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Open in NYC: 9-11 Memorial, The Highline, Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, The Bronx Zoo, Liberty Island, in-person Sample Sales. MoMA (Aug 27), The Met (Aug 29), Natural History (Sept 9), Personal care (spa, nails), tennis, volleyball, basketball, places of worship (@ 25 % capacity). There is currently no open date for indoor dining, theaters and shopping malls. Gyms should open late August, early September.
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Fashion District, Fashion Center
The Garment District, also called the Fashion District or Fashion Center, is home to many of the world’s most famous fashion designers. The area is an amazing resource for fabrics, beads and trims, however, don’t expect to walk in off the street to Donna Karan or Calvin Klein’s showroom or sample sales. The best way to possibly get access to private showrooms is through a private tour, otherwise, make sure to check NYC Sample Sales while you’re in town.
Fashion Walk of Fame (38th- 40th along 7th Ave) – 26 plaques (much like a Hollywood Star) honoring some of fashions’ great designers.
Parsons School of Design (40th St/7th Ave, West side) – as seen on Project Runway and Tim Gunn was Chair of Fashion Design. Prior students include Anna Sui, Donna Karan, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, and Tom Ford.
Garment District Kiosk (39th St & 7th Ave) – pick up some brochures, maps and coupons.
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Museum (27th Street, 7th Ave) – Free to visit and they do a lovely job of providing entertaining and educational exhibits highlighting fashion as it relates to history, politics and culture. Closed Sunday, Monday and holidays.
The NYC Garment Center “Insider” Shopping Tour takes you on a behind-the-scenes shopping experience of the neighborhood where fashion was born. Shop Gotham escorts you to six appointment-only designer showrooms in the Fashion District.
A combination of Wholesale Showrooms not accessible to the public and hidden Sample Sales – where discounts on women’s designer and “better wear” will be from 50-80% below retail. The perfect off the beaten path tour for fashionista bargain hunters, shopaholics and visitors interested in seeing this legendary design center at work.
Garment Center Shopping Tour Ticket Options:
- Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 am- 1:00 pm (3-hour tour); Thursdays 1:30-4:30 pm
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MacarOn Café (161 W 36th St) – Parisian and organic café, a local fashion designer favorite for lunch.
David Burke Fabrick (45 W 38th St, 5th/6th Aves) – inside the Archer Hotel. Offers snacks and small plates, hearty entrees and indulgent desserts.
Mood Fabrics (225 W 37th St, Suite 3, 7th/8th Aves) – 25,000 square feet of fabric. THE place to go in NYC for fine designer fabrics.
Bead District (37th St/ 6th Ave) – beads, beads, and more beads. Most of the bead stores on and around 6th & 37th are open to the public and stocked to the brim with bright, brilliant and glittering gems, accessories, and trinkets.
Trimmings Stores (37th to 39th Sts, 7th to 8th Aves) – dozens of buttons, laces, leather, along with additional fabric stores.
M&S Schmalberg Custom Fabric Flower Factory
242 West 36th St, 7th Floor
Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm
FREE factory tours for all visitors
M&S Schmalberg is a 4th generation, family owned company. Our flowers, hand-made in our New York City factory, have complemented the apparel, bridal, accessory, millinery and home furnishing industries for over 100-years. M&S Schmalberg flowers have been featured in countless magazines and on the runway all over the world.
Using the same delicate process since 1916, we are able to provide exquisite quality and a level of artisanal customization that cannot be matched. Some of our flower molds date back to the turn of the century. Styles can be made in any fabric; including silks, leathers, suedes, cottons, velvets, felts and even exotic snake and alligator skins. As a garment district factory, we are capable of producing large production orders as well as special one of a kind couture pieces.
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Embassy Suites by Hilton Midtown Manhattan
- Discount Rates: Embassy Suites by Hilton Midtown Manhattan
- 60 West 37th Street
Opened January 2018, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Midtown Manhattan offers a lobby featuring a fountain with horizontally running waters, a concierge desk with an iconic New York City backdrop, The Heist Bar, and comfortable sitting areas. Reviewers note it as being close to the 34th St Subway and Empire State Building, great views from the top floors, free daily breakfast and a daily happy hour.
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A top boutique Manhattan hotel, and prime location for viewing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with 20 rooms that overlook the parade route. The Refinery offers 197 Guest Rooms with elegant furnishings that build upon the hotel’s industrial past. Each room has dark brushed oak hardwood floors, a walk-in rain shower and full entertainment facilities: Wi-Fi, iHome docking stations, LCD HD TVs and full cable.
- Discount Rates: Refinery Hotel
- 63 West 38th St (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)
Stewart Hotel – (371 7th Ave at 31st St) – good Suite hotel (with kitchens) that appeals to families and business travelers alike.
Hilton New York Fashion District
152 West 26th Street, NY, NY 10001
The Archer Hotel – 45 West 38th Street, New York City, NY 10018
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Subways to Garment District
- 1, 2, 3 along Broadway and 7th Ave
- A, C, E along 8th Avenue
- N, R, Q, W
- B, D, F, F, V
- 7 or Shuttle (S) from the east side (Grand Central)
- General Address: Garment District Alliance, 209 West 38th St, NY, NY 10018
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