When you visit as many stores as I do (note to accountant -- it's retail research, not shopping), you begin to see patterns and trends emerging, and New York this year is no exception.
Read Whole Story
It's time to revisit where to buy the world's best treat -- chocolate. Whether you love your chocolate light and sweet, or dark and bitter, there are plenty of places old and new to indulge.
Lovely soaps and lotions aren't just for getting clean and softening your skin -- this affordable luxury can provide a brief spa-like experience every day.
This edition is all about the new -- the new stores making their New York City or even U.S. debuts, to help you reinvent yourself for the season that starts next week.
We may have a while to go before the spring thaws come, but a number of retailers can give you the sense of a quick break in the tropics -- and spas that are a vacation in themselves.
Top marks for this recently reopened New York landmark: a gem, even in a city with no shortage of swish hotels. Polished staff evoke just the right feeling as soon as you walk through the door.
With the holidays over and 2011 well under way, I'm looking forward to a new year of new stores for New Yorkers and our 49.5 million visitors. As a...
The end of this year also marks the end of the decade, and so it seems appropriate to look back at how New York City retail has changed over these very dramatic 10 years.
From a 60s mod fashion boutique to a tiny shop where Robert De Niro gets his shoes custom made, there's more to Madison Avenue than Prada, Gucci and t...
The stereotypes of ageism -- propagated by the mainstream media are embedded in our national psyche -- make many of us dread what can be the best days of our lives.
Now that Hanukkah is over and Christmas is literally around the corner, it's time to look back at this year in shopping.
You've seen the endless TV commercials and web ads that wink at Christmas without daring to mention "He Who Must Not Be Named." Christ may be the new Voldemort. Face it: The war on Christmas is lost.
When I heard about The Pierre's $100 million renovation project, I was skeptical. Would the iconic property be turned into a frilly glam wonder? Wonderfully, this is not the case in the least.
James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces, is again facing scrutiny for a publishing venture -- a scandal that emphasizes the wide gulf between younger and older literary artists.
Steve Martin may be a wild and crazy guy elsewhere but when it comes to his new novel, An Object of Beauty, set squarely in Manhattan's art-and-commerce world, he's serious.
The big-box revolution (aka superstores) that took over the suburbs years ago has come to the five boroughs. Save time and money by taking care of multiple needs in one big store this season.
Ralph Lauren just built the first mansion on the Upper East Side since 1918 and reached the zenith he's aimed for since the '60s when he started hawking wide ties.
If the gracious and pricey Upper East Side is the Gold Coast of Manhattan, then Madison Avenue is the waterfront for art lovers.
September means a lot of things to a lot of people -- the beginning of fall, back to school, football season. For me, it's time to take stock of my shoe wardrobe.
Although the cliché is that it's hard to imagine Woodstock happened that long ago, I find it hard to imagine that those three days of peace and music happened so recently.
In my many years on Earth, seems to me that most presidents are out of touch with the people. Politicians are not my touchstone of reality. Shopping is.
Let's face it -- the right bag can change an entire outfit -- much more affordably than filling your closet with more new clothes (not that there's anything wrong with that, either.)
It's official: Google is evil. As one of the leading dark forces in the current net neutrality debate, Google has partnered with other large media and...
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit sold two million copies. And the title entered our national language as a kind of shorthand for a Madison Avenue hypocrite.
It's hard to believe that there's nobody out there
It's hard to believe that I'm all alone
At least I have her love, the city, she loves me
Get top stories and blogs posts emailed to you each day.