The snowflake over 5th Avenue
Whether you want to or not, if you’re in New York right now you’ve got to admit that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (and Hanukkah and Kwanzaa…). Earlier this week, we went ice skating at the rink in Bryant Park, grabbed some hot chocolate and toasted hazelnuts from one of the booths in the park’s Holiday Market and then wandered into the Lionel trains seasonal pop-up shop right across the street. All of that festiveness was consolidated into only one block of NYC, so you can guess what the rest of the city is going through right now.
Then last night, New York City made Christmastime official. They lit the giant Baccarat crystal UNICEF snowflake that hangs over the intersection of 59th Street and 5th Avenue, celebrating with a choir of children and a performance from singer Keri Hilson. And a 2-minute walk away from that snowflake is the Cartier flagship, the entire facade wrapped in a ginormous red bow. Yep, the city has the spirit.
The skate rink at Bryant Park
If you’re not quite in the holiday mood yet and you haven’t double-clicked on the “Cool Yule” playlist on iTunes, one stroll through NYC right now will change your feelings. This is the best time to visit after all, because next week it’s gonna get cah-razy!
The Bryant Park fountain surrounded by holiday market booths