Times Square - New York Shopping
Times Square is emerging as a premier destination for fashionistas with such internationally-known stores as Forever 21, American Eagle, Disney, Levi’s, Billabong, Quicksilver and MAC. Make-up and beauty fanatics have Bare Escentuals, Sephora, MAC, L’Occitane and Inglot to choose from as well. Plus, where else can you ride a ferris wheel inside a store but at the Toys R Us in Times Square?
Everything about Times Square is big, the crowds, the jumbo-screens, the decorations…and these stores are no exception. If you have kids, or you still like to foster the little kid inside you, Toys R Us is a must see. There's a huge carousel inside this giant toy mecca that is just so over the top, it's fabulous! Also essential for dessert lovers and kids alike are the Hershey's Times Square Store, Dale and Thomas Popcorn , and M&M's World! And of course, one should never forget the world of Hello Kitty that recently became fully accessible to us New Yorkers. The Sanrio Store features Hello Kitty and all her friends…and obviously tons of pink and stuffed animals!
There are also some things for the boys, because we all know if we drag them into Hello Kitty land they're going to demand a little time for themselves! In that case, there's a giant Modell's Sporting Goods store, the surfer's paradise Quiksilver, the skater's paradise Element, preppy clothing purveyors Original Penguin, and a very plus-sized Forever 21 (with the new Disney Store soon to follow) in the old home of the epic Virgin Megastore.
This area of town literally has every area of shopping covered, even shops for the vertically gifted, like Rochester Big and Tall , a store which specializes in extra long pants and jackets.
And of course, because a number of TV networks call Times Square their home, it's essential to stop by the MTV Store, right by MTV studios where thousands of screaming fans used to stand outside cheering for the celebs on the now-defunct TRL. There's also an ABC Store just in case you love your favorite primetime TV shows enough to want some memorabilia or T-Shirts that feature them!
If you get hungry after all of this shopping business, you should totally stop by ESPN Zone where you can play loads of video games while eating and drinking—which is really cool. There's also about a zillion sports games on the TV at any given time so if you're not into gaming, you'll definitely be into watching the game. And, again, for those with little ones, Mars 2112 is where just about every native NYC kid wanted to have their birthday party when they were younger. The space-themed restaurant is visually stimulating, and again really cool.
So there you have it, a rundown of the must-see, although most of it is already so large it couldn't possibly be missed. Just make sure you don't forget to stop off and see a Broadway production on your way through the shops!