New York Holidays

Christmas in New York —the run up from Thanksgiving to Christmas is the most magical time in New York City.  From this giant Swarkovski snowflake suspended over 57th and Fifth Avenue to the smallest corner store, New York sparkles and shines.

The Bulgari store on the SW corner of this intersection gets into the act with this glittering, writhing serpent.

Those who know me, know how much I look forward to my annual pilgrimage to see Bergdorf Goodman’s Christmas windows.  They never fail to delight!  And they are impossible to photograph.  This year is a jazz age theme.

Uptown, Ralph Lauren on Madison Avenue is also channeling white bias cut gowns, snow and white peacocks.

Outside Bloomingdale’s, two young, hip Salvation Army volunteers, rang bells and line danced to Christmas music.  Needless to say their kettle was twice as full as the one with the two bored men down the block!

In my neighborhood, busy sidewalks are filled with the pine scent of hundreds of Christmas trees brought to the City by enterprising New Englanders and Canadians.  Some of these sellers have been coming to the same street corner for years.

In the next block is a restaurant in its handsome Christmas finery..

….while an elegant townhouse around the corner is stunning in its holiday symmetry.

These striking centerpieces contain amaryllis, blue spruce, dusty miller, magnolia, roses and more.

Anyone remember this design from Lord & Taylor Christmas several years ago?






About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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