In between all the huge buildings downtown is the Police Museum, in an old precinct building. It's donation only, and it has three, somewhat sparse, floors of memorabilia of 200 years of NYC police squad. Lots of interesting stuff, including old ID tags of criminals before the age of fingerprinting, and a display on what women cops had to wear back in the day. Good, informative fun, and a display on the tv show Law and Order.
If you're taller than average and reasonably fit, Rampage will have great clothing for you. Others may curse it, but for us tall people, it's a welcome change. Great clothes for fairly cheap. Clothing is more for going out than it is for work attire, but definitely a good place to stop by when you're in Soho
Wide selection of books and of cds, and the staff is extremely helpful in finding whatever it is you need. Reading corners are set up for customers to peruse books, and you are rarely hassled. Overall great
Vineyard 48 is family run, and there's a good chance one of the owners is serving you tastings. They're a charming family, and it's a good way to spend an hour or so. The wine is all right, though nothing amazing. Not a bad stopover, but don't spend the day there. This was formerly known as Bidwell Wineries
Although the tastings are free, Pindar is often overrun by wine buses, tours, and individuals who know it as one of the larger vineyards on Long Island. The wine is all right, though not really worth the wait it takes to get to the bar to try it. The staff is knowledgeable but don't really take the time to talk to you about the wine or push new varietals.
Martha Clara has great wine and mostly free tastings. Try the Glacier's End White, great cheap wine. Also have a wide variety of foods available, and they offer vineyard tours by horse-drawn carriage. Great place to spend an afternoon.
The Hamptons are a great place to go wine tasting for the day, and make sure you hit up Pugliese on your North Fork trip. Tastings are free (though limited), and the wine is amazing. I recommend the sparkling merlot, though everything else is good. Family-run business, and not as popular with local wine tours as nearby spots like Pindar (a blessing)
It can get extremely crowded in this store, and fights over clothing are not unheard of. All items are high end clothes/accessories/home goods, sold at a deep discount. Big tourist hangout, given its location. Overall not bad, but be prepared for the crowds
Great place to pick up accessories, they have everything from basic necklaces and earrings to bags, hats, and scarves. Great selection, very cheap prices for the quality. Several locations around the city, and you can order online as well
Anything music or instrument related you can find at Guitar Center, from the most beginning, cheapest equipment up to professional quality. Staff are knowledgeable and will not try and sell you on the highest-priced model. Great place, especially if you're not sure exactly what you're looking for yet