Though things were a little pricy in some stores, this was a great way to spend the afernoon. I enjoyed the array of shops. Me and my gal pals went shopping for hours. Plus there are a ton of great little restaurants right there for lunch. We went to the Moosewood (really well know for their cookbooks) and loved it. What an experience!!
I disagree with the negative reviews about the Commons, but I suspect they did not like it because it is not a bustling, sanitized shopping place. It has a small playground my daughter loves, bookshops, eclectic stores with bizarre stuff, and some very nice restaurants. It was a bit down at the heel a few years ago, but it is not at all scary lately. Check out the Wikipedia entry on it. For touristy things, there's a scale model of the solar system that starts in the center of the Commons with a small Sun model and the closer planets, and it stretches out down Cayuga street 3/4 mile, planets appearing every few blocks, ending with Pluto at the ScienCenter. Dunno what they'll do with Pluto not a planet anymore LOL.
I cant understand why someone would say its a waste of time. If you like cool stuff...you will like the commons!! They have all sorts of unique gifts there!! And I thing that it is really great that people dont have to worry about stupid cars getting in the way of shopping!! So GO..Enjoy the commons..But if you are a housewife or someone that just doesnt like adventure then you had best stay home where its nice and boring!!!
The Commons are like a blast from the past. It's not everyday that one gets to hang out, play chess, shop in unique stores, or eat in vegetarian friendly resturantes. It's a wonderfully resfreshing trip!
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