Century 21: The best shopping tip in New York

Century 21: The best shopping tip in New York

If you want to do some shopping while you are in New York, then Century 21 is a must.

A little history behind the department store Century 21:

Century 21 was created in 1961 in New York City, initially with a location in Brooklyn at 472, 86 Street in Bay Ridge.

Its main goal was to sell brand clothing at unbeatable prices.

Century 21 then moved in a strategic location in Lower Manhattan and Financial District just across the Twin Towers.

Precisely, on September 2001, the store was damaged after the collapse of the twin towers but it stood strong.

It’s usually a “must stop” after a visit at the 9/11 Memorial.

Century 21: The best shopping tip in New York


What kind of clothing you’ll find at Century 21?

At Century 21, you’ll find all kind of clothing including: pants, dresses, skirts, outerwear, sweaters, underwear, pajamas, shoes, hats, sunglasses, scarves and much more, basically everything for women, men, kids and home items.

Now, the best tip for Century 21 is that most clothes are designer brands like Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Guess, Levi’s and more at unbeatable prices.

It’s the best shopping tip in New York!!!!

It’s a real discount store.

Century 21: The best shopping tip in New York


How to navigate inside Downtown’s Century 21?

Once you enter Century 21 located across from Ground Zero, you’ll surely think that’s it’s a going to be a big mess!!!

I would say “yes” and “no”.

In fact, each department has an area.

You’ll have a section for hats, underwear, shoes, outerwear and of course a section for men, women, kids and home.

Thus, make sure to check the signs in the store to avoid getting lost inside.

I personally already got lost in the shoe department located in a different aisle of the building and a lower floor. To get there, you have to walk through a small door, walk down 2 flights of stairs and go through another small door: a real maze. 🙂

On aisles, the clothes are not organized by brand but usually by color.

Century 21: The best shopping tip in New York


How to find really great deals?

To find really great deals, you have to look and snoop around, in other words: be patient and be ready to spend time looking around for great bargains.

I, personally, don’t have that patience and get tired of the crowd very quickly.

I do remember buying pajamas, a suitcase, jeans, underwear and a pair of converse sneakers for kids (excellent deal btw).

My friend who was visiting bought a beautiful designer cocktail dress for $49, jeans for $19 and underwear for less than $15 so there are some serious deals to be made 🙂

Century 21: The best shopping tip in New York


How is the staff?

The staff is really helpful with the customers.

Even, if it’s crowded, you’ll always find someone to assist and guide you.

They hire a great number of sales assistants in order to help and guide customers as it should.

You’ll notice that even if the store is very crowded you won’t be spending more than 30 minutes waiting in line at the cashier.

Everything goes fast and very smoothly. This type of organized customer service is something you can also find at the Apple Store and at B&H.


Where can you find a Century 21 in New York?

The most famous one is the Downtown location but since 2011 there’s another store in Manhattan close to Central Park on the Upper West Side at Lincoln Square. Then, one in Brooklyn, one in Long Island and 2 other locations in New Jersey (both are far from Manhattan).

Downtown22 Cortlandt Street , New York, NY 10007

Lincoln Square: 1972 Broadway , New York, NY 10023

Brooklyn: 472 86th Street , Brooklyn, NY 11209

Long Island: 1085 Old Country Road , Westbury, Long Island 11590



Business Hours:

For the Century 21 location in Financial District, opening hours are:

Monday to Friday: 7:45 am – 9 pm

Thursday and Friday: 7:45 am – 9:30 pm

Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm

Sunday: 11 am – 8 pm

For the Century 21 location in Lincoln Square, opening hours are:

Monday to Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm

Sunday: 11 am – 8 pm

Century 21: The best shopping tip in New York


Is it a great shopping tip in New York or not?

Yes, the Century 21 department stores are a great shopping tip to find discounted designer clothing during your trip to New York.

Now just like Macy’s, it’s up to you to take the time and spend at least an hour to discover the store.

Great finds! But watch out to not get carried away and blow up your credit card!! 🙂


My fist trip to New York was in 2007 when I was working for an airline company. I was born in the US, I lived in Mexico, in Europe in between Belgium, Spain and France… Well, let’s say I know about travelling! I bring my experience of NYC to the blog, to provide the best travel tips you could imagine!

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6 commentaires

  1. Sinead Hannon says:
    Hi I’m wondering how do I get to the nearest or best store if I’m staying at 45W 36st
  2. Teresa says:
    Hi just wondering is there a Century21 store close to Crowne Plaz Times Square. Is it walking distance?
    • TeamMemo says:
      Hi Teresa,

      You can go to the store located by the Lincoln Center, it’s about 25-30 minutes by walk from the hotel. You can also take the subway, line 1 for two stops. It will be faster.

      The biggest store is near the One World Observatory, to get to this store, you may take the subway, line E and stop at Chambers St Station.

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