A December 2006 trip
to New York by dimmzy
Quote: Just like pilgrims to shrines, I visit my favorite New York shopping sites.
Prefer shopping over visiting museums? You can get your cultural experience at the ABC Carpet and Home store, which is more like a museum than a place to buy a couch and well worth a visit. And just like a museum, you’ll stroll and not buy—for the prices here are outrageously high and out of range for most shoppers. This six-story warehouse features funky, sophisticated or merely charming furniture all arranged in a rather haphazard way on six vast warehouse floors. Antique French armoires, hand-crafted twig furniture and the latest Ralph Lauren Home collection all are at home here—along with accessories from Kenya, toys from Scandinavia and the latest in home electronics. This place is so big it even has its own café and coffee bar.Now, the fun here is in admiring (or castigating) the furniture and guessing at the prices. Aside from signature collections, the furniture seems to be one-of-a-kind or some not found at your local La-z-boy or Penneys. As you might expect, the store is popular with New York celebrities and its pieces grace the pages of many high-end home magazines.Suggestion: after you explore the glittery first floor, take the elevator to the sixth floor and work your way down. That way, you can take the stairs because the elevator can be slow.Also of note: they have public restrooms. Visit their website at www.abchome.com.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2006
ABC Carpet and Home
888 Broadway (at East 19th Street)
New York, New York 10003
Rochester, New York