Do a bit of window-shopping: Saks Fifth Avenue has window displays that change with the season. Each one is a work of art
If North America is the birthplace of modern consumerism, New York is its heart and Fifth Avenue the main artery. Running straight through Manhattan, Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare that stretches from West 143rd Street in Harlem to Washington Square Park. It is rightly considered one of the best - and most expensive - shopping streets in the world.
Fifth Avenue also serves as the dividing line for house number and West-East streets in Manhattan. From this zero point for street addresses, numbers increase in both directions as you move away to the East or West. Although simply part of a practical system, this underlines the central importance of Fifth Avenue to Manhattan life.
This importance has been felt for years: before it became the shopping street it is today, Fifth Avenue was where the city’s aristocrats lived. Accordingly, it is the central scene in Edith Wharton’s 1920 extraordinary, Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Age of Innocence. Go and tread in the footsteps of the hapless Newland Archer and his heartthrob, the exotically European Countess Ellen Olenska.
Life Beyond Shopping
Apart from designer labels, the Apple Store and the largest Build-A-Bear Workshop in the world, Fifth Avenue can also connect you to a range of New York’s most recognisable buildings, among them the Empire State Building, the New York Public Library, the Rockefeller Centre and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Moreover, in a section of Fifth Avenue running from 82nd to 105th streets on the Upper East Side, you will find some of the finest museums in New York. Highlights include the Museum for African Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum.
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