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“Great shopping......” 4 of 5 stars
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Fifth Avenue
New York City, NY (Manhattan)
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Ranked #41 of 633 Attractions in New York City
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Shopping
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Owner description: Famous street offering some of the most expensive and fashionable shops in the city.
Keighley, United Kingdom
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“Great shopping......”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We travelled to NYC in dec/jan so it was very very busy...!!! Although I'm sure it is anytime...!!!! We loved the shopping on 5th avenue....especially macys .....take extra luggage to fill up for the trip home..!!

Visited December 2013
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“Main Street Manhattan!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Sure, there are lots of expensive shops, but the best thing to do is just to stroll. 5th Avenue (also spelled "Fifth Avenue") is, next to Broadway, Manhattan's most famous thoroughfare - even in Jerusalem, Israel, there is a downtown boutique called "5th Avenue"! It serves only southbound traffic. The street begins in Greenwich Village at Washington Square Park, right opposite the iconic Washington Arch. The interesting architecture starts right here; as anywhere in New York, it is worth bringing the architectural guidebook AIA GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY. A few blocks further up, between 14th Street & 17th Street, it's worth making a slight detour to the beautiful Union Square, one of the nicest parks in a town noted for its lovely green spaces. Between 23rd Street & 26th Street, in lower Midtown, it flanks the even lovelier Madison Square Park (see that review, for some interesting offbeat sights). At 27th Street is the weird Museum of Sex (MoSex). Between about 31st Street & 36th Street is Little Korea, an area with many signs in Korean script, not to mention Korean restaurants. In this district, between 33rd Street & 34th Street, look up to inspect the sleek majesty of Empire State Building in all its glory, deservedly a must-see attraction of New York (see that review). Across the street from ESB are some souvenir stores with postcards at 20 for a buck!
From here on, you're in Midtown proper, & the scenery never lets up. Between 40th Street & 42nd Street, it's worth entering the handsome beaux-arts building of the New York Public Library (1911; see that review), & also to venture half a block west, to see Bryant Park, surrounded by glass skyscrapers & fine old art-deco buildings (see that review too). Between 48th Street & 51st Street, on the western side, is the Rockefeller Center area. Here also the upscale shops start to show - at 50th Street is the well-known Saks Fifth Avenue; next to it is St. Patrick's Cathedral (1879; towers 1888). At the scenic 57th Street, entering the Tiffany & Co jewelry store is a must-do - it doesn't cost anything just to look, & visitors are welcome (BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S was filmed here in 1961 - by the way, breakfast is NOT available!). Diagonally across the street is Bergdorf Goodman. After 58th Street is the well-known FAO Schwarz, a department store that sells only toys (BIG was filmed on location here in 1988); immediately after this is the iconic Apple Store, with its glass entrance.
At 59th Street - to the west known as Central Park West - is the gorgeous south-eastern corner of Central Park (see that review). Here is the infamous, if magnificent, gilded equestrian statue of War-Between-the-States war criminal, General William Tecumseh Sherman, a mass murderer of civilians who wrote in letters to his wife of his plans for exterminating the "Southern race", & freeing the South for settlement by Northerners; Abraham Lincoln's death intervened, & the government wouldn't allow him to complete his genocidal plans against the South - but he nearly succeeded in exterminating the Plains Indians.
Between 59th Street & 110th Street, in the Upper East Side, 5th Avenue runs along Central Park; here are grand old buildings, & many good museums - Museum Mile (see the Upper East Side review). At 110th Street is Frawley Circle, with a handsome statue of jazz great Duke Ellington; across the street is the Museum for African Art. Further up, 5th Avenue runs in Harlem, a district that is always pleasant to stroll in - talk about the "danger" there is just so much racism! Don't miss the unusual Marcus Garvey Park (see that review), between 120th Street & 124th Street. After a pause for the park, 5th Avenue continues, coming to an end at 142nd Street at the Harlem River (a sound, not a river). Here is just a short stretch of riverwalk; you can't go far, but this might eventually change (see the Harlem River Greenway review). This is right between the Madison Avenue Bridge & the 145th Street Bridge, both leading to the Bronx, & both worth crossing. The Bronx, too, has a vast number of things to see!

Visited August 2013
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Brownwood, Texas
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“first trip to NYC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

It was amazing to walk up and down 5th Ave, Beautiful sunny day to shop and eat. Along your walk you will see Saks, Barneys, Tiffanys, Cartier and many more.

Visited November 2013
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Poipu, Hawaii
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“Not all it is cracked up to be”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Lots of clothing and jewelry, but it was over priced and most of it was not unusual or inventive. I am not a member of the herd and had hoped to find unusual jewelry and clothing that was both pretty and functional. I found the same designs in many of the shops and got tired of not seeing anything new.

Visited September 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
“Like in the movies”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

I have been in NYC over 5 times now, and still I am amazed when walking over 5th Avenue.
And most of the times we had hotels around the corner (e.g. JW Marriott and Sofitel).
It's just as in the movies. The sounds, the view and the street. The shops are a combination of high street and flagship stores and you find a lot of tourists walking by. Still it is like in the movies and gives you the NY feeling.

Visited January 2014
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