Tips for shopping in New York
Founded in 1624 as a Dutch trading post named New Amsterdam, New York City was later sold to the British, and quickly grew to become the most populous city in the U.S. and one of the most important cities in the world. Located at the mouth of the Hudson River, and alternately called “the city that never sleeps” and the “Big Apple”, it is home to an unmatched selection of iconic landmarks. From the Statue of Liberty to Central Park, from the Empire State Building to Times Square and Broadway; even the city's famously yellow taxis have embedded themselves in popular culture. New York sees over 40 million visitors each year, all looking to take advantage of the myriad cultural, historical, and shopping opportunities in this bustling metropolis. The city is divided into five boroughs: Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan, with the latter serving as the capital of entertainment and economic activity. Indeed, many of Manhattan's popular shopping destinations, such as Bloomingdale's and Macy's, are landmarks in their own right, while Fifth Avenue and 57th Street are home to luxury shopping including Tiffany & Co., Gap, and Versace. However, New York City isn't just home to high-priced, upmarket department stores, as there also are many shopping malls featuring your favorite brands and retailers, such as the Kings Plaza Shopping Center & Marina, based in Brooklyn, or the Queens Center in Queens.