2019 was a big year for retail in New York City, with the opening of major developments such as Hudson Yards and the nearby American Dream, new concept store launches by traditional retailers, and emerging retailers staking their brick-and-mortar roots. If you’d like to strike out on your own to do some retail research, we’ve compiled a self-guided tour of some of New York City’s trending retail concepts.
405 Lexington Avenue
New York City got its first Amazon Go in May, at Brookfield Place, and the company is currently up to four locations in the city and counting. The Lexington Avenue store is the most recent addition, featuring an app-powered “Just Walk Out” shopping experience. (You’ll need to get the Amazon Go app before you enter the store.)
Camp: Family Experience Store
110 Fifth Avenue
A toy store like no other, the Camp Family Experience Store sells toys, gifts and clothing, but also features workshops, crafts and events. (Once per month they even have “Date Night,” offering supervised childcare for a fee.) Like STORY (and others) before it, Camp turns over every few months with a new theme — at this writing, the theme was “Toy Lab,” with a science experiment vibe.
Camp, Fifth Avenue
33 Hudson Yards
Located on the 24th Floor of the Equinox Hotel at Hudson Yards, Electric Lemon is a Stephen Starr restaurant that offers, in its own words, “clean, conscious cuisine” with a memorable view of the city.
Electric Lemon, Hudson Yards
Between 10th & 12th Avenues, West 30th – West 34th Streets
ICSC’s guided retail tour on Tuesday, December 10 will give you a good glimpse into this transformative West Side mixed-use development. But if you can’t make it then, it’s worth stopping by on your own.
A few highlights to check out:
• Forty Five Ten
The Dallas-based multibrand luxury retailer fuses art and fashion to create one of the coolest stores in this shopping center (and anywhere, really).
• Mercado Little Spain
Often called a “Spanish Eataly,” this food hall concept from chef Jose Andres features three restaurants, two bars and over a dozen tapas purveyors. Widely recommended by NYC food critics are the Cochinillo from Lena, the Tarta de Queso (Spanish cheesecake) from Spanish Diner and the Piña Borracha (drunken pineapple) from Frutas y Verduras.
• New York City’s first Nieman Marcus flagship store
• The Vessel You can’t skip a trip inside The Vessel, the Thomas Heatherwick-designed “staircase.” NOTE: Tickets for The Vessel must be reserved in advance IKEA Planning Studio 999 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10022 Sun – Sat, 10 am – 8 pm Step right up for a look inside the first Ikea Planning Studio in the United States; they have similar spaces already open in the likes of London and Moscow. Walk through model homes in to-scale NYC apartment sizes, discover space-saving solutions and view exclusive collection pieces before they’re available to purchase. The overall goal? Help city dwellers make the best use of their space using Ikea products.
JustFoodForDogs’ Kitchen at Petco
“The first-ever health-and-wellness kitchen for dogs.” In a city that loves its pups as much as New York, does it surprise you that Petco launched its new, state-of-the-art pet food kitchen here? Located within the brand’s Union Square flagship, the kitchen, developed in partnership with fit-for-humans pet food maker JustFoodForDogs, is 1,350 square feet and produces around 2,000 pounds of food daily.
JustFoodForDogs’ Kitchen at Petco, Broadway
The Nordstrom New York City flagship
225 West 57th Street
This list would truly not be complete without the new Nordstrom NYC Flagship — It’s an experience.
Here are a few highlights:
• Over 50 original works of art throughout the store (get an audio tour of them on the Art@Nordstrom app)
• A Nordstrom x Nike sneaker boutique, dedicated to the two brands’ sneaker collab collections
• 16 shop-in-shops in the beauty department — like facialist Heyday, facial massage purveyor Face Gym and Drybar — plus a full-service spa
• Seven dining destinations including a cocktail bar, dessert shop, fine dining restaurant and more
The Levi's tailoring shop at Nodstrom New York City
609 Fifth Avenue
Puma joins Nike and adidas with a flashy new destination in NYC — PUMA’s first-ever flagship in North America, in fact. The 18,000-square foot, two-level store features cutting-edge technology and immersive shopping experiences, including on-site product customization offerings and entertainment-driven integrations like an Formula1 racing simulator.
Puma, Fifth Avenue
11 Bond Street
Hear from Showfields CEO Tal Zvi Nathaniel at our midday keynote panel on December 11. And, be sure to check out the store on Bond St. and see how it’s living up to its ambition to be “the most interesting store in the world.”
Showfields, Bond Street
Starbucks Reserve New York Roastery
61 Ninth Avenue
Starbucks opened its Reserve Roastery in New York City at the end of 2018, clocking in a three stories and nearly 23,000 square feet — a true ode to the coffee bean. Visitors can sample a traditional coffee or sample one of the many specialty offerings like a coffee flight, a barrel-aged cold brew or a cold brew float.
Starbucks Roastery, Ninth Avenue
267 Elizabeth Street
Tacombi is not new to New York City, but it is continuing to open more locations, including the latest on the Upper West Side. The lively taqueria — which got its start serving tacos out of a converted VW bus on the beach in Mexico — is a surefire bet for happy hour and group gatherings any day of the week.
Tacombi, Elizabeth Street
21 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
The beloved, 103-year-old grocery store that once inspired an original high school musical has opened its doors in Brooklyn. More than 25,000 people visited on its opening day, breaking the company’s previous record. The store features a relatively large parking lot, gourmet prepared foods, a full cocktail bar and more.
Whole Foods Market Daily Shop
260 7th Avenue
Intended as a quicker alternative to the proper Whole Foods store located just next door, the Market Daily Shop has self-checkout kiosks and a great curated selection of grab-and-go products like breads and sandwiches.
By Alexa Jaccarondo
Manager, Event Planning