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Need Gluten Free Dining in NYC?

March 15th, 2017

Gluten Free Dining NYC

 At Shop Gotham, we are often asked for gluten free dining suggestions. New delicious options seem to open daily. From pastries to fine dining, here are some suggestions to help you have a healthy  stay in New York City. #celiacdiningnyc #glutenfreerestaurantsnyc #thingstodonyc

The famed Plaza Hotel Tea Room re-opens today

October 17th, 2014

Want to feel transported for a couple hours? The Plaza Hotel tea hour in the Palm Court reopens today after a a full renovation. In addition to the typical tea fare of scones and mini crustless cucumber sandwhiches, lobster rolls and other delightful items have been added. $50- $65 for the service, but this is a treat worth trying.

A Shop Gotham shopping tour will most certainly cap off this most decadently delightful day
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Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel

 

Labor Day Weekend in NYC. Now here is something cool to do. Film & Opera outside

August 29th, 2014

Catch an evening of The Metropolitan Opera 2014 Summer HD Festival at Lincoln Center. Outdoors on the front steps of Lincoln Center, a more glorious setting there cannot be. Films and rebroadcasts of Met Operas. Over by Sept 1 , so hurry on over and get there early.

  • Donizetti’s Don Pasquale
    Saturday, August 30, 8 pm
    James Levine conducts Donizetti’s beloved comedy, with Anna Netrebko leading the cast as Norina. Mariusz Kwiecien is the resourceful Doctor Malatesta, Matthew Polenzani is Ernesto, Norina’s lover, and John Del Carlo sings the title role.
    Running time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
    (Original transmission: Saturday, November 13, 2010)

    Massenet’s Werther
    Sunday, August 31, 8 pm
    Jonas Kaufmann stars as the tortured poet of the title in Massenet’s adaptation of Goethe, as seen in Richard Eyre’s new production. Sophie Koch sings Charlotte and Alain Altinoglu conducts.
    Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes
    (Original transmission: Saturday, March 15, 2014)

    Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
    Monday, September 1, 7:45 pm
    Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien are Tatiana and Onegin in Tchaikovsky’s fateful romance, opposite Piotr Beczala as Lenski. Russian maestro Valery Gergiev conducts Deborah Warner’s new production, which opened the Met’s 2013–14 season.
    Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes
    (Original transmission: Saturday, October 5, 2013)

Featured in Travel Blog SuitcaseReady July 2014

July 16th, 2014

“For fashion lovers, people who want to be stylish, or ahead of the trends, Shop Gotham gives incredible access rarely available to anyone but the most connected among us”

NYC Tour Review: Shop Gotham Garment Center Insider Tour

Shop Gotham provides Insider Access to New York City’s Emerging and Brand Name Designers

After New Yorkers attain the more necessary goals of financial stability, amazing real estate, and a loving significant other, the next measurement of success is access.

Access to the hottest restaurants, the most exclusive parties, private showings, advance screenings – and yes, access to designer showrooms to  preview and buy upcoming season items, often before they’re available to the general public. Typically, you have to be well connected: a star, heiress or socialite to have pre-season access to “better” fashion collections.

For those who don’t want to spend years cultivating connections in one of the world’s most unaccessible cities, there is Shop Gotham.

Shop Gotham’s Garment Center Insider Tour brings a small group of visitors on an appointment-only circuit of  several known and emerging designers in NYC’s Garment Center. The fast paced tour gives attendees such variety of options and styles, at excellent prices, that this should be a must-do for any fashion enthusiast.

NYC residents – I’m talking to you – this isn’t your typical sample sale stuff.

Misty, our guide, met us on West 38th – a street renowned for its trimming stores. One of the women on the tour later admitted to me she was worried the entire tour would be this sort of stuff – trimmings and fabrics. In fact, there was none of it, but the list of tour stops and resources Misty gave us lists Pacific Trim and Mood for the designers, Project Runway, and sewing enthusiasts who wanted to visit them at another time.

There were 10 women in our group, mostly attentive and enthusiastic. A good mix of people from around the country with some humorous Texans and Southern women. I was the only local. A mother with a daughter with a killer body; this tour was made for her, and she was laden with bags by the end. Most of us were long past the stage of ever being able to fit sample sizes, but some of the designers did offer larger sizing. And, the shoes, bags, scarves and jewelry always fit!

Misty gave us an overview of the plan for the morning and explained we had appointments at each showroom, making it necessary to keep to a schedule. We would have about 20 minutes at each stop, and she would give a 10 minute warning when it was time to finish up. This worked out well, except for when some women felt we were spending too much time to accommodate others and less time to accommodate them. Moving 10 people used to different paces through the crowded garment center is a challenge. Misty was careful to keep a count and managed the group diplomatically.

Unfortunately, the designers who offer this access don’t necessarily want their department store clients to know it is available and so none of their names will be mentioned here. Two of the showrooms allowed me to take photos.

Our first stop was an outerwear showroom – I’ve seen their raincoats at Saks and in my mother’s closet. The brand features gorgeous fur pieces that I wouldn’t buy, but appreciate for the style, creativity and work. Many of my favorite pieces were trimmed in long haired Mongolian or Tibetan lamb. Prices seemed good for this type of product. Unfortunately their raincoat selection was limited. The showroom was also offering a sample sale of shoes I was not familiar with – most of them invisible to me (my eye passes over shoes with 4-6″ heels – unless they’re in Manolo’s window) but the women were raving about a lame’ trimmed espadrille that were cuter on top of the box than on my foot.

Next we visited a showroom of colorful silk or cotton caftans and intricately embroidered cover ups and tunics. With my January St. Barth trip in mind, I tried a pale turquoise cover up with white and silver beading. It fit and was well priced for what it was at $54, but I could picture myself spilling rose’ or suntan lotion on it the first time I wore it. This same shirt would have been 4 times the price, at least, at Calypso and would only come in a 0-2! This designer also offered a lot of fragile, contemporary jewelry.

Completely incongruous with the gem-encrusted pastel chiffon gowns lining 37th Street below was the showroom of an emerging luxury designer of chic women’s separates who excels in classic tailored pieces. I would have paid whatever the price of the black or burgundy riding jacket, had it been available in a 12.

In the same building, we visited a very creative, outspoken designer with a variety of clothing and very cool vegan handbags. After I missed my chance at the black tote, I grabbed the tan one – and wouldn’t put it down. Other than what she was wearing, the clothes were not my style, but her bags were gorgeous. I will plagiarize her outfit, in my own way. The daughter was the only one fitting into the really great $50 dresses.

Next, we followed Misty to West 36th Street and a colorful scarf designer showroom. The very friendly sales and marketing manager Nicholas showed us how to fold their scarf into a very cute vest – I was so busy looking among the gorgeous scarf patterns I missed it. The scarves come in a variety of materials and sizes – I plan to wear mine as both a shawl and a pareo. I’ve collected shawls and scarves for years – these are very unique and it was hard to choose between them.

We finished in a large showroom full of handbags! Shelves and racks full of them – in all colors, shapes and sizes. The very popular long strapped boxy bags for Spring and Summer 2014 were only $30. A few of the bags resembled major designer bags but there was no blatant attempt to copy brands. Since I had already bought a vegan bag, and recently returned from Guatemala with 2 embroidered and woven ones, I made a quick escape before my will-power did.

For fashion lovers, people who want to be stylish, or ahead of the trends, Shop Gotham gives incredible access rarely available to anyone but the most connected among us.

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Student Group Shopping Tours are so much fun!

November 25th, 2013
A custom shopping program took place this past Saturday in Soho. The Student Group Tour consisted of 500 students from over the world. This 4 hour tour commenced in the West Village, the historical NYC hub for music and home to the rock/folk movement of the 60’s and 70’s. Our students learned about historical landmarks, cast iron architecture, historical music venues, and major musicians and artists of that time. This tour also included a meet and greet with fashion and jewelry designers, exclusive shopping discounts at our partner stores in SoHo, as well as the exploration of the beautiful and unique Soho/Nolita neighborhoods.
If you are looking for something fun and educational to do for your students visiting NYC, let us customize a shopping tour for your student group! Rest assured, you will enjoy it too!


Back to school shopping in NYC

August 16th, 2013

Back to school shopping is just around the corner! Let’s face it-who doesn’t love new clothes? Shopping for school clothes is not only a fun day spent with mom but also a chance to depict your personal style for the year ahead. Shop Gotham has back to school covered, offering fun and fashion forward guided shopping tours that are great for both mom and daughter! Spend the afternoon shopping NYC’s hottest boutiques in Soho/Nolita (with a special discount card provided by your guide), take a break for brunch, then catch a broadway show. Perfect day spent in New York City-check!

New York City Fashion and Shopping Tours – Teen NYC Activities for Martin Luther King and President’s Weekend

January 18th, 2013

Coming to NYC for Martin Luther King and President’s Weekend with your teens? You know they want to shop and shop some more.  Shop Gotham NYC shopping tours may provide them the “fix” they need. For more information, please visit: www.shopgotham.com