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Hurricane Sandy won't affect Christmas shopping in New York

For many of us the Big Apple is a dream, a fashion paradise, a magical place to be during the Christmas period, when thousands of lights brighten the immense city and make it more magical than ever. Unfortunately, as we write, the City is unrecognisable, hit by the force of nature and specifically by Hurricane Sandy, the storm that has ravaged most of the East Coast. Many boutiques and iconic stores, such as Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue, have been closed since Sunday, as the storm has caused about $30 million in property damages and lost business. It also caused major transports disruption, because of power cuts and heavy floods.

If you're due to visit the big Apple in the next few days for a pre-festivity shopping spree you might find yourself very disappointed. But fear not, we are sure that New Yorkers, who have repeatedly demonstrated their strength through catastrophes and devastation, will soon be back on their feet and stronger than ever. It's reported that retailers are doing their best to restore normality and get back to business as soon as possible.

Here are our picks of our fave and most popular Christmas shopping destinations. Warning to all fashionistas and shopaholic: keep a close eye on your spending, as the City that never sleeps is boasting with super trendy, hip and fabulous stores, and you might soon be caught in a shopping frenzy!

Our number one destination has to be Macy's, on the 34th Street, the world's largest department store, nine floors full of clothes, accessories, beauty products and much more. The women shoes department seats on two floors (yes I said two!) where you can find from comfy pairs to killer stilettos. Also there's a huge selection of frocks and lingerie for yourself, designer brands for your other half and a children-friendly department. With its mid-range price tag, Macy's is the Mecca of every fashion victim (and not).

For our next stop grab your plastic, girls, as you're about to enter one of the most iconic and exclusive shopping destinations: Bergdorf Goodman. Situated on the Fifth Avenue, viewing Central Park, this store department features eight floors of luxurious brands, ranging from couture designers like Prada, Chanel, Chloe and Jean Paul Gaultier to trendy names such as DKNY and Marc Jacobs. Again two floors of shoe-heaven to satisfy the Carrie Bradshaw in us: Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Oscar de la Renta and many more. And if you're dreaming of a winter wedding, prepare to splash, as this is Manhattan's finest Bridal department.

Third place goes to Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the most comprehensive stores in New York, famous for its autumn and spring sales. The building comprises ten floors of frocks, cosmetics and fashion extravaganza, with designer boutiques like Escada, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and mid-range labels such as Juicy Couture and Marc Jacobs. Another must stop for the fashion elite is the glamorous Barneys Co-Op, on Madison Avenue, home to sophisticated, cutting-edge brands like Manolo Blahnik, Prada, Miu Miu and Habitual Jeans, and with prices on the high-end of the range.

Manhattan is bursting with iconic fashion designer labels and trendy shops, where you can buy the latest collections, limited editions and low-budget, unique pieces. Another sacred temple of fashion and glamour are the districts of SoHo and Nolita, with their ultra cool boutiques and the bohemian charm of the East Village. But if by now you have stretched your credit limit to the max, don't despair, you can still have breakfast at Tiffany's, as the beautiful Audrey Hepburn taught us!

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