Must-See Lower Manhattan
by Colleen Clark and nycgo.com staff, 04/17/2013
Photo: Omari Souza
22 Cortlandt St., 212-227-9092
At one point or another, every fashion-conscious New Yorker has braved the crowds and narrow aisles of Century 21 in the hopes of finding the discount-store holy grail—a bargain-basement Pucci minidress, say, or a Prada croc clutch priced at less than a month's rent. Much like the City itself, this megastore demands much from its acolytes, including treasure-hunting abilities, rack-searching ruthlessness and saint-worthy patience. But it offers quite a bit in return: good-quality, reasonably priced designer duds, home goods and children's wear. You can expect to pay 40% to 70% below retail here, sometimes even less. Unless you're well versed in the ways of hand-to-hand combat, we suggest avoiding the weekend crush and opting for off-peak shopping.