The 34th street area from 5th Avenue to 8th Avenue is a shopping area in Midtown, Manhattan which caters to almost all segments. It has stores of branded high end merchandise to discount stores. This falls under the Garment district, a neighborhood located between 5th and 9th Avenues and 34th street and 42nd street.
This area (Herald Square) is a shopper’s must visit place. Some of the stores that can be visited here apart from the mall and Macy’s are
Old Navy, Payless Shoes (shoes for which you actually pay less!), Victoria’s Secret, GAP, Forever 21, Convey (clothes just couldn’t get cheaper than this store!), Sephora (perfumes and cosmetics), Jack’s 99¢ (the indispensible dollar shop which carries everything from bathroom fixture to safety pins) etc.
Here, we have dealt with the 34th street in 3 sections –
First, stores between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue
Second, stores/shops between 7th and 8th Avenues and
Third, stores between 6th and 5th Avenues.
34th street is well connected by the subway, LIRR and long distance Amtrak trains. The latter two are on the 7th Avenue side while subway (Metro) stations are at almost all corners. (Refer Map). The Manhattan mall is connected to the subway (Metro) so one can alight here and start the shopping experience from here. There are number of stores in the mall worth visiting.
Of course no blue blooded shopper would be satisfied with these stores alone. So head outside – coming out of the main entrance you would be standing on 6th avenue. Walk left along 6th Av., you would reach Macy’s on 34th street and Broadway (Broadway cuts across 6th Av. Here). On the way, before reaching Macy’s you would cross Bank of America (withdraw cash if you want), Hat and Cap which has a cool collection of head gear and Ts, Modell’s which no sports fan can ignore, Mrs. Field’s cookies (a must-try), Lush (handmade cosmetics), the Herald Center which has Staples and Daffy’s. After Daffy’s at the corner, you can cross over to Macy’s and the huge banner will declare and it would be impossible for you to miss it. So, here is the largest Store in the World! It covers the entire stretch up till 7th Av.
Beyond Macy’s, on the 35th street and Broadway corner is Conway where some of the very cheap clothing and accessories are available. Read more about Conway.
Opposite Macy’s, across Broadway, on 6th Avenue is Victoria’s Secret – the famous lingerie and inner wear store. Read more about Victoria’s Secret.
MAP - A map depicting the stores between 6th and 7th Avenues is given here. This map is not to scale. Its sole purpose is to show location of the stores on the street. Please click on map to enlarge it.
Between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue-
On 34th street, across Macy’s are –
At The corner of 34th and 6th Av. At the Herald Center is Daffy’s, the apparel store. A lot of stock- racks and racks of clothes, latest fashion but low priced – characterizes this store. The store entrance is also through Herald Center which has Journey’s and staples apart from Daffy’s. Read More about Daffy’s.
Next comes Journey’s, a store of apparels, shoes and accessories for young men and women and also for children. They have a scheme whereby one can pay in installments called “bill me later”.
Next is Diamonds & Dials, a diamond jewelry store.
This is a good option if you are just looking to increase your shoe collection without caring about expensive brands and their snob value. Read More about Payless ShoesSource
Buying comfortable sporty foot wear couldn’t get easier. This store is the lady Footlocker. You can get Nike, Addidas, Puma, Reebok et al. Read More about Footlocker.
After the Sprint store is Cliquer’s, a store for discounted casuals and party/prom dresses. Read More about Cliquer’s.
After the Sprint and Cliquers stores you would next come to Sephora. This Paris based store carries over 250 brands of cosmetics and fragrances, skin and bath products. Read More about Sephora.
Next is a Verizon (mobile service providers) outlet. After that comes Kay Jewelers. They have a whole range of jewelry – starting from low priced fashion jewelry (starting from $40) to three stone diamond rings and solitaires ($13k). Kay also has watches – Bulova, Movado, Citizen etc. Varied gems viz. rubies, garnet, emeralds, topaz etc. are available – Read More about Kay Jewelers.Skechers
Next comes Skechers. If you want fashionable and trendy pair of footwear this is the place. The collection is good. Skechers caters to the entire family with sneakers, boots, sandals, dress shoes and casual shoes for men and women and for kids as well. Read More about Skechers.
After Skechers there is Zales. Zales is a specialty retailer of fine jewelry with over 2200 retail outlets in North America under the brand names Zales Jewelers, Zales Outlet (value priced fine jewelry), Read More about Zales.
After Zales is Old Navy store. This covers four floors and has huge stock for women, men, kids and also accessories. Upon entry from 34th street, it’s the women’s segment. Good for trendy casuals and seasonal wears. Read More about Old Navy.
After this there are some eateries including Dunkin Donuts, Pizza Hut and Tad’s Steak.
This is another chain catering to trendy and low priced clothing for men, women, teens and children. Read more about H&M.
On the left, the entire block is occupied by Macy’s. After H&M and the corner subway station entrance, across the street is Footaction. Across 7th Av. on the Macy’s side, are Citibank (with ATM), another Conway store and further down are cafes and eateries viz. Starbucks, Hale & Hearty Soup, Burger King etc. Burger King also has Internet access facilities. Next to it is a Photo shop. Opposite are Garden café and Au bon pain.