Category Archives: Real New Yorkers

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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The First Annual New York Festival of Light

October 27th, 2014

If you are coming to New York City next week, this is not to miss! The first annual New York Festival of Light (NYFOL) will come alive next week on November 6, 7, and 8 in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Local and international lighting designers and technologists that work with the medium of light will be enhancing NYC’s architecture through interactive, static and  projected lighting installations.

Last year, artists tested their ideas in a small preview at Elizabeth Street Garden in order to prepare for this years festival. This preview was a small teaser building nothing but anticipation over the past year for the cities first Light Festival. The festival will also featuring food trucks and a DJ-what’s not to enjoy!

This cultural and unique presentation will take place after dark in DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York, in the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge at the Pearl Street Triangle (Pearl & Water St). What a breathtaking way to spend a fall evening in New York City. Support your local artists simply by attending, as the event is free to all.

Thursday November 6th: 7pm-11pm
Friday November 7th: 5pm – 11pm
Saturday November 8th: 5pm – 11pm

For more information visit #NYFOL or the website, New York Festival of Light.

Fall 2014 Merchandise now available!

July 21st, 2014

Shop new Fall 2014 designer merchandise at wholesale on our Garment Center Shopping Tour. Indulge yourselves this August, in fashion that the stores haven’t even seen yet! 

In addition, we are proud to introduce *4 NEW* partner showrooms to our Garment Center Shopping Tours. Shop dresses, separates, outerwear, handbags, scarves, fur, jewelry, shoes-you name it-all at wholesale prices! If you want to shop in New York and get unique, high quality pieces at extremely reasonable prices, please join us!


Chelsea Art Night

January 13th, 2014

If you are visiting NYC soon and looking for inexpensive and fun activities, clear your Thursday schedule! Chelsea art galleries open their doors to the general public every Thursday night from 6-8pm. Not only is this FREE admission (most museums charge about 20$), but the majority of the galleries involved offer a cocktail or wine of some sort “on the house”. Converse with the interesting array of guests and see whats new and emerging in the New York art world.

Venues are between 22nd and 27th Streets, West of 10th Ave.
Find the schedule here:

NYC Merchandisers on a Private Tour

October 7th, 2013

Shop Gotham hosts corporate group shopping tours in addition to our other shopping services. In the fashion world (and several others), it is vital to progress with what is new and interesting in retail in order to succeed. Our private industry tours allow corporate members to do precisely that. Just last week, we hosted a group from a high end fashion company (whom we must keep annonymous). Merchandisers from this worldwide corporation spent the afternoon alongside our knowledgable guides and had an educational shopping experience tailored specifically to their companies business needs. This is a fun and educational alternative for entertaining corporate groups that are visiting NYC.

How To Spot a New Yorker

December 4th, 2012

A few of our favorite archetypes to be found on City streets:

1. The Wall Street Commuter

Sexy Banker Biking to Bank

Probably lives: Downtown in a high rise.

Gets to work: Via foldable bike

Shops: J. Crew Men’s Shop at the Liquor Store

2.  Artisan Baker

Probably lives: Brooklyn

Gets to work: By Subway

Shops: Brooklyn Industries

3.  The Model

Probably lives: Soho or Nolita

Gets to work: A taxi, of course!

Shops: Searle, Scoop, Intermix

Fashion Blogs 101

November 23rd, 2012

Shop Gotham tour guides love to meet fashionistas-in-training who come to New York to shop, shop, shop.  Maybe you’re one of them:  the type to spend time digging through magazines for the latest trends, who troll boutiques and vintage stores for unique finds, they type to spend a lot of time creating your personal style.  Frequently our guides are asked to recommend fashion blogs for those who need daily inspiration.  Here are some of our faves:

College Fashionista

This site is exactly what it sounds like:  a go-to spot for fashion-minded guys and girls who want to stand out on campus.  They’ll find plenty of inspiration on this site, which features interviews with fashion insiders and a daily fashionista spotlight.  Perfect for the college student or soon-to-be high school grad.

Style Caster

When they join this website, users are able to share the things they love, sort of like a pinterest for fashion.  This results in a diverse range of styles and lots of opportunities for inspiration.  At Shop Gotham we love to find new things to drool over, and this website provides a minefield of material!

Glitterbuzz Style

This lesser-known blog is run by a fellow NYC gal with an eye for glamor, and we love her.  Featuring a ton of giveaways and tutorials, this young lady has definitely got an eye for fashion, coupled with a healthy dose of street sense.   Glitterbuzz will not only feature the latest trends, but explain explicitly “how to rock” them.  Enjoy!

Savoring Savored

October 16th, 2012

Have you heard about  It’s one of New York City locals’ best-kept secrets.  On, you can get discounts at NYC restaurants every night.  And not just one restaurant running a single discount, a la Living Social or Groupon.  You get your choice of cuisine, choice of locale, choice of price range… so what are you waiting for?  Dine like a local without paying full price!  It’s the perfect addition to your NYC experience.