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Window shop your way into an alternative reality. Go to Bergdorf Goodman and act like you belong there. Try on perfume samples at Saks Fifth Avenue. See what the deviants are up to at Purple Passion, London or the Leatherman. If nothing else, the toy store can provide hours of entertainment for the young at heart.
For a musical feast, wander around the Times Square subway station at rush hour, or watch break dancing at Grand Central.
- Bergdorf Goodman
754 5th Avenue (58th Street)
Where the rich shop.
- Saks Fifth Avenue
611 Fifth Avenue (between 49th and 50th Streets)
Where the rich also shop.
- Purple Passion
242 West 16th Street between 7th and 8th Aves
Definitely don't bring the kids.
84 Christopher Street 212-647-9195
85 Christopher Street 212-647-9106
between Bleecker and 7th Avenue South
A bit tamer than the other two, if you are curious but don't want to be overwhelmed, try London BTQ at 85 Christopher Street. London Fetish is definitely more on the wild side.
111 Christopher Street between Bleecker and Hudson
Mainly catering to gay men, this store is open to all.
- FAO Schwartz
Fifth Ave and 58th Street
The world's best toy store!
- Times Square Subway Station
Underground beneath Times Square
42nd and Broadway
There is music all over, so just walk around and follow the pleasing sounds. If a crowd is gathered, but there's no performance, that means they are about to start. Just wait a few minutes.
- Grand Central Station
42nd and Park
Break dancers are usually near the subways. There are also occasionally trios playing string instruments and opera singers as well.