Macy's Herald Square

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Macy's Herald Square
Photograph: Jessica Lin
Macy's Herald Square

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It may not be as glamorous as New York’s other famous stores, but for sheer breadth of stock, the 34th Street behemoth is hard to beat. You won’t find exalted labels here, though—midpriced fashion and designers’ diffusion lines for all ages are its bread and butter, along with all the big beauty names. Fun fact: Herein lies the largest shoe department in the world (63,000 square feet, to be exact) so chances of leaving empty handed are slim. Brave the constant crowd to shop suede and lyrca over-the-knee boots by Kenneth Cole ($159) and equestrian-like rain wellies from Dirty Laundry ($59). While there’s no shortage of trendy options—given tables dedicated to Jessica Simpson, Charles David and Dolce Vita—eternally popular styles, like men’s Timberland roll tops ($120), are just as nice.

Venue name: Macy's Herald Square
Contact:
Address: 151 W 34th St
New York
10001
Cross street: between Sixth and Seventh Aves
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, M, N, Q, R to 34th St–Herald Sq
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Adam V
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This is the Macy's flagship headquarters, and does not disappoint. If you need retail therapy I'd check here. There are at least 9 floors or so of shopping (with the completely overwhelming perfume/makeup taking the ground floor), and the corporate office built on top. There are a bevy of food options (from full blown restaurants, to cafes, fast food, and snack spots), every kind of shopping imaginable (men's, women's, children, perfume/makeup, accessories, shoes, athletic, home, luggage, luxury, etc.), and the competitive pricing and discounting this retailer is known for. The staff is varied, but overall there is a modicum of decorum, generally politeness and willingness to help you buy. Cleanliness also varies, with the most luxury and highly trafficked areas spotless, to the relatively horrid 9th floor men's restroom that is dated, dusty, and more than a bit off-putting (to be fair, the female crowd holds sway, and I've been told that every female bathroom is probably better kept than most if not all of the men's rooms - but again, much higher volume of use). Overall, make sure to have targeted items and prices, if you're a serious shopper, as it is easy to get lost or side-tracked; but if you're just a casual observer it is fascinating to wander and watch the whole ecosystem at work.