It’s Christmas Time In The City

Tonight, Lexcie and I went on our self-guided New York City Christmas windows tour, as well as a few other prime holiday spots in Manhattan.

Our first stop was Bloomingdale’s, which had the strangest holiday-themed windows I’ve ever seen. They apparently took ideas from kids at the Children’s Museum of the Arts and ran with them – which included candy-covered robots and a four-eyed, two-mouthed princess. Oh, and lots and lots of glitter. It was just… strange. And didn’t feel very Christmas-y at all.

Barney’s, on the other hand, was a breath of fresh creative air. They went with the whole “green” theme, and their windows were made of recycled materials fashioned in a Christmas theme. LED lights sat inside of soda bottles; soft drink and beer cans fashioned a huge reindeer; and a revised “Twelve Days of Christmas” included tofu patties, carob bars and a Prius in a pear tree. Here’s a New York magazine video about Barney’s windows.

Before we stopped at Bergdoff Goodman, we took a detour to FAO Schwartz. The store is such a disappointment compared to its former glory; the clock that sang “Welcome To Our World Of Toys” is gone, as is the robot elevator. The Big-themed floor piano is still there, and if you want to take home a similar instrument, be ready to shell out $250,000. Yes, the floor piano is as expensive as a house.

Bergdoff Goodman’s elements-themed windows were nice, although a little too on the frou-frou side for me. They were sort of an over-the-top Victorian take on air, water, fire and such. After grabbing some roast chestnuts, a hot dog and Lindt truffles, we continued down Fifth Avenue, passing all the decorated stores. Harry Winston’s garland was really nice – all silvery, sparkley and shiny. I like shiny things.

After a quick stop at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, we headed for Saks, which had  pleasant snowman-themed windows. We watched the store’s lighted snowflake show, then headed over to Rockefeller Center to see the tree. All I can say is wow. The tree is now decked in LED lights and is brighter than ever – I’ve never seen such a brilliant tree in my life. The colors were so vibrant and popped out. Here’s a New York Times article about the tree, complete with a picture.

By the time we were done with Rockefeller Center, our feet were killing us, so we grabbed a bus to hit the last two windows. Lord and Taylor’s Christmas windows, based on the senses we feel at Christmas, depicted family scenes of celebrating Christmas. They were quite elaborate, and probably the second-best windows of the night (I really, really dug the Barney’s windows, as you could see).

Macy’s disappointed me after stellar windows last year. It had some wacky-themed windows about Santa Claus’ trip around the world on Christmas Eve, but there were too many things going on at once and it was too poppy-feeling. I did, however, enjoy the Miracle on 34th Street-themed section.

We finished the night at Tracks Bar and Grill in Penn Station, which I never thought would be a good restaurant. I pass it all the time on my way to Track 19 every night, but I thought it was just some watering hole where commuters grabbed a drink before heading home. It was actually quite tasty – Lex and I grabbed quite juicy hamburgers, crispy sweet potato fries and Stewart’s root beers. The price wasn’t all that bad either, considering the other two big restaurants in Penn Station – Houlihan’s and TGI Fridays – take you for a more expensive ride than the LIRR.

2 Responses to “It’s Christmas Time In The City”

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  2. Caitlin says:

    The last time I went to the city I couldn’t find FAO Schwartz. I thought it was gone. I’m glad you had a nice time in the city!

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