New York can feel like a drag when it's rainy outside. This city was meant for walkin', and when the hem of your jeans is getting drenched, it ain't much fun. These indoor spots keep you entertained, not rained out.
More of a museum of contemporary furniture than a shopping destination for most New Yorkers, ABC boasts endless rooms of luxe sofas, beds, chandeliers and lamps. Visit the Conran Shop downstairs for sales.
This out-of-the-way museum is really three things: a fantastic movie theater showing retrospectives by master auteurs like Park Chan-Wook and Sidney Lumet; a secret arcade game funhouse; and a museum documenting both of the above. With exhibits on Spacewar! and the first 50 years of video games, awesome secret DVD drop art installations in the exterior wall of the museum, and an ongoing exhibit on the history of film, MoMI is a Queens nerdcore trove.
Touristy as it may be, Rock Center has this going for it -- a car-free pedestrian area with plenty of restaurants, shops, and an ice rink where watching may be even more fun than skating. Get a hot chocolate and a warm cookie at Jacques Torres and enjoy the charming view of happy children skating in matching hat and mitten sets. Cold? Go under the plaza to warm up in the many shops and restaurants.
This remarkable respite from rain is the perfect spot for a meal, shopping or just gawking. Though tourists abound, they are muted somehow by the utility and industrial loveliness of this market full of spices, cheeses, coffee, gelato, wine, pasta, seafood, sample sales and kitchen supplies.
Strangely enough, though they panic me in suburbs, malls in New York relax me. Like tiny oases in a giant, pulsating being, malls are mostly removed from the street hustle and bustle here. This mall features a new JCPenney, with collaborations with high-end designers, a GameStop, Toys 'R' Us, Radio Shack, Aeropostale, Express, Victoria's Secret and a food court. Why not indulge in suburbia for your lunch hour?
The beautiful view and sweeping architecture aside, this urban mall provides haute cuisine (Masa and Per Se) and high fashion (Sephora, Hugo Boss, C Wonder, Tumi, Wolford, Giuseppe Zanotti and more).
This cavernous store sprawls across a basement space crammed with vintage cardigans, strawberry brooches, Christmas wreath earrings, gnome statuettes, VHS tapes, Phil Collins records, errant chairs with wobbly legs and pretty vintage plates. You can find a dream date outfit here -- or nothing except for a plate with pretty flowers on it -- but it's always a worthy trip when combined with the Buffalo Exchange next door.
Desert Island is keen on local artists -- for store decorations, comic books, and readings.
It's smoky and dark, but I can't help loving this subterranean food hall. Pick from duck pastrami gyros, sushi and pizza, then stroll the many dessert and chocolate stalls.
Pinball laundromat features Addams Family, Twilight Zone and Family guy video games, plus a scanner/copier and Internet terminal.
The beast of Atlantic Avenue is home to the playoffs-bound Brooklyn Nets but also stages concerts for beloved luminaries like Leonard Cohen. Food is better than the average arena food, with Habana, Elbow Room, Fatty Cue and Calexico.
The owners gave this large shop the right name, with its endless racks of army jackets, leather jackets, jeans, Timberland boots, plaid shirts, and other casual menswear.
In a land before Xbox, dinosaurs like Atari and Sega roamed a sparsely-populated video game land. This second-floor hideaway on St. Marks is a treasure trove of those 70s, 80s and 90s games and consoles. With its giant pile of vintage controllers, arcade games including Double Dragon and Street Fighter II, one-off game cartridges, board games, and more, 8-bit is pure childlike pleasure for adults.