Must-See Midtown: Shopping
by Erin O’Hara and nycgo.com staff
Photo: Julienne Schaer
1000 Third Ave., 212-705-2000
It's nearly impossible to walk through New York City without seeing at least one of the recognizable Big (or Little) Brown Bags from Bloomingdale's. The store is a must-see for fashionistas of all stripes, offering both pricey luxury designs and more contemporary and affordable items. Bloomingdale's is now almost 130 years old, starting as a single store in Midtown Manhattan and ultimately growing to a national brand, but there's still nothing like a shopping spree in the huge original "Bloomie's," with its characteristic black-and-white checkered marble floor and all-around luxe atmosphere. Its selection is the most extensive for younger or trendier women, but with eight floors of merchandise, there's plenty to be purchased for men, children and the home, too.