New York takes a dismal FOURTH place in list of best U.S. cities for shopping (and you'll never guess the top three)
21:30 GMT, 1 June 2012
It is regarded as the fashion capital of the world by many and yet New York has taken a dismal fourth place in a list of America's best cities for shopping.
The news will no doubt come as shock to the thousands of New Yorkers who consider the bustling metropolis to be by far the most sartorially sophisticated city in the country.
But according to a survey conducted by Travel + Leisure magazine, when it comes to a general consumer experience, New Orleans, Santa Fe and Charleston have superior stores.
Not so fashionable now: New York took fourth place in Travel + Leisure's list of best U.S. cities for shopping behind New Orleans, Santa Fe and Charleston
The travel publication asked readers to rate 35 U.S. cities with scores between one and five across categories such as nightlife, culture, people, quality of life and shopping.
The shopping category was divided into subcategories of luxury stores, independent boutiques, antiques markets, flea markets and interior design stores and the results subsequently combined for an overall score.
Bottom of the list was Orlando, Salt Lake City and Anchorage, the latter having also earned itself last place in the Best Dressed stakes.
Though New York took the number one spot in the luxury store sub-division followed by Chicago and Los Angeles, it failed to perform when it came to the other types of retail locale.
Despite the perennially trendy downtown area with its plethora of boutiques jam packed with fashionistas, not to mention Brooklyn's hipster contribution to fashion, in the independent category, New York City came a surprising fourth, beaten even by Savannah, Georgia.
When the New York Daily News revealed the results of the poll to nursing student Josh Belier, he exclaimed: 'New Orleans Really I’ve never heard anyone say: “Hey, let’s take a trip to New Orleans to go shopping.” Everyone comes to New York to shop.'
Top spot: Readers voted New Orleans the best place overall for eager consumers across a variety of sub-divisions such as luxury, boutique and antique shopping
Perhaps not any more. At least certainly not for antiques and thrift store finds. Regardless of the popularity and abundance of New York's flea markets and second hand furniture stores, the city didn't even feature in the top ten list for either category.
Again the southern cities fared far better with Houston, Texas rounding out the top ten.
And if all those chic Manhattan interiors magazines led you to believe New York was the place to go for home design think again, it came a poor eighth.
The concluding result was that over all New York only closely beat San Juan, Puerto Rico in a top ten list that featured LA, San Francisco and Philadelphia as well.
Student Anthony Colone, 29, who is about to move to New York from Delaware told the Daily News: 'That must be a mistake. That's just stupid. New York City is the shopping capital of the world.'
AMERICA'S BEST SHOPPING CITIES
1. New Orleans, Louisiana
2. Santa Fe, New Mexico
3. Charleston, South Carolina
4. New York City, New York
5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
6. San Juan, Puerto Rico
7. Los Angeles, California
8. Savannah, Georgia
9. San Francisco, California
10. Providence, Rhode Island
AMERICA'S WORST SHOPPING CITIES
1. Anchorage, Alaska
2. Orlando, Florida
3. Salt Lake City, Utah
4. Atlanta, Georgia
5. Dallas/Forth Worth, Texas
6. Las Vegas, Nevada
7. Baltimore, Maryland
8. Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona
9. Washington, D.C.
10. Memphis, Tennessee