Souvenir Shopping Part 1, New York (Self Guided)

It would be a pity to leave New York without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to New York, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 1
Guide Location: USA » New York (See other walking tours in New York)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Author: Daniel


What to buy here: DKNY Be Delicious Perfume.

Lauded as high fashion with urban sensibility, DKNY or Donna Karen New York began in 1989 as a young and youthful line that exploded in popularity and spun into DKNY Jeans, DKNY Kids, and DKNY Active. As a wink and a nod to New York City and it’s Big Apple image, DKNY introduced its Be Delicious line of perfumes in 2010. Cast in shiny metal and clear glass, the apple-shaped bottle encases a sumptuous scent that brims with wildflowers and fruit. As an encore to the success of Be Delicious, DKNY then released a second scent called Golden Delicious. Replacing the silvery steel, Golden Delicious flaunts a gilded hue atop clear glass. The perfume is a touch more sophisticated with feathering notes of orange blossom and rose petal. Each 3.4 ounce bottle costs $75 at DKNY. Limited editions of Be Delicious perfumes are also available in Candy Apple and Red Delicious. Located at 655 Madison Avenue, DKNY is open 10 am to 8 pm Monday to Saturday, 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.
American Girl Doll Company

2) American Girl Doll Company

What to buy here: dolls, doll apparel, doll and children's clothes. Personalized, one of a kind dolls are extremely popular. In the heart of Manhattan, the American Girl Doll Company sits on one full New York City block and fills its 3 floors with dolls, doll apparel, and children’s clothing. It is a wonderland of imagination, accented in pastel pink. Among their best line is the New York clothing, a great souvenir for young children. Shirts are embossed with “New York” and sparkling stars. They are available in doll sizes and matching children’s sizes as well. After your doll excursion, explore the surrounding area, one of Manhattan’s liveliest neighborhoods in midtown. During winter, visit the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. Snap a picture in front of Radio City Music Hall. Or head south toward Times Square and Broadway. If your feeling peckish, stay for lunch with your little lady and her new doll at the American Girl Company. The restaurant offers booster seats for dolls and a great menu. American Girl Doll Company is located at 609 Fifth Avenue at 49th Street. Their hours are 10 am to 7pm every day. For other doll and doll accessories, walk over to FAO Schwarz at Fifth Avenue or take the subway to the famed Madame Alexander Doll Company at 615 West 131st Street.
M&M World

3) M&M World

What to buy here: Green M&M Statue of Liberty.

The Statue of Liberty is the most visited sight in New York City. As one of the most important symbols in New York City, this historic statue is often depicted in paintings and cast in metal for classic souvenirs. She stands tall and firm against the skyline, a familiar silhouette. But two playful and unique versions of Lady Liberty have found their way onto Manhattan. In Midtown’s M&M World, the Green M&M portrays a whimsical and rotund statue filled with chocolate candies. In the world of sweet treats, this statue tops the list for fun and iconic gifts. If you are just roaming the city scene or passively people watching, stop into the shop. Taste some chocolate and take home the Green M&M Statue of Liberty for $21.75.

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.
Yankees Clubhouse

4) Yankees Clubhouse

What to buy here: New York Yankees Pillow Pets.

Draping a cute and cuddly teddy bear with the iconic pinstripes of the Yankees, Pillow Pets gives young New York fans a plush friend to nap with on the plane ride home. The Yankee Pillow Pet lays flat on any surface for a thin cushion. But line up the paws and you make a pinstripe baseball bear to cradle tired heads. Pricing for Yankee Pillow Pets begin at $29.99. Several locations sell these comfy pals, including the Yankees Clubhouse Shops. With three locations in Manhattan, this sport shop houses thousands of Yankees memorabilia, player jerseys, and unique collectibles. Bright and centrally located, the Yankees Clubhouse at 245 42nd Street in Times Square is a bustling hub for your Yankees needs. Store hours are 9 am to 11 pm Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, they are open until midnight. 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.
Champs Sports

5) Champs Sports

What to buy here: New York Giants Draft Day Hat. A top ranking team in the National Football League, the New York Giants entered the association in 1925 and is the only remaining franchise that entered from that class. Though their home stadium is located in New Jersey’s Meadowlands, visitors need not brave the New Jersey Turnpike for their football apparel. Instead, hundreds of shops in Manhattan offer a wide selection of one of the state’s most popular teams. Bright red and bold, this New York Giants hat is the official cap for 2011 draft. Made by Reebok, the hat features the embroidered team logo, raised lettering, and fine blue & white striping along the sides. Prices begin at $24.95 and sizes run from 6-3/4 to 7-5/8. The hat is officially licensed by the National Football League and available at several sporting good 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 on any other day, head over to Champs Sport, a massive store with New York Giants apparel.
Mets Clubhouse Shop

6) Mets Clubhouse Shop

What to buy here: New York Mets Autographed Major League Baseballs.

Baseball is America’s pastime and in 1962, the New York Mets officially joined Major League Baseball, making Shea Stadium their home in Queens. Now playing at Citi Field since 2009, the Mets continue to proudly wear their blue and orange colors, welcoming fans from all over the world. The franchise has seen some of baseballs best players pass through their corridors, including Hall of Famers Gary Carter, Willie Mays, Yogi Berra, and Rickey Henderson. While visiting New York City, make sure to attend a game if possible. Keep a look out for subway series games when the Mets battle against their cross-town rivals, the Yankees. 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. 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.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:00.
Modell's Sporting Goods

7) Modell's Sporting Goods

What to buy here: Knicks Jersey. Robed in iconic blue and orange team colors, the New York Knicks is one of two NBA franchises still located in its original city. Short for knickerbocker pants, “knicks” was a moniker applied to Dutch settlers who first founded Manhattan in the 17th century. The New York Knicks boast some of the biggest names in National Basketball Association history, including Patrick Ewing, Dave DeBusschere, and Walt (Clyde) Frazier. While touring through the grid-patterned streets of midtown Manhattan, consider taking home a New York Knicks jersey. A recent addition to the team, Carmelo Anthony played as a Syracuse Orangeman in college and garnered the circuit buzz while playing in Denver. Knick fans swooned at the possibility of acquiring this new star to boost the franchise and fill stadium seats. After choosing #7 for his jersey, fans mobbed stores to purchase their own Melo No. 7. 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. For a central location, try 51 East 42nd Street. Opened Monday to Friday, 7 am to 9:30 pm. Saturday, 9 am to 8pm. Sunday 10 am to 7:30 pm.
MTA Transit Museum Shop

8) MTA Transit Museum Shop

What to buy here: Official MTA Rain Boots.

An exclusive set of footwear unique to New York City, the Official MTA Rain Boots are a pair of high boots, patterned with the multi-colored route indictors for all Manhattan’s subway lines. Women sizes are available for 6 to 9 and run a little large. The sporty boots reach to mid-calf, high enough to prevent water from splashing into the wells. Each pair costs $38 or $34.20 for members of the MTA Transit Museum. Designed in a brightly colored polka dot pattern, the boots have the iconic blue, red, orange, and green circular subway indicators as displayed in the train system. A great gift, the boots are also functional during metropolitan downpours. The ridged heel has deep tread. The excellent no-slip traction is perfect on long, rainy walks from Grand Central Station to Broadway. To match your route indicator rain boots, check out the matching mouse pad and round, storage boxes. 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.

Operation Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 am - 8 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm

Walking Tours in New York, New York

Create Your Own Walk in New York

Create Your Own Walk in New York

Creating your own self-guided walk in New York is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
New York's Central Park Walking Tour

New York's Central Park Walking Tour

It is the first public park built in America, and the most famous park in the world today. Enjoy a great relaxing time, surrounded by natural beauty, gazing upon numerous man-made wonders - fountains, monuments, sculptures, bridges and arches. Central Park offers over 50 delightful attractions. Take this walking tour to explore the beauties of the Central Park.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.3 km
Orientation Tour in New York City's Midtown Manhattan

Orientation Tour in New York City's Midtown Manhattan

Midtown Manhattan is the largest commercial, entertainment, and media center of the United States. The area is a home to some of NYC's most iconic landmarks, such as the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building, as well as the world-famous Rockefeller Center, Broadway, and Times Square. Check out this orientation walk and explore Midtown, NY for yourself!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 km
Chelsea Nightlife

Chelsea Nightlife

No matter what nightlife style you have, New York City has them all. Nightlife in this city is much more a state of mind than anything else, and there are bars and restaurants open at any hour of the day. Here you can find swanky lounges, high octane dance clubs, sophisticated piano bars, old-fashioned Irish pubs and much more. Take this walking tour to experience the amazing New York's Lower...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Brooklyn New York Walking Tour

Brooklyn New York Walking Tour

Brooklyn, one of New York City’s 5 boroughs, occupies the western tip of Long Island and is connected to neighboring Manhattan via the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. The area is known primarily these days for its ethnic diversity; it also abounds in a variety of recreational, cultural and historic attractions. The most notable landmarks include Park Slope, Prospect Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden,...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
The Best of New York's Lower Manhattan

The Best of New York's Lower Manhattan

Lower (aka Downtown) Manhattan is a cluster of attractions. Following the September 11 attacks and ensued reconstruction of the area, the skyline of Lower Manhattan has been transformed and dominated by the newly-built One World Trade Center. The site of the former World Trade Center now holds The 9/11 Memorial & Museum. Lower Manhattan contains many other historic buildings, such as the old...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Religious Buildings Walking Tour, New York

Religious Buildings Walking Tour, New York

New York is often defined by the word skyscraper. But this city also offers a beautiful collection of religious buildings. Each of these buildings feature spectacular architecture and design. Take this walking tour to explore the most famous religious buildings in New York.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.7 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in New York for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best New York has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting New York's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the New York CityPASS, New York Pass, NY Sightseeing Pass, or New York City Explorer Pass.

A city pass combines all or multiple NYC's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip lines at major attractions, thus saving your precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of New York hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: JW Marriott Essex House New York, Moderne Hotel, The Manhattan Club.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as New York, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of New York typically costs somewhere between US$30 and US$125 per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of New York City in comfort listening in the headsets to prerecorded commentary in a variety of foreign languages, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the three interconnecting routes as often as you like. The tickets are valid for one, two, three, four or five days and can be upgraded to include a night tour as well.

- Hop a ferry from Manhattan to visit two of New York's most iconic sights - the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. This 4-hour journey is an absolute must for those in the city for the first time as it allows visitors to follow in the footsteps of millions of migrants who reached this way the U.S shore up until the mid 1950s in pursuit of the American dream.

- Take the Wall Street tour created by a former investment banker and walk behind the scenes of something as quintessentially American as NYC financial district to see where billions of dollars change hands every day, making America what it is.

- Explore the home base of two of New York City’s most colorful ethnic communities that gave this fascinating metropolis much of its flavor. Embark on a guided tour of Little Italy and Chinatown to explore the popular restaurants and shops, discover the hidden gems and learn the stories surrounding these and other locations retold by an expert local guide.

- Spare a couple of hours in the morning or afternoon to pedal your way through the beautiful Central Park in NYC on a fun and educational bike tour to observe the park's most famous attractions, watching the surroundings, and learning interesting facts about the landmarks en route from a knowledgeable group leader.

- Take a big bite out of the Big Apple on a half-day food tour of Brooklyn, the newly-emerged culinary center of New York and the national food epicenter. Come and see where the dining trends of today's America are born out of the old ethnic traditions and dispersed further afield. Quench your appetite for a diverse and cutting edge food scene while touring one of New York City's coolest and tastiest boroughs.

Day Trips

If you have a day to spare whilst in New York City, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Niagara Falls, Philadelphia and Lancaster County, or Hamptons on Long Island. For as little as circa US$170 to US$530 per person you will get a chance to discover the beauty and the awesome might of the roaring waterfall, take a daring boat ride behind its curtain, or drive through the beautiful countryside to the home of the Amish people known for their plain living and resistance to modern technologies, or enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of a big city in a quaint 300-year-old seaside village, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in New York City and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle (or even boat, whenever applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.