Macy's – Shopping in Manhattan

Macy’s at 34th street

One of the most easily accessible shopping places – both from New York and New Jersey, this is a popular haunt for shoppers from all over. There are a number of entrances for this block long store – viz. Broadway, 7th Ave., 34th st., 35th st. Entering from the main Broadway entrance one would encounter an array of counters for accessories including bags, belts, jewelry, etc. and cosmetics. On the right up a flight of stairs one can refresh with coffee and cake from Starbucks. Further down across the escalators is the section for perfumes. At the escalator point, the one leading below takes one to the “cellar”, kitchen items, restrooms, salad bars, Godiva and other chocolate section. The one leading above takes one to endless rows of women’s apparel.  It is a matter of following the charts given in all floors which give floor wise details of products displayed. Macy’s have their locations at various places but this is the flagship store.

Macy’s Discount coupon for out-of-town visitors: If you are from out of state or country you can check with the customer service desk (it’s a little out of the way in the mezzanine) for discounts. For domestic visitors the discount is valid for 5 days whiles for international visitors it is valid for 30 days. For international visitors this savings card is available in Spanish, Japanese, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Korean and Portuguese (apart from English). But one should go through the fine print given overleaf since the discounts may not apply to some of the brands. The continuity of this scheme can be checked at the Macy’s site.

Macy’s at 34th Street and Broadway, Herald Square, NYC







Macy’s at 34th Street and Broadway, Herald Square, NYC

One can get almost any type of attire here – formal, casual, sports wear, gowns, outerwear et al. Its also kept brand wise – so if one has any preference it is easier to shop. There is also “Macy’s by Appointment”. This is a free service which helps one to shop as per taste, budget and requirement. The store provides the personal-shopping staff. At times when one has something specific in mind, this is a good option since it is possible to get lost in this sea of apparel and other products. This service helps with wardrobe, gifts selection, shopping parties etc.There are few restaurants and cafes within the Macy’s premises.

Macy's 34th st
Macy’s 34th st

About Macy’s- Founded in 1858 by Rowland H. Macy as a dry goods store in Massachusetts, today it is a chain of more than 850 stores spread in 45 states with revenue of over $27 billion. This mid-range department store has its flagship store in Herald Square in Manhattan, NYC which is slated to be largest store in the world. Other National flagship stores are in San Francisco and Chicago; Divisional flagship stores being in Miami, Atlanta, St. Louis, Seattle. But to reach this enviable position this chain with humble beginnings has undergone numerous mergers and acquisitions and also changes in management.
1858 – Macy’s founded by R.H. Macy (initially it was at 14th street & 6th Av., then moved to 18th Street & Broadway)
1896 – R. H. Macy’s acquired by Isidor and Nathan Straus
1902 – Moves to Herald Square at 34th and Broadway.
1924-1931 – Additions and expansions leading the store to occupy almost the entire block.  Currently this building is designated a National Historic Landmark.
1922 – Macy’s went public.
1920s – 1940s – numerous acquisitions including Davison-Paxon-Stokes, L.Bamberger & Co., John Taylor Dry Goods Co. These were named Macy’s. However later in 1986 the Midwest location stores were sold off.
1986 – 1988 – Edward Finkelstein (Chairman & CEO of Macy’s) led a leveraged buyout of the company. An attempt to takeover Federated Department Stores Inc. proves futile. Macy’s buys the California based divisions of Federated – Bullock’s, Bullocks Wilshire and I. Magnin.
1992 – Macy’s files for Bankruptcy. The banks bring in a new management. Non-performing stores are closed and Macy’s is divided into Macy’s East and Macy’s West.
1994- R.H. macy & Co. merges with Federated Department Stores. After merger another shake up happens where I.Magnin Chain is shut down, a number of California acquisitions are sold to Saks Fifth Avenue and several converted to Macy’s or Bullock’s.
Late 1990s – early 2000s – More acquisitions and sales and consolidations. Most of the acquisitions renamed “Macy’s”.
2005 – Federated acquired May Department. After this acquisition Federated renames all regional department stores of May as Macy’s though there was vehement objection to this from the locals.
2006 – Divests May’s Lord & Taylor.
2007 – Federated Department Stores name changed to Macy’s Inc. It continues to operate stores under Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.

Macy’s organizes the annual Thanksgiving Parade in New York City. It is an elaborate and exciting affair with people coming from all over the country to enjoy the parade.
Reference: Macy’s
Related Articles:
New York City Shopping – 34th street, 6th to 7th Avenue ; New York City Shopping – 34th Street, 7th Ave. to 8th Ave. ; New York City Shopping – 34th St. 5th to 6th Ave. ;  Manhattan Mall – Shopping in New York City 

Shopping in New York City

Shopping, in the US is the single most important and obsessive activity for people (I guess apart from sex!). It is almost a religion in itself! And place of worship of this “religion’ would be the malls, department stores, exclusive showrooms and boutiques.
For an outsider it is very easy to get submerged in the deluge of stores, products, deals, coupons, sale et al. But a little groundwork could make you ease your way through this jungle. And let me tell you – it is a wonderful jungle indeed!34_st_nyc_manhattan_mall

The best place to start would be the Mall of the area you are visiting. This would give you a bird’s eye view of the latest trends, fads and sale going on – all under one roof. It would also afford the opportunity to compare prices, check out the best and expensive as well as the cheaper items. Its like you have everything under one roof. You might find an item in store A is more expensive than the similar/same item in store B. This does happen, especially when there is a sale going on in one and not in the other. So go around, almost like a reconnaissance. Once you are clear about the goods available and how the price and utility fits you, you can go ahead and buy it. Reduces the after purchase remorse! Especially, when you have come as a tourist and have limited time. But otherwise, the return policies in most outlets are good – ranges from 15 days to 3 months and in some cases 6 months, depending on the product. NYC provides shopping experience to match all budgets – from the really discounted shopping in Chinatown, Flushing etc. to the most exclusive experiences in Upper East Side, 5th Ave. etc.

Sale & Clearance in New York City

The best deals available, amongst other days, are during Thanksgiving (last Thursday of November), the days before Christmas (December), before Valentine (which falls on 14th February), before Columbus day (2nd Monday of october), before Independence day (14th July). Apart from these, each store / outlet has sale/clearance days often. The clearance after New Year is one of the best. You get very good deals on winter clothes, disc threads et al.

Malls in New York

In New York City there are numerous malls. Some of them are given below –

1) Manhattan Mall – 6th Ave and 33rd Street
2) South Street Seaport – 12 Fulton Street
3) Trump Tower – Columbus Circle?
4) Queens Center – 90-15 Queens Blvd.
5) Kings Plaza Shopping Center & Marina – 5100 Kings Plaza, Brooklyn
6) Staten Island Mall – 2655 Richmond Avenue
7) Newport Mall – Jersey City
8) Jersey Gardens – outlet mall


NYC Times Square
NYC Times Square

Some of the shopping areas in Manhattan include –

1) Garment District
2) Midtown
3) SoHo
4) Chelsea
5) East Village
6) Greenwich Village
7) Financial District
8) Gramercy Park
9) Meat Packing District
10) South Street Seaport
11) Union Square
12) Tribeca
13) Upper West Side
14) Upper East Side

Some of the stores found in the malls are –

Aldo, Arden B. New York & Company, Sunglass hut,
Ann Taylor, Avenue , Banana Republic,
Barnes & Noble, Bloomingdale’s, Brooks Brothers,
Calvin Klein, Charlotte Russe, Claire’s Boutique,
Coach, Coach, D & G, David’s Bridal, Dick’s Sporting Goods,
Forever 21, Fortunoff, Frederick’s of Hollywood, Gap,
Golf Galaxy, H&M, J. Crew, JC Penny, Kohls, Lane Bryant,
Le Chateau, Lids, Lola, Macy’s, Motherhood Maternity,
Neiman Marcus, Nordstorm Rack, Lord & Taylor,
Off 5th – Saks 5th Ave, Pay half, Polo Ralph Lauren,
Sears, Steve & Barry’s, Strawberry, Swarovski Crystal,
Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria’s Secret, Wet Seal,
Yankee Candle.


Related articles :

More on Shopping in Manhattan, New York –
Shopping in NYC – 34th street, 6th to 7th Avenue ;   Shopping in Manhattan, NYC- 34th Street, 7th Ave. to 8th Ave. ;
Manhattan Mall Shopping, NYC