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NYC's best shopping: Top local labels, celebrity brands and more

It’s that time again.

Time to take stock of the past year and the people, places and things that have shaped New York City and continue to make it, by some regards, the best city in the world.

On Day 2 of amNewYork’s 2016 Best Of New York guide, we take a look at what’s new in recreation, including shopping.

Best celeb brand: The Row

Prepare for some serious apartment envy. Mary-Kate and
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Prepare for some serious apartment envy. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen opened the East Coast home of their fashion label The Row in an Upper East Side townhouse in May. The three-story space was beautifully designed in collaboration with interior designer Jacques Grange and features the label's wares dotted by fine art. 17 E. 71st St., 212-755-2017, therow.com

Best online-to-IRL: AHA Front

An online marketplace since 2010, AHA opened its
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An online marketplace since 2010, AHA opened its first physical store in DUMBO this past spring. The one-stop-shop is perfect for those with a lot of people on their holiday gift list, as customers will find an array of unique and original items, ranging from furniture to electronics to beauty products and more. 147 Front St., DUMBO, 646-454-1110, ahalife.com

Best marketplace: TurnStyle

After decades as an inactive and dreary underground
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After decades as an inactive and dreary underground walkway, the Columbus Circle subway is finally put to good use with the opening of TurnStyle in April. The shopping strip, which hosts shops from Papyrus to Dog & Co. and food vendors such as Ellary's Greens and Doughnuttery, will certainly come in particularly handy when temps drop in the coming winter months. Entrances at 58th Street and Eighth Avenue and Columbus Circle, 646-768-9224, turn-style.com

Best local labels: Flying Solo

Taking a cue from direct-to-consumer store success, Flying
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Taking a cue from direct-to-consumer store success, Flying Solo is now making a mark in New York City retail. The NoLIta co-op for local luxury labels opened in June and is run by 30-plus independent designers, offering a dazzling range of clothing, jewelry, bags and accessories. 224 Mulberry St., 917-547-4314, flyingsolocollective.com

Best store variety: Westfield World Trade Center

Crowned by the iconic Oculus, downtown Manhattan received
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Crowned by the iconic Oculus, downtown Manhattan received another shopping center in August, joining the likes of Brookfield Place in Battery Park. Though some may turn their noses up at what has been called a suburban mall vibe, others love the center's easy subway access and variety of stores. With about 60 stores at its opening in August, the number is growing -- Dior, Aesop and H&M among those "coming soon." 185 Greenwich St., 212-284-9982, westfield.com/westfieldworldtradecenter

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