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Shopping on Upper West Side

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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published June 7th 2011

Between Central Park and the Hudson River, and from West 59th Street to West 125th Street is the Upper West Side of New York City. This area is considered more residential than commercial, but that doesn't mean you can't find good shopping places there.

Like other areas of Manhattan, the Upper West Side has stores that may not be found in other parts of New York City or the state for that matter. It's possible some of them won't be found anywhere else in the United States. This makes Upper West Side shopping more enjoyable, so let's look at a few of the places located there.

Acker Merrall & Condit, 160 West 72nd Street

Nothing is more enjoyable than looking out over Central Park while sipping a fine wine. Luckily for Upper West Side residents and visitors, Acker Merrall & Condit is located there and specializes in some of the finest wines, including a wide selection of burgundies. Pick up a bottle today to enjoy with your evening meal or after dinner.

Allan & Suzi, 506 Amsterdam Avenue

This is a consignment shop that is actually proud of the fact that its offerings lean a little toward the "wacky" side. It's a great place to find a Halloween costume or one for a costume party.

But, don't just look for those. Keep digging, and you may find some designer clothing that has just come "off season". They're yours for just a few dollars.

A Time for Children, 416 Amsterdam Avenue

If you enjoy dressing your children in clothing that is just a little different but still stylish, visit A Time For Children. When you do, you'll not only find some unique clothing but you'll also be contributing to the Children's Aid Society. 100% of the profits made at A Time for Children go to this worthwhile charity.

Maxilla and Mandible, 451 Columbus Avenue

Screw up your courage and come on in, even if the window has a human skeleton standing in it. You'll be glad you did, else you wouldn't be able to see the skulls, butterfly specimen, and other unusual items that are for sale in this very different store.

Westsider Rare & Used Books, 2246 Broadway

The address may not look like an Upper West Side one, but it is. Here you'll find books of all kinds, so squeeze on in (there are a lot of books in there). Once you're inside, make sure you visit the upstairs portion; that's where you'll find the rare books.
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Why? Because the Upper West Side has great shopping
When: Whenever you want
Where: Upper West Side, Manhattan
Cost: Depends
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