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New York’s Holiday Sights and Views

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December isn’t complete for me without a visit to New York City for all its glorious sights, sounds and views. Each year there is a slightly different focus that catches my attention — the magnificent large crystal snowflake floating over the intersection of 57th Street and 5th Avenue, the mile high tree at Rockefeller Center, a dusting of snow on Central Park ponds with lighted skyscrapers for a backdrop.

But it is always the visual imagery of this marvelous city that draws me back, engages me and helps dust off the cobwebs in the brain.

From 5th Avenue’s luxury “emporiums” to small boutiques on and off Madison Avenue — nothing can compete with New York’s holiday windows. They provide that invigorating and refreshing charge that makes the three and a half hour train ride down all that more worthwhile.

All-white scenes seemed to be the order of the day. From Bergdorf Goodman…

…to Ralph Lauren.

And two uptown boutiques (almost across the street from each other) played on a gingerbread theme.

The reflected brownstone facades actually serve as a perfect backdrop for the holiday confectionery house.

And always, strolling the side streets of the UES turns up some of those singular images that add so much to my brief visit…festively decorated facades of New York townhouses.

A well-recognized name emblazoned on a jaunty color-of-the-season awning with exuberant window box planting.

Another window box with glorious amaryllis (no surprise, it is one of my favorite florists), topped with a formal stone plaque.

Finishing with some holiday color in a window that gives new meaning to visual imagery…Bergdorf Goodman just couldn’t resist.

May your holidays be colorful and merry, and filled with good friends.

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Bettie Bearden Pardee

About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

9 thoughts on “New York’s Holiday Sights and Views

  1. Blessed Christmas to you as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world!

  2. Bettie,
    Sitting in a heated, buzzing chair, Dana Farber, enter New York Christmas Windows.
    Last month, Paris Doors, keeping me entertained. TH ANK YOU

    Toni Peters

  3. This is the first year in several that I won’t see them! My kids came here for Thanksgiving! I have a 3 year old grandson named “Bear.” Will make sure he sees the Ralph window! Bergdorf’s is always the best!

    Merry Christmas!


  4. How I loved looking at the window dressings when I lived in NYC. The windows here are very tasteful and clever, but Carcassonne is so tiny compared with New York.

  5. Merry Christmas, Betty !!
    I so enjoyed your views of Christmas in New York !!

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