New York Holidays, The Secret Guide

Mimi ON Apr 04, 2011 AT 9:03 am

New York City

New York City

If you are thinking of hitting New York for your holiday this year and love your vintage stores, here’s a guide to some good ones.

When you are deciding on your hotel, think about what kind of shopping you’re looking to do. Most of the best department stores are uptown but for the best vintage and quirky boutiques head downtown to Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side. I love the hotels that are steeped in history like The Waldorf Astoria, where rumour has it that Brad and Angelina used to hold an entire floor for secret visits. If that’s out of your budget, dressing up to go to the bar is always a good plan for some sneaky star-spotting. The swanky bars in the New York hotels are great for those ‘Samantha’ moments when the suits flock in at 6pm. I’m so ready for an Apple Martini right about now!

Alice Underground

Alice Underground

Good Areas to Search for Vintage

Hit Lower Broadway in SoHo. Below the chic urban shops, amongst the mattress dealers and futon retailers, you’ll find Alice Underground, the city’s largest vintage store. It attracts the likes of Italian designers Dolce & Gabanna, who have been spotted rifling through racks and bins in search of inspiration for a new collection.

Wander the Lower East Side between 7th and 12th streets, and between First and Third avenues. Here you’ll find a mixture of modern vintage (late 20th century) in the obscure little shops that dot the area.

Sixth Avenue between 24th and 26th streets, where on Saturdays and Sundays you’ll find a variety of vintage clothing and accessories on sale at the city’s largest flea market. Admission is $1 and the selection includes items from both sides of the Atlantic.

Resurrection Vintage Clothing

Resurrection Vintage Clothing

Specific Stores to Shop for Vintage

Screaming Mimi’s on Lafayette Street in Greenwich Village. This vintage shop has been around for a long time, and has a loyal customer base. The shop carries an eclectic mix of vintage items from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and even the 1980s.

Andy’s Chee-Pees on Broadway, also in Greenwich Village. This is a rather large vintage store with a massive selection. The layout is rather cramped, so you have to do a lot of searching and keep your eyes wide open, but you are likely to find something very cool.

Zachary’s Smile on Greenwich Avenue (also in Greenwich Village). This is a sophisticated and elegant vintage shop. The inventory isn’t as massive as at many other vintage shops, but what is on offer is of high quality.

Resurrection Vintage Clothing if you are looking for an upscale vintage shop. The inventory is hip and refreshed weekly. Prices in this vintage shop are higher than most, but the quality is unsurpassed. Their New York location is located at 123 East Seventh Street.

The Waldorf Astoria

The Waldorf Astoria

Rags A GoGo on West 14th Street in the West Village. This place has an excellent selection of vintage clothing, particularly of a Western flair, like cowboy boots and fringed jackets. However, it also offers a good selection of other standard vintage fare from the 1960s, 1970s, and beyond. The prices are great and the owner is extremely courteous and friendly.

Cheap Jack’s in New York City’s Lower East Side. This vintage store has been open for over 25 years and has a range of clothing coming from various decades. From flapper to hippie styles, you’ll find vintage pieces in perfect condition to fair condition. Cheap Jack’s is located on Broadway between 13th and 14th streets.

Comprehensive list of the best Boutiques in New York: www.nymag.com

Go to Virgin Holidays for a list of New York Hotels and packages that are available now to get the best deals: www.virginholidays.co.uk

Find out more about the amazing Waldorf Astoria New York Hotel HERE…
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