Latest Zagats Shopping Guide Shows Shifting Shape of NYC Retail

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New York–The shape of fashion retailing in New York is ever-shifting, and Zagat’s 2010/11 New York City Shopping survey, released today, shows where things stand today for 2,345 of the city’s top retailers, including 124 important additions selling everything from electronics and vintage clothing to jewelry and home furnishings.

Keeping with Zagat’s trusted methodology, ratings and reviews are based on the experience of 7,596 avid local consumers who voted at

“Overall, this guide shows that New York City can fairly claim to be the shopping capital of the world. This year’s newcomers, representing a great variety of merchandise and price points, reinforce that claim,” says Nina Zagat, co-founder of Zagat Survey. “The mix of value giants and luxury boutiques allows shoppers to both save and splurge–justifying some expenses by saving on others.”

A note on trends for fashion retailers.

Chain, Chain, Chain

Despite the economic downturn, New York has attracted a number of value-oriented national chains. The East River Plaza is now home to the first Manhattan branch of Costco Warehouse, as well as upcoming branches of Target and Marshall’s. In the Manhattan Mall, J.C. Penney made its debut while Aeropostale expanded adding a youth spinoff, P.S. from Aeropostale. Queens welcomed a new Century 21. Times Square now boasts an oversized American Eagle, with Forever 21 outposts to follow. Splashy flagships also appeared on the scene with new Geox and Esprit stores helping to reshape the 34th Street area (down the street from Macy’s flagship) while Hollister debuted, joining the latest Banana Republic and Victoria’s Secret leviathans in SoHo.

Global Glamour

Designers and brand names continue to infiltrate New York. Prolific American talent Isaac Mizrahi and Burberry Brit/Burberry London gave shoppers new reasons to browse the Madison Avenue vicinity while British designer Matthew Williamson, Canadian import Ports 1961 and French clothier Zadig & Voltaire expanded the luxe choices in the Meatpacking District. Japanese-inspired UK outfit Superdry appeared in NoHo.

On the jewelry front, eclectic British designer Solange Azagury-Partridge along with cult New York-based talents Crangi Family Project, who offer a selection of antique gold, silver and wrought iron pieces; and Fenton/Fallon, who are renowned for 80s-influenced studded bangles and mixed-chain necklaces.

Hip and Hot

In Brooklyn, Jonathan Adler (Boerum Hill), Brook Farm General (Williamsburg) and Retrospect (Carroll Gardens) widened home furnishings vistas while directional design guru The Future Perfect has arrived off the Bowery. The Lower East Side welcomed Euro-chic Stella Filante, denim den SelfEdge and womenswear designer Tom Scott, while U.K fast-fashion phenomenon Topshop/Topman arrived in SoHo along with designer Derek Lam, Adidas SLVR’s new lifestyle line and King of Greene St.

Coming Soon!

Nordstrom Rack will bring its first Manhattan branch to Union Square while the arrival of Barneys CO-OP in Brooklyn is also on the horizon. The Gothic church-turned-nightclub will reopen as Limelight Marketplace, a European-inspired shop-and-eat destination. The French invasion continues with designer Isabelle Marant arriving any moment and Brit chain All Saints readying its SoHo outpost.

A Farewell

Among the big-name closings this year was the upscale Japanese retailer Takashimaya on Fifth Avenue.

Details: The 2010/2011 New York City Shopping guide retails for $15.95 and is available at local bookstores as well as on Zagat’s award-winning mobile site, ZAGAT TO GO for iPhone and nru for Android (Visit Follow Zagat on Twitter @ZagatBuzz for daily news and updates! Zagat content is available in print, on the web, on the mobile web, iPhone, BlackBerry and on TV.

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