We Heart Christmas Windows

Christmas windows have been a huge part of the New York City holiday season for years. I distinctly remember anxiously waiting on line, then standing as high as I could on my tip-toes to peer at the Lord & Taylor windows when I was a little girl. I can’t imagine it’s much different for the kiddos these days.

Here’s a quick rundown of where to see them and the themes:

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Macy’s (34th & Broadway) is a technology-heavy winter wonderland in its presentation, with an interactive element where you can change what’s happening on the screen with your movements.

The theme of Lord & Taylor (39th & 5th) windows seem much the same as when I was a kid (and this is meant as a compliment). The windows are inspired by vintage New York City, capturing the city’s history of tradition and heritage. The store aims to tell you a holiday story in each window as you walk down Fifth Avenue. And as always, Santa shows up.

The windows at Saks Fifth Avenue (51st & 5th) will depict the story of the Saks Fifth Avenue Yeti, (a cute, not-at-all-scary abominable snowman) said to live on the store’s roof and make snow during the holiday season. And every evening, there’s a 3D light show that maps the holiday story onto the building’s exterior.

Bergdorf Goodman (58th & 5th) goes for the fashion jugular, featuring a “holidays on ice wonderland feast of fashion” displaying clothing from the chicest of the chic.

Barney’s (62nd & Madison) can always be counted on to out-window all the other windows. Visual artist Joanie Lemercier collaborated with Jay Z (Hova!) for four futuristic set pieces complete with incredible light shows and a mini-theater. Visitors can actually become part of the display by climbing inside the last window to take a virtual ride on Santa’s sleigh.

And, finally, the windows at Bloomingdale’s (59th & Lexington) have different county themes, like France, Italy or China. Each window features a big box that swivels around to reveal different scenes in each country.

 

O Christmas Tree…

Ever wonder what happens to all those 10-foot Christmas trees online pharmacy in a densely-populated city where one square block can probably host over a thousand firs and evergreens? Christmas tree recycling began on the 2nd, so for the past week or so, I’m sure everyone has encountered the carcasses of holiday past on their curbs. Like this:

And this:

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Or this:

Our neighbors by the shore have a bit of a different experience:

The NYC Parks Department organizes Mulchfest, (scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday) in which they will recycle Christmas trees into wood chips, which are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. (Being a huge fan of the city parks, to me, this is the way to go.)  But jeez, get another mascot, guys–this one just freaks me out.

The holidays may be toast, but here’s the good news…only 69 days until spring!!!

Santacon Is Back!

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Coming to NYC this Saturday….Santa Con! The annual blow-out in which otherwise sane folks dress up as St. Nick and engage in a city-wide pub crawl to celebrate the spirit of the big guy and the holidays. By imbibing spirits. A lot of them. In many different places.

The website describes it like this:

Santacon is a non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political and non-sensical Santa Claus convention that occurs once a year for absolutely no reason.

Nice.

People dressed as Santas, elves and even dreidels meet at a location disclosed on nycsantacon.com. You can check out the itinerary on Facebook too. (As of this writing more, than 30,000 revelers have already signed up.)

All they ask is that you dress appropriately. (Red suit, white beard, jiggly tummy–you know the drill.). Bring a metrocard and enough cash for booze, plus two non-perishable food

items for the food drive.

Yep, Santacon isn’t only about having a good time; it’s a charity endeavor to boot. Last year they raised $10,000 for Toys are Tots and donated 6,000 pounds of food to local food banks.

Let’s take a look at pics of Santacons of the past:

It’s cocktail time!

Time to move on.

 

Candy canes and anarchy.

Did the real deal sneak in?

Santas descend upon our hood.

Rest stop.

Whoops.  Wrong holiday. (Now I’m scared.  Somebody make the creepy Bunny Santa go away!)

Happy pub crawling!

Roast Beast, Anyone?

Just a heads up on what you can expect should you decide to dine at North Square this Christmas Eve:

Appetizers will include a wild mushroom soup with goat cheese and chorizo croutons, New England clam chowder and ricotta gnocchi with chanterelle mushrooms, asparagus, corn and herbed butter sauce.  Plus chicken empanditas with

chorizo, mushrooms, goat cheese, creme fraiche and tomatillo sauce.

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For the main course, there will be pan-roasted ostrich with herb polenta, eggplant and tomato confit, and red wine au jus.

And for you healthier types, there’s porcini dusted halibut with spinach and basil quinoa, wild mushrooms and a mushroom cream sauce.

Sadly, we’ll be closed on Christmas Day to open our presents but hope you can join us to chow down on the eve!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Celebration Time…Come On!

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The holiday season is officially here!  On Wednesday, night, the 45-foot Washington Square Christmas tree was officially lit for the season.

Here’s hoping for

a time of joy, love and peace for everyone, no matter what holiday you celebrate!

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