READER TIPS

New York City Shopping

We asked for your favorite places to browse and buy in one of the world's top shopping destinations. Here are the winning answers.

We asked for your favorite places to shop in New York City, and you sent in a lot of great responses. Our five winners will receive a Streetwise Map Pack of Manhattan, which consists of seven laminated accordion-fold maps with information on attractions, museums, hotels, parks, and more. In addition to a map of Manhattan, the pack includes an address finder and maps of the borough's most prominent neighborhoods (Midtown, Greenwich Village), the subway and bus systems, and Central Park.

For more great shopping tips, read a Q&A with Pamela Keech, author of The Curious Shopper's Guide to New York City. From flowers to pickles to vintage signs, Keech shares her secrets on where to find one-of-a-kind holiday buys. Thanks for all of your responses, and here are the winning entries:

I just LOVE to shop in the Village--all of the quirky, quaint little shops are awesome. Take the 1 subway line to Christopher Street/Sheridan Square, get off and look around, and start wandering. The streets in the Village are not the typical Manhattan grid pattern, which makes wandering even more fun. Be sure to check out Mxyplyzyk for the cook who has everything. --Melinda, London, Ohio

If you don't have a lot of time and like to save money, Century 21 has it all. This discount department store has something for everyone. When we were there last spring, my daughters got great deals on clothes while I shopped for linens and gifts. When we were all done we even got a great deal on a suitcase to take all our bargains home in! --Lou Ann Jensen, Arlington, S.D.

New York Public Library: They have a great gift shop with books on New York City and their current special exhibit, great children's book-related gifts, and of course lots of NYPL lion memorabilia. The best souvenir there is free and takes only 10 to 20 minutes: Present a photo ID to apply for your own NY Public Library card, with your photo on it. --Laurie DeLand, Silver Spring, Md.

The several Housing Works Thrift stores. You never know what wonderful treasures you will find. --Elise Mandel, Lexington. Ky.

Surma Ukrainian gift shop on East 7th Street. They carry unique embroidered blouses and breathtaking decorated eggs. --Eileen Lipston, Kirkland, Wash.

TRIP COACH TRANSCRIPT
Pamela Keech answered your New York City shopping questions in a chat session on Nov. 28, 2006. Read the transcript!

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