Souvenir Shopping Part 2, 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 2 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 2
Guide Location: USA » New York (See other walking tours in New York)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Author: Daniel
New York Transit Museum Shop

1) New York Transit Museum Shop

What to buy here: New York City Train Set. A classic toy, the New York City Subway Train set continues to capture the imagination of children, young and old. At the Metropolitan Transit Museum, these die-cast trains are the hottest item of all time. The small cabooses are priced starting at $15 and are compatible with Thomas the Steam Engine sets. Children can choose from the iconic blue, orange, green, and red subway lines; silver façade MTA-licensed cars; and intricate Lionel Train sets as well. New York City Train sets are also available in wood and hard plastic to suit your needs and price range. 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.

2) Macy's

What to buy here: New York City Snow Globe.

With a twist of your wrist, you can watch white snow dapple the New York City skyline. One of the most recognizable city facades in the world, Manhattan has been the subject of countless artists and souvenirs. But inside a snow globe, the city comes to life and winter is year round. On the lower level of Macy’s in Herald Square, cheerful green boxes encase the iconic New York City in slow drifting snow. Underneath the platform, a small key can be wound to power the music box inside. Priced at $39.99, the snow globe makes a great gift that can be easily stowed in your carry-on. The area around Herald Square is an action-packed arena of shopping. 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.
Cosby’s Sporting Goods

3) Cosby’s Sporting Goods

What to buy here: New York Rangers Jersey.

A member of the National Hockey League since 1926, the New York Rangers is one of the oldest teams in American ice hockey history. Skating into the limelight as one of New York City’s premiere sports teams, the Rangers secured their claim to fame by wining the Stanley Cup in the franchise’s sophomore year. While vacationing in New York, browse through the Rangers gear and consider taking home a classic Dubinsky jersey. In 2007, Brandon Dubinsky first cut across the ice as a New York Ranger and began a stellar career. A fan favorite, Dubinsky recently signed a four-year contract with the Rangers for over $16 million. In 2011, the franchise authorized the production of their 85th anniversary jerseys. On the hemline, the jersey displays every number retired by the New York Rangers. Also, the upper sleeve carries a bold commemorative NHL patch. Anniversary jerseys start at $220. 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.
Sabon Store

4) Sabon Store

What to buy here: Sabon Sea Salt Scrubs.

Having tweaked an ancient Aboriginal soap recipe, the Sabon Fragrance Shop began in 1973 as a backyard soap-making boutique. Now 38 years later, Sabon boasts eight New York City storefronts, sprinkled through the island’s trendiest districts. Each shop is artfully decorated with chandeliers, brass fixtures, and a stone well. Newcomers are invited to wash their hands with their signature Sabon sea salts. Dark wood paneling and romantic candles make each visit to Sabon a journey into fragrant nirvana. In the heart of Greenwich Village, Sabon has one of its most popular shops, surrounded by the vibrancy and chic lifestyle of this iconic neighborhood. Cafes and boutiques line the streets. College students and musicians traverse the walkways. In the Village, life is hip. 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.
Astor Wine & Spirits

5) Astor Wine & Spirits

What to buy here: Long Island Wine. If Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc, make your taste buds stand up at attention, New York is the place for you. Located 75 miles east of Manhattan, America’s third largest grape growing region enjoys the coastal breeze and fertile soils of eastern Long Island. Growing seasons are long. Bottles are shipped worldwide. And over a million wine lovers flock to the Hamptons and North Fork annually. For a great day trip, visit one of several wineries and spend the day snacking and sampling the local wares. 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. But if time is tight, visit Astor Wine & Spirits at 399 Lafayette Street, a 60 year-old Greenwich Village icon with over 4000 bottles to browse.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 9:00-21:00; Sunday: 12:00-18:00.
Dean & Deluca Coffee

6) Dean & Deluca Coffee

What to buy here: Dean & Deluca Coffee. Coffee is the lifeline for many Manhattanites and at Dean & Deluca, business is booming. Owners Joel Dean and Giorgio DeLuca opened their first shop in 1977 on the streets of Soho. Their plan began with a passion to bring artisan foods into New York City. Three decades later, Dean & Deluca have 14 retail stores in the United States and maintain six in Manhattan alone. Daily specials of soup and sandwiches draw a regular crowd. But their coffee is the superstar on the menu. Both superior in quality and a fair trade product, Dean & Deluca coffee is sustainably grown and produced by Counter Culture. Three popular blends include the clean and mellow Americana Blend, the fruity Africana Blend, and the chocolatey, non-acidic Pacifica Blend. A Trio Sampler offers 3 ounces of each blend and costs $13.50. For a delightful trip to an artisan grocer, visit the original flagship shop on Prince Street and Broadway, 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.

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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.