Abc Carpet & Home
In the six-storied furniture store on Broadway 888 the carpets pile up on the wooden floor, the glasses are densely packed in metal racks - everything in high rooms and under large chandeliers. In between: couples strolling around with their personal shopper searching for the perfect mirror for the loft or the organic bed linen for the bedroom. Yuppies on the hunt for a new couch or moneyed grey-haired ladies on a stroll through the tableware-department. In the branch on the opposite side of the street on Broadway 881: carpets of every kind and size on three floors. Old or new, design or antique. The deeper the buyer probes into the store, the more favourable the carpet gets. In the basement there's a constant clearance sale. Abc Carpet & Home has devoted itself with its products to sustainability. Special icons make the buyer aware of the source of the material and the way of manufacturing. Not to be neglected: the Abc Kitchen, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's new restaurant in the mega furniture store.
More than 100 sellers offer antiquities, furniture, clothes, jewellery, art and kitsch at the Williamsburg Waterfront on Sundays in the summer between 10 am and 5 pm; with a view on New York's skyline for free. Surrounded by the smell of fresh tacos, pizzas and coffee, sometimes accompanied by a live band, now and then interrupted by a philosophical discussion or brave bargaining. When the city turns cold and grey - from November to March - the flea market moves from the Waterfront into the former Williamsburg Savings Bank, the second biggest building in Brooklyn, on the junction of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenue. The Flea's origin lies in Williamsburg's Brooklyn Flea, which has been meeting point for browsing people each Saturday from April to November since 2008. From the end of May 2011 onwards, Saturday will be an excursion day in Williamsburg as well: with Smorgasburg, the Flea-founders Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby, are launching a gourmet market with food and farmer stands as well as houseware.
Versace, Jil Sanders, Giorgio Armani - the fashion stars of the world are peacefully united at one place: at Century 21, the mega outlet at the Ground Zero which sells clothing, shoes, bags, accessories, lingerie, sun glasses and fragrances by international designers at discount prices for almost 50 years. In the five storeys of the outlet you have to be ruthless sometimes in a rummage table manner, which stands in contrast to the serious business conduct of the Financial District people in front of the shop's doors. But the scuffles for the pullover or the bag - which the housewife, baseball star and model in the same engaging way participate in - are not surprising as the pieces are cheaper between 40 and 65 per cent. It's cosier in the morning hours or in the Century 21 subsidiary in Brooklyn. The outlet in Manhattan opens its doors to shopaholics and bargain hunters at 7.45, on weekends at 10 o'clock or 11 o'clock, respectively. The store in Brooklyn opens at 10 on weekdays.