Monthly Archives: December 2010

Holiday Attractions & Nightime Events in NYC

Last week my dear friend invited me to a Christmas pageant held in a church off Broadway near Times Square. The talent was amazing, the Christmas messages poignant and the energy was of a high order.

Afterwards, even though it was really cold I decided to walk home passing Rockefeller Center with the famous Christmas tree. It was cold and late but the streets were filled with happy faces of families enjoying the sights.

A few nights later I went to Alice Tully Hall for my annual favorite concert of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center playing all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. The music was played with such joy, pleasure and expertise that it transported me to higher realms.

We had an inexpensive dinner at the Lincoln Center branch of a favorite coffee house/bakery, Le Pain Quotidien It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

This is some of what I saw.

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Night Views of NYC Holiday Windows

Here are my pictures of the holiday windows that I mentioned in the previous post.

What I enjoy are the details, the creativity and most often the beauty intrinsic in each thematic window. Every year the windows display something entirely different.

In this slide show you can see:

  • first, the foodie windows from Barneys www.Barneys located on Madison Avenue and E.61st Street;
  • the transportation/fashion theme windows at Bergdorf Goodman located on Fifth Avenue and W.58th Street;
  • the new year celebration/fashion/children’s voyages windows at Sax Fifth Avenue located next to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, across the street from Rockefeller Center on Fifth Avenue and E.50th Street;
  • the favorite memories of Christmas windows at Lord and Taylor located on Fifth Avenue and W.38th Street.

I hope that you enjoy the windows and please tell us about your favorites.

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Just Above One Holiday Window

In addition to all of the special holiday nighttime events in Manhattan are the often spectacular department store windows that draw throngs of people.

In my family some of us enjoy seeing of them together on Christmas night.

This year at  Saks Fifth Avenue there is a new light show, Snowflake and The Bubble, with music this year projected on to the building itself above the store windows on Fifth Avenue. I found it to be so delightful and my cousin found a great video of it from the internet.

Imagine the scale of the projection, which is a whole city block, the deep bass resonant sounds of the clear music and that the bubbles have the translucent colors that real soap bubbles have. ( That’s what we saw and heard in person)

Then you’ll have in your imagination all you need to be right there sharing it all with the holiday crowds!

Next time I’ll share my own pictures of the department store windows with you.