NYC Souvenir Guide: 15 Authentic New York City Products to Take Home
1. Sabon Sea Salt Scrubs
Stop by Sabon to purchase a jar of sea salts ($30) or body cream ($23). Or indulge in handmade soaps that line the walls like rainbow bricks, perfumed by fresh flowers. Visit the Greenwich Village location at 434 6th Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets. From January to April, their business hours are Monday to Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday 11 am to 8 pm. From May to December, they are open Monday to Saturday 10 am to 10 pm, Sunday 11 am to 8:30 pm. Other locations include 2052 Broadway at 71st Street by the Lincoln Center, 1371 6th Avenue by the Ritz Carlton, and 78 7th Avenue in Chelsea.
2. New York Yankees Pillow Pets
While in the Times Square District, check out the technicolor billboards, street artisans, and endless shopping possibility. From here, walk to the shops at Columbus Circle to the north or meander through Broadway for a matinee show. Beyond the heart of midtown, try the other Yankee Clubhouse Shops, located at the Seaport Market Place, 393 5th Avenue, 110 E. 59th Street, and 745 7th Avenue.
3. Dean & Deluca Coffee
For a delightful trip to an artisan grocer, visit the original flagship shop at 121 Prince Street, located in the middle of Soho. Taste the breads and oils. Nibble on cheeses and chocolates. Then, walk around the narrow streets South of Houston. The Prince Street shop is open Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 8 pm. If you are farther uptown, scout one of their prime locations at the City Spire Café on West 56th Street, Rockefeller Center Café between 5th and 6th Avenue, 1150 Madison Avenue at 85th Street, New York Times Café on 8th Avenue, and Paramount Hotel Café on West 46th Street.
4. DKNY Be Delicious Perfume
Limited editions of Be Delicious perfumes are also available in Candy Apple and Red Delicious. Located at 420 W Broadway, DKNY is open 11 am to 8 pm Monday to Saturday, and Sunday 12 pm to 7pm. Keeping with great shopping company, DKNY is neighbored by Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, BCBG, and Coach, to name a few. If Madison Avenue isn’t on your itinerary, try Sephora Times Square at 1500 Broadway or Macy’s at Herald Square.
5. New York City Token Money Clip
On Manhattan’s Lower East Side, you can shop for vintage Japanese track bikes, leather goods, and Indie designers. The money clip was designed by Tokens & Icons Inc. and sells for $112. 20 Peacocks is located at 20 Clinton Street. Their hours are Tuesday to Friday 1 pm to 8pm. Saturday 12 pm to 8 pm. Sunday 12 pm to 6pm. If the Lower East Side doesn’t work with your itinerary, head to the New York City Public Library Shop at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street or the MTA Transit Museum in Grand Central Station.
6. New York City Snow Globe
Small, boutique shops sidle up against name brand behemoths, including Sephora, Victoria’s Secret, and Zara. Located by Pennsylvania or Penn Station, Herald Square can be reached by over a dozen subway lines, including the red, yellow, orange, and blue lines. Macy’s at Herald Square is located at 151 West 34th Street. They are open daily from 10 am to 9:30 pm. Unique New York snow globes are also sold at Saks Fifth Avenue at 611 5th Avenue and the Disney Store at 1540 Broadway.
7. New York Mets Autographed Major League Baseballs
Shop at an official Mets Shop for authentic New York Mets memorabilia. Hats, bats, and jerseys make great souvenirs. But for a special item, choose an official baseball autographed by legendary Mets players in history, as well as the entire team. When browsing, look for baseballs accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. This insures the value and provenance of your purchase. In Citi Field, several clubhouse shops offer great retail options for signed baseballs. The main team store is located next to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. On non-game days, they are open Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm and weekends 11 am to 5 pm. Throughout the city, several other shops offer fantastic selections of authentic Mets memorabilia, including autographed baseballs. In Midtown Manhattan, stop by the Mets Clubhouse at 11 West 42nd Street and Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia’s showroom at 148 Madison Avenue, fourteenth floor.
8. New York City Train Set
If visiting the Metropolitan Transit Museum in Grand Central, stroll through the Great Hall. Take pictures of the constellations on the ceiling. And spot the colored-subway signs for the 4, 5, 6 on the green line or the gray S for the Times Square Shuttle. The museum and shopping around the concourse is pleasant and cool on hot summer days. The Transit Museum in Grand Central Station is open Monday to Friday 8 am to 8 pm. Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 6pm. New York City Train Sets are also available at the New York Transit Museum at the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights, as well as Train World at 751 McDonald Avenue, Brooklyn.
9. Unique Versions of Lady Liberty
On Ellis Island, another figurine has donned the green robes of the Statue of Liberty. To commemorate their anniversary, Mattel has released the Dolls of the World Statue of Liberty Barbie. Standing at 11.5 inches, Barbie is introducing Manhattan’s landmark to a whole new generation. The familiar pointy crown sits atop her head, and in her hand she holds a clutch purse. She costs $39.99. For the delectable Green M&M Statue of Liberty, head to Times Square at 1600 Broadway. M&M World is open daily from 9 am to midnight. To Visit Ellis Island and purchase a World Statue of Liberty Barbie, depart from Battery Park. If boats and midtown traffic deter your visit, consider visiting FAO Schwarz on Fifth Avenue for their Barbie Section.
10. New York Giants Draft Day Hat
The hat is officially licensed by the National Football League and available at several sporting goods stores. On game day, the biggest variety of Giants hats and gear will be at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey, while in midtown Manhattan, two great options are also available. At 6 East 57th Street, Nike Town is a mega-store brimming with New York sports equipment. If you are in Times Square, head over to Champs Sport, a massive store with the New York Giants apparel.
11. Long Island Wine
Crowned the “Best Winery in Long Island” by the Long Island Press, Castello di Borghese Vineyard offers tours and tastes of their signature Meritage and Chardonnay. Designed personally by owners Marco and Ann Marie Borghese, the grounds encompass verdant knolls, café dining, and open-air patios. Their wines have clinched awards from Denver, Wine and Food Class, and Finger Lakes International Wine Competitions. The summer hours are Monday to Friday 11am to 5:30pm. Saturday 11 am to 6pm, Sunday 11:30 am to 6 pm. From January to April, they are open Thursday to Monday 11 am to 5 pm.
But if time is tight, stay in New York City and order a local bottle to enjoy or take a few home. On the Upper West Side, Bin 81 is a great wine bar on West 81st Street with high top marble tables and an expansive wine list. Or visit Astor Wine & Spirits at 399 Lafayette Street, a 60 year-old Greenwich Village icon with over 4000 bottles to browse.
12. American Girl New York Clothing
13. Knicks Jersey
For a unique purchase, find his team jersey named the Swing Man, replicated with Melo’s exact measurements. Pricing begins at $185. Modell’s Sporting Goods offers the widest selection of jerseys and Knicks-related pieces. Half a dozen stores dot Manhattan. Other storefronts include Broadway in Midtown and Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side. With completed renovations, you can also purchase the jersey at gift shop in Madison Square Garden, the Knicks’ home arena.
14. Official MTA Rain Boots
Only two locations carry the Official MTA Rain boots with route indicators. In the heart of Manhattan, just off the Grand Central’s Great Hall, the MTA Transit Museum offers a great exhibit and gift shop. Posters and displays proudly map the history and growth of New York’s transportation system. Black and white pictures, as well as vintage signs, tell Manhattan’s story from the perspective of its underground and elevated train systems. Their hours are Monday to Friday 8 am to 8 pm. On Saturday and Sunday, they are open from 10 am to 6 pm. At the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, you can visit the New York Transit Museum and purchase the rain boots as well. Their hours are Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 5 pm. They are closed on Monday.
15. New York Rangers Jersey
Check out Cosby’s Sporting Goods for a wide selection of Ranger’s gear. Formerly located in Madison Square Garden, the store has been relocated one block away while construction on the arena nears completion. Visit the shop at 11 Pennsylvania Plaza on 31st Street just east of 7th Avenue. Their hours run Monday to Saturday 9:30 am to 6 pm. They are closed Sundays. For other stores that sell Dubinsky jerseys and other Ranger gear, visit Nike 21 at 21 Mercer Street that features NikeID Studio for customizable footwear.
Other Interesting Souvenirs from New York
If you crave New York, but have no chance or plans to visit the city any time soon, or you simply can afford extra weight in your luggage, these days you can find a wide range of authentic and truly interesting NYC souvenirs online. Presented here are some of the New York products sought by visitors, now available online for your convenience.
2. “I Love NY” Items - Cute little things (mugs, key chains, etc.) manifesting your love for New York.
3. Nunu Chocolates - In keeping with its name ('Nunu' is an endearing nick for small kids in Africa), this family-run shop in Brooklyn deals in handmade chocolates produced from exquisite single-origin fair trade ingredients.
4. Taxi NYC Items -A yellow cab is one of the staple landmarks of NYC. Today, it lends appearance to various knickknacks, much popular, as souvenirs, with guests of New York City.
5. Manhattan-skyline ashtray - If you gave up smoking - it's even better, for this way, no ashes and cigarette butts will ever obscure the sight of Manhattan's architectural landmarks depicted on the bottom of this ashtray.
6. NY Style Crisps - Bagel crisps - sliced and seasoned genuine steam baked bagels. Baked, not fried, fresh every day from real bagel dough, these crisps contain 60% less fat than a regular potato chip, while carrying the authentic taste of bagels from New York City bakeries. Pita Chips – made of real whole pita bread cut into pieces, then baked golden brown for a unique crunch, and delicately seasoned for distinctive flavor.
7. Bond No. 9 New York Perfume - A line of designer fragrances inspired by some of New York's iconic places, such as Chinatown, Washington Square and Coney Island. Created by NYC-based perfume house, the first and only one of its kind in the city. The brand has its office at 9 Bond Street, hence the name (nothing to do with Bond, James Bond...).
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