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Shop NYC: Summer Must-Haves for Enjoying the Great Outdoors

Summer brings with it outdoor fun, and now’s the time to shop for all your warm-weather needs. Whether you’re shopping for gifts, supplies of just embarking on some retail therapy, New York City can satisfy all of your shopping needs.

Just in time for summer, Toys“R”Us Times Square has opened up a new bike area on the lower level of the store, which features an impressive selection of cycles in all shapes and sizes: tricycles, smaller bikes for beginners, bikes for older kids and parents, and more. All top brands are available, including Schwinn, Mongoose, Huffy, Dynacraft, Kent, and Pacific Cycle. Plus, on June 15th they opened up an expanded bike shop on the third level. Be sure to check it out -- as well as the indoor Ferris wheel and giant T-Rex!

Select from the latest, most advanced shoes and performance clothing at Super Runners Shop’s fine running shoe and apparel stores. Their inventory includes products from Nike, New Balance, Asics, Saucony, and many others. Owner Gary Muhrcke was the winner of the first NYC Marathon in 1970 and leads an expert staff of accomplished runners. Visit for a complete list of locations.

Whether your preferred board is for the waves, the slopes, or the sidewalk, Quiksilver is an excellent stop for clothing, accessories, and footwear for “young-minded people.” Their stores are like no other in New York City, offering full lines of Quiksilver and Roxy brands. Quiksilver’s signature use of rich visuals and bright colors infuses the urban surroundings of their stores with imagery depicting the beauty, passion, and adventure of the board-riding lifestyle.

Sunny summer days are ideal for golf, and The World of Golf offers deep discounts and expert personal service, and an unsurpassed selection of golf equipment. They have the most comprehensive selection of Ping golf clubs, Callaway drivers, Scotty Cameron putters, golf accessories and golf gear; and their New York City retail stores are a favorite stop for international and domestic travelers, due to their enormous selection of the latest and greatest, as well as the classic equipment that has made the game what it is today. All of The World of Golf stores have outstanding selections of equipment and custom club fitting, as well as a wide variety of bags, balls, shoes and accessories.

As film adaptations of graphic novels such as Watchmen and American Splendor have proved, comics are just for the young ones anymore. Voted the city’s best comic-book store by NY Press, Cosmic Comics specializes in both new and old titles, action figures, trading cards, T-shirts, trade paperbacks, models, videos and much more. Stop in Sunday -- new comics are half-price for kids under 16. Seems like a great way to introduce a new generation to the increasingly popular art form.

If technological gadgets are what you’re look for, one of the best electronics stores in Manhattan is DataVision, one of the city’s largest computer and video retailers. Its three levels encompass 30,000 square feet of savings, featuring a full selection of computers, software, peripherals, cameras, camcorders, MP3 players, DVDs, video players, TVs, handhelds, GPS solutions, desktops, notebooks, carrying cases, and mobile phones -- perfect for any tech-nut.

And finally, for summer shopping that’s a little off-the-beaten-path, Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market runs every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm, serving countless bargain-hunters: interior designers, antique hunters, buyers of fine crafts and fine art, collectors, stylists, and those shopping for fresh farm products -- including fruits and vegetables in season -- and baked goods. (For more information on vendors and how you can participate, visit

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