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New York Shopping Arcades at Christmas

New York shopping arcades aren’t arcades in the traditional sense, in that they bear no resemblance to the traditional Victorian shopping arcades associated with London.  These are large city centre shopping malls, based much more on the modern idea of shopping than a traditional one.

Traditional or modern it matters not, these are still some of the best places to shop in New York, here are a few of the ones to make sure you visit at Christmas time.

The Shops at Columbus Circle

Situated at the heart of Manhattan, this urban shopping mall is one of New York City’s prime destinations for shopping and eating.

columbus circle

A traditional London shopping arcade is made up of a single straight row of covered shops, The Shops at Columbus Square are the polar opposite, they’re located within a complex of skyscrapers!

You’ll find some of the largest and most famous American retailers here, spread over four separate floors.  It’s also a great place to eat and is the location of the three Michelin starred Per Se, Masa.  Often cited as the most expensive restaurant in New York.

At Christmas time the shopping centre is home to one of the city’s newest holiday traditions, Holiday Under the Stars.  The largest exhibit of illuminated colour mixing in the world.

Westfield World Trade Center

This is the largest shopping mall in Manhattan and has been since its opening in the summer of 2016.  It is based, quite obviously, at the World Trade Centre complex in the same spot where the original mall stood until September 2001.

westfield world trade center

The original mall had a larger footprint, but this new one is spread out over two levels, giving it a larger retail space.  Many of the most famous stores in the US have outlets here, including Apple and Pandora.

At Christmas time the retail centre has a holiday market, featuring shows, tv screenings and choirs amongst many other festive things.

Staten Island Mall

Located in the Springville neighbourhood of the borough of Staten Island, this mall is the only indoor mall in this borough and the largest centre of retail on the island with over 200 stores.

It is in many ways a traditional American mall, with some of the US’s largest traditional retail brands such as Macy’s, Primark and Sears.  It opened in 1973, the area it’s built on having previously been the site of the Staten Island Airport.

From Thanksgiving right through Christmas the Staten Island Mall is a hub for festive activity.  This includes a visit to the man himself, Santa Claus, who can be found at JCPenny Court each year.

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