Category Archives: NYC Neighborhoods… How to Spend Four Hours

NYC Self Guided/Self Directed Shopping Itineraries are the Perfect Solution for the Independent Traveler

August 1st, 2019

Guided Shopping Tours liked those provided by Shop Gotham are a unique way to explore specialty shopping when unfamiliar with a new place.

However, for those who prefer to Shop Independently at their own PACE, we have developed a program just for you: Self Directed/Self Guided Itineraries.

Self Directed/Self Guided Itineraries give you the freedom to shop and explore when YOU want while visiting NYC. Whether you are a “careful” shopper, moving thoroughly through each rack, a speed shopper, seeking to “get the job done”, or simply want to entertain your Teen, these itineraries will provide the direction needed for a fruitful day. In this city of too many options, we will lead you to the “good stuff” targeting boutiques which are worthwhile and which you likely do not have at home, so as to come back with a little NYC in your bag.

Self Guided/Self Directed Itineraries available:
and soon available

And.. check out our Downtown Independent Food Tasting Itinerary

Fall is coming and your closets need to be filled with fabulous new items.

To read further about Shop Gotham’s Self Directed/Self Guided Itineraries, check out our details here; Self Directed/Self Guided Itineraries

4 Outstanding Rooftop Bars/Lounges – NYC Spring 2019

April 9th, 2019

We may specialize in NYC Shopping programs, But we know WHAT”s What for all things NYC

Visiting NYC this spring? Lucky for visitors and locals alike, spring came early!

one of best rooftop lounges NYC with its retractable roof

So.. May we suggest these 4 Outstanding ROOFTOP or HIGH in the SKY BARS/LOUNGES for a fabulous NYC spring vibe and beautiful views. Cocktails wont be cheap, but after all, how often do you get to New York City?
(note: all of these locations get rented out for private events, so best to call ahead)

1) Refinery Rooftop (The Refinery Hotel/Garment District)
This elegant boutique hotel was once a hat factory and now boasts a popular after-work rooftop lounge and some of the best views in town. It has a retractable roof, so make sure to go on a Warm night and enjoy the outdoors. Cocktails, Lunch and Dinner served.

2)Rooftop Garden at Hotel Giraffe(/Midtown East).
Contemporary decor and a Calm vibe can be found on 12th floor outdoor rooftop visited by locals and visitors alike.

3) Bar 65(Rainbow Room/Midtown)
The highest terrace in NYC — floor 65, this is an opp to dress up a bit and have a “fancy” NYC cocktail experience. Spectacular views await as does a pricey drink. But hey, you are going to the legendary Rainbow Room!
In door and outdoor seating, cocktails and an interesting small bites menu.

4)The Ides(The Wyeth Hotel/Williamsburg,Brooklyn)
This is NOT outdoors, yet the 6th floor of the contemporary Wythe Hotel, can always boast a hip crowd in a beautiful industrial space, with magnificent views of Manhattan. Small plates and great cocktails.

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Student Educational Programs in SoHo NYC

December 4th, 2016

image1600 DECA High School Students from around the country were treated to a custom Fashion & Retail Educational program this week in SoHo & NoLita. Included were trends forecasting, sneaker production, seeing cool Street art, meeting an actual street Artist (even cooler)! and doing some fun personal and holiday Shopping!

Week 1 included a visit to The Market NYC to speak with local indie designers about their art form. Shop Gotham has always been a HUGE fan of The Market NYC. Everyone should take a moment to stop by (corner of mulberry & broadway)

Outside The Market NYC . DECA /Shop Gotham Student Educational NYC program


NYC Neighborhoods: Four Hours in Fort Greene

March 6th, 2013

Most visitors to NYC have heard that Brooklyn is an artisan heaven, full of indie shops and specialty food stores.  Or maybe they’ve heard about the diverse, artistic population.  When our guests on Shop Gotham tours want to go to Brooklyn, but they aren’t sure where to go, we send them to Fort Greene!

This hip neighborhood is a stone’s throw away from Manhattan.  Take just about any train downtown to the Atlantic station, and voila, there you are.  (Insider’s tip:  the express Q train from Manhattan is the fastest.)   Follow the signs out of the subway to One Hanson Place for the first stop on our four-hour tour.

1st Hour:  Brooklyn Flea

The winter home of this mammoth flea market is right across the street from Atlantic Station.  One Hanson Place used to house a bank on its ground floor; now the doors swing open to reveal aisle after aisle of vendors selling furniture, records, vintage clothing and accessories.  A person could easily spend four hours combing the aisles, but for the purposes of this blog we allot one hour.  Insider’s tip:  go to the bottom floor for a lobster roll from Red Hook Lobster Pound, which serves up what is arguably the best lobster roll in the City.

2nd Hour:  Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

For more than 150 years, Brooklyn Academy of Music has occupied this corner of Lafayette.  Just down the street from the Flea, this multi-arts complex no longer houses just an academy:  it has an opera house, movie theatre, and two adjacent theatres for live productions.  The best way to experience BAM is to take in a production there, be it an art movie, an opera, or a theatre piece featuring stars like Cate Blanchett or Alan Rickman.  But since we have to limit this blog to a mere four hours, we recommend poking around the buildings, taking in the architecture and the latest visual art display.  (Insider’s tip:  you have just one more week to take in the Freedom Ride exhibit, which explores the civil rights journey of African-Americans during the last half century.)

3rd Hour:  Greenlight Bookstore

While independent bookstores are dying out all over America, Brooklyn can boast the success of Greenlight Bookstore, a hip, locally-owned bookstore right in the heart of Fort Greene.  Book lovers will love roaming the aisles of this bright and friendly store, while people watchers will get their fill of Brooklyn locals perusing the shelves.  The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and those looking for a little slice of New York will not be disappointed.  Greenlight has an exceptional section of books by and about New Yorkers, and Brooklynites in particular.

4th Hour:  Chow Down!

There are so many good restaurants in this neighborhood that it’s hard to choose one.  Fortunately, Fort Greene reflects the extreme ethnic diversity of the borough.  Within the confines of this neighborhood, it is possible to get Mexican, BBQ, Turkish, Ethiopian, Mediterranean, Thai, Japanese, Indian, French, South African, Italian and plain old, good American food as well.  The original Junior’s sits on Flatbush at the edge of the neighborhood, but our personal favorite is Brooklyn Public House on DeKalb.   This friendly, reasonably priced pub has easily the best burgers in town as well as a terrific beer list.  Celebs are frequently spotted here, but everyone is so cool that you may not even notice.  It’s the perfect place to end your Brooklyn sojourn.  Hope you’ve enjoyed it!