will be rewarded with such gems as a Marc Jacobs cashmere sweater for a fraction of the cost. That said, New Yorkers can be a competitive bunch, so don’t be surprised if someone grabs the sweater right out of your hand!
How to Get There
Century 21 is located right opposite Ground Zero. The Cortlandt Street subway station is right outside, but is currently closed for repairs. However, most subway lines will get you close to your destination. For the shortest walk, take the E to the World Trade Center station, or the J, M, Z, 4, 5, A or C to Fulton Street.