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Best Late-Night Shopping in New York

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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published July 6th 2011
The motto "The City that Never Sleeps" extends to late-night shopping, also. Many retail stores stay open until 10:00pm or 10:30pm on weeknights and until 11:00pm on weekends. A few stay open a little later, or have extended opening and closing hours during peak shopping seasons.

Babeland, 43 Mercer Street

If you don't want everyone knowing that you occasionally (or frequently for that matter) shop at a store that caters to "adult" merchandise (yeah, we're talking things to spice up your sex life here-and in the case of Babeland we mean really spice it up!) then this store is for you. The store stays open until 10:00 PM Monday through Saturday and is open until 7:00 PM on Sunday. Opening time on all days is 11:00 AM.

By Robert James, 72 Orchard Street

This is a store for men, but don't expect racks of shirts, pants, suits, ties, and things like that. Instead, you'll think you've stepped back in time to the Wild West—that is, if-er-"mind-expanding" drugs had been as popular as they were in the '60s. That's because the owner plays '60s music (on vinyl, no less) while you shop for classic pieces that aren't in classic colors.

The Dressing Room, 75A Orchard Street

Orchard Street is known for its unusual boutiques, and The Dressing Room is just one of them. Even the opening and closing hours are different. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday, you shop from 1:00 PM until midnight; on Thursday through Saturday, you shop from 1:00 PM until 2:00 AM. The store is closed on Monday.

If that wasn't enough to tell you this store isn't your "run-of-the-mill" boutique, consider this. You can look for items—some of them made by top designers—then celebrate your purchase (or get drunk enough to convince yourself that you didn't just make the biggest purchasing mistake in your life) at the bar that's located in the same place as the boutique.

St. Mark's Bookshop, 31 3rd Avenue, East Village

If you love browsing through bookstores, you can do so at St. Mark's Bookshop until midnight seven days a week. The store opens at 10:00 AM Monday through Saturday, and at 11:00 AM on Sunday. The store leans more toward "artsy" books, which makes it a draw for students or anyone who likes this genre. It also has a "regular" fiction section, which has a huge selection of best-sellers and classic favorites.
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Why? Because shopping is a big part of what New York is about
When: Whenever you want
Where: All over New York
Cost: Depends what you're buying
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