This is a question that I get all the time and I love it! First, let me say that I am a New Yorker (a native NYer) and have lived here for over 30 years. I don't want to bash any of the "new" shops because there are so many great shops in this city. However, there are so many new shops popping up every day that I think it's hard to keep track of them all. If you've been living in NYC for more than a few months, then you probably already know the shops you like and trust. But for those just moving here, here's a list of my favorite shops and boutiques in NYC.

1.Lululemon Athletica - This is an obvious one but I love it. It's right off the corner of Broadway and 57th Street in the West Village. I have a pair of yoga pants from Lulu there that I wear everyday.

2. A. Smith & Co. - I've been going to this store for years. It's a clothing store that sells everything from dresses to suits. I like to go there when I want something for work or a special occasion.

3. The Armoury - This is a new shop on the Upper East Side and they have great items. They have a wide variety of items from jewelry to gifts and everything in between.

4. Shoe Palace - This is a great shop in Greenwich Village. It has a huge selection of shoes, bags, and accessories. If you're looking for a great shoe, then this is the place to be.

5. Bluefly - I love this online store because they have so many great pieces at great prices. I've bought so many things from Bluefly that I still wear them to this day.

6. Zara - I love Zara because they have so many items that are both affordable and unique. They carry a lot of items from all over the world and they are always coming out with new items.

7. The Gap - Yes, The Gap is a clothing store but they also sell a lot of other things like home decor and accessories. They're located in Times Square and their products are very reasonably priced.

8. J Crew - Another clothing store that has a lot of items that are affordable and unique. J Crew is located in Union Square and it's a great place to go if you're looking for a pair of jeans or something to wear to work.

9. Anthropologie - This is another clothing store that is great for finding unique pieces. I love going to Anthropologie because they have so many pieces that are both affordable and unique. They have everything from jewelry to home decor.

10. BHLDN - This is a fashion house that sells high-end designer items. I love going to BHLDN because they have a wide selection of items from all over the world. Their items are expensive but they are so worth it.

11. Anthropologie - Another clothing store that has a lot of items that are affordable and unique. I love going to Anthropologie because they have so many pieces that are both affordable and unique. They have everything from jewelry to home decor.

12. Bloomingdales - This is another clothing store that is a little pricier than some of the others on this list. I like going to Bloomingdales because they have a wide selection of items. They have a great shoe department and their customer service is great.

13. Urban Outfitters - This is an online store that carries a lot of items from all over the world. They carry items from brands like Diesel, Puma, Calvin Klein, and more. They also carry a lot of items that are affordable and unique.

14. Express - This is a great clothing store for men. They have a great selection of items from all over the world. Their prices are reasonable and their customer service is great.

15. Zara - This is another clothing store that has a lot of items that are affordable and unique. They carry a lot of items from all over the world and they are always coming out with new items.