Fifth Avenue, New York
New York's Fifth Avenue rivals the Ginza in Tokyo and Knightbridge of London as an exclusive shopping district. Many top end designers have their flagship stores located along this famous avenue. Cartier, Tiffany, Bergdorf-Goodman, the famous Apple Store Fifth Avenue, and of course Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as many others line the posh avenue. They huddle next to palatial residences and mansions.Even if you are not a serious shopper, walking along Fifth Avenue can be fun.
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Transit: Fifth Avenue-53rd Street subway
The Plaza Hotel was designed by Henry J. Hardenbergh, known for the Dakota (Upper West Side) and the original Waldorf-Astoria hotel. Opened in 1907 at $12.5 million, it was called the world's best hotel, with 800 rooms, 500 baths and a two-storey ballroom. There were also 14-17 room apartments for rich families including the Vanderbilts. The interior is lush and extravagant, including 1,650 crystal chandeliers, Swiss organdy curtains, privately manufactured Irish linens, gold leaf Italian carvings and mirrored walls. Royalty and celebrities have stayed here, including the Beatles in 1964 who attracted hysterical crowds to the normally sedate hotel.
Tiffany's is the prestigious jeweler founded in 1837 and immortalized in Truman Capote's novella (and the subsequent film), Breakfast at Tiffany's. The company's flagship store is located on Fifth Avenue and is famous for its window displays.
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