When it comes to consumerism, New York leaves all other cities behind. Shopping can be extraordinarily cheap, but move further uptown and it can also be phenomenally expensive. Midtown Manhattan is mainstream territory, with the department stores, big-name clothes designers and branches of the larger chains. Downtown plays host to a wide variety of more offbeat stores – SoHo is perhaps the most popular shopping neighbourhood in these parts, and generally the most expensive. Affordable alternatives for the young and trendy are available in the Lower East Side, and good vintage clothing can be found there, in the East Village and in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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