Ready to get festive? Grab a C&J bus to New York City for Black Friday 2013 and let the shopping begin!
C&J’s NYC-bound bus brings you straight to Port Authority, located between 8th and 9th avenue from 40th to 42nd street in West Midtown, right in the heart of all the holiday shopping action.
Macy’s Herald Square, the company’s flagship location and the world’s largest department store, is an easy walk from Port Authority. If you’re planning a Black Friday trip to NYC, it’s practically your duty to check out the 34th Street Macy’s.
And if you’re into the one-stop convenience of massive department stores, you have to stop by Bloomingdale’s flagship location on 3rd Avenue – less than two miles from Port Authority.
Does Toys R’ Us count as a department store? We’ll make an exception for the Times Square location. With a full size ferris wheel and interactive attractions galore, the sprawling Toys R’ Us at Times Square has something fun for everyone.
From high end retailers like SAKS, Bergdorf Goodman, Apple, and Tiffany and Co. to more affordable options like H&M, Lucky, UNIQLO, and of course the iconic FAO Schwarz, you could spend the whole Black Friday shopping on Fifth Avenue and still not exhaust your options.
Just two miles from Port Authority, the shops at Fifth Avenue are within walking distance – but you could cut your transit time in half by grabbing the Subway.
In addition to the incredible deals, the shopping mecca that is 5th Avenue is home to some of NYC’s most beautiful and original window displays – with each shop struggling to outdo their neighbors. While it’s sure to be crazy, it doesn’t get more “New York” than Black Friday shopping on Fifth Avenue.
Looking for great deals on high-end products? Check out Loehmann’s and Century 21. Loehmann’s is located not far from Port Authority at 101 Seventh Ave (9 minutes by subway), while Century 21 is a bit more of a hike at 22 Cortlandt St (16 minutes by subway).
Tips for Staying Sane
Hopefully the information above has helped pique your curiosity and perhaps inspired you to plan a Black Friday shopping excursion to New York City. If you’re still feeling brave, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Dress for the weather – NYC is a walking city. If you’re planning to hit the 5th Avenue shops or other shopping strips, you’ll likely spend a good portion of your day walking from one place to another. Plus, expect the subways to be packed on Black Friday, meaning you may opt to walk from Port Authority to your destination of choice. Wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers.
Have a game plan – Don’t go in blind. Have some idea of the stores you’d like to hit and the items you’re looking to secure. Try downloading one of the many Black Friday smartphone apps to compare prices before you get there, and try to have a basic idea of your shopping itinerary.
Bring snacks – Stash a bottle of water and a few granola bars or other quick snacks in your purse for on-the-go replenishment. You may decide to take a time-out at a cute coffee shop – but all establishments (not just retail stores) will be packed to the hilt, so plan to eat a few snacks en route.
Utilize public transportation – Between the Thanksgiving Day Parade and Black Friday, traffic in New York City is sure to be insane. Utilize public transportation whenever possible – grab a C&J bus from Portsmouth or Tewksbury to NYC then take the subway or walk from Port Authority to get where you need to go.
We’re running extra buses for Thanksgiving this year, but they’re filling up fast! Book your tickets online now to secure your spot and shop till you drop in NYC this Black Friday.