4. The Flower District
Photograph by Louis Brunet
The Flower District is located on 28th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues. This area became a magnet for flower and plant businesses likely due to its proximity to Midtown, Madison Square Garden and Macy’s, all a driving force behind recent low cost hotel development. Walking along this stretch of 28th Street among a colorful display of flowers and variety of other plants is a unique experience in this congested area of the city. Unfortunately it has become a popular alternative to higher priced lodging in Times Square. There are still some flower and plant suppliers hanging on, but hotel development is continuing. Check out one shop, Ode à la Rose, for French-style hand tied bouquets with easy ordering and delivery (including to Brooklyn).