Friday, November 24, 2017

10 Best New York City Holiday Windows


One of the BEST parts of the holiday season are the amazing holiday windows in New York City. The city really comes alive during this time of year, and there are so many wonderful things to see and do. I am not a fan of the crowds, but I find if you go off 5th Avenue, it is somewhat less of a frenzy! These are, in my opinion, the best holiday windows you must visit. They are truly works of art, and can take up to a year to make into reality. Bergdorf Goodman, who has one of the most gorgeous displays each year, starts working on the next year's design right after the current holiday season. A fabulous film to watch is Scatter my Ashes at Bergdorfs directed by Matthew Miele which takes you behind the scenes of how these windows are created. It is remarkable what these talented folks can do, and we are oh so lucky to be able to enjoy them each year! 

In no particular order: 

1. Bergdorf Goodman - 754 Fifth Avenue at 58th Streets
2. Bloomingdales - 1000 3rd Avenue at 59th Streets
3. Lord and Taylor - 424 Fifth Avenue at 39th Street
4. Barney's - 50 Rockefeller Plaza between 50th and 51st Street
5. Saks Fifth Avenue - 611 Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets
6. Henri Bendel - 712 5th Avenue at 56th Street
7. Tiffany - 727 Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets
8. Macy's - 151 West 34th and 7th Avenue
9. Anthropologie - Rockefeller Center Location
10. Cartier -  653 Fifth Avenue at 52nd Street

Some of my photos of some previous windows during the holiday season: 















What are your favorite holiday windows in NYC? 



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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving 2017


Happy Thanksgiving everyone in the USA! I found this fabulous menu for Thanksgiving in 1956 from the Waldorf Astoria hotel. Very interesting menu, right down to the Pennsylvania Pumpkin Pie!

What is your favorite item on Thanksgiving day? We used to make a oyster cornbread stuffing that was so amazing. I love oysters in just about anything, or on their own. We once made a pumpkin pie with peanut butter which was pretty darn tasty.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day spent with family and friends. Enjoy the holiday and that great parade from NYC!!


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Amazing Holiday Lights Tour with On Location Tours

Spending my Christmas in New York City turned out to be pretty fabulous. The Sofitel hotel was amazing as always, and may be a regular stop each holiday! On Christmas Day, most stores and museums are closed. So you have to find some other things to do, like Radio City, St. Patrick's Cathedral OR a tour from On Location Tours! I have attended a few of their tours, and they are always wonderful. They are great for newbies to the city, to get the lay of the land before you explore on your own. When I heard they had the Holiday Lights Tour on Christmas Day, I was thrilled to work with them to attend this tour. 

They start in Columbus Circle area and show you all the wonderful holiday movie locations. There are so many sights in New York City that appear in holiday films. I was thrilled to see the apartment where Buddy the Elf stays with his Dad during his visit to New York City in Elf. I just love the Elf movie, could watch it even during non-Christmas months! 

These photos of the gorgeous winter owl and her babies is from Lord and Taylor, they reminded me of the owl in Harry Potter! The babies are just too darn adorable! 


Lord and Taylor did a great theme with animals this year, everything was really sweet. 
Most of the windows were not too crowded on Christmas Day, the bus takes you to each store and then you can get out to see them up close. It makes a very easy way to see a good portion of the holiday windows in one day. 

Macy's was probably the most crowded to check out the windows. I was thrilled to see my friend Virginia O'Hanlon displayed again this year. She is just so darn cute, and I love the whole story around Is There a Santa Clause. 


The New York Sun was a real newspaper, and Virginia was a real person! 

Macy's other windows were cute as well, a bit harder for me to photograph, but this one came out nicely. 

The next windows were Bloomingdale's and they were total glam. I just loved it. 

Very, very cool 

Awesome colors here ! 

The work that goes into the making of these windows is unreal. So many talented people that make these come to life! 




I really enjoyed Bloomies efforts in 2016 for their holiday designs. 

On Christmas Day, the best way to see this tree is on the bus with On Location Tours. A much nicer, safer and stress free way to see that famous tree! 

Barney's windows were very interesting and fun. 




Where do they get their ideas from? I would love to know! 


South Park made a visit to Barney's as well and it was fabulous! They were actually talking on speakers and making a bit of fun at expensive stores just like Barneys! 




I really enjoyed this tour, and it's a fabulous way to spend Christmas Day in NYC! You can check out my reviews of other tours from On Location Tours on my Unique Tours page. I have enjoyed all the tours I have taken with On Location Tours and would recommend to just about anyone.

The Holiday Lights Tour runs 
When: Nov 25 - Jan 1 Daily at 3pm & Saturdays at 3pm & 5:30pm (Check for additional tour times).
Where: The Shops at Columbus Circle (Exact location given upon purchase)
Cost: Adult: $42, Child: $32
Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours


Disclosure: I was provided a ticket for this tour from On Location Tours or this review. There has been no monetary compensation for this post. I only recommend products that I feel will be of interest to my readers, and that I am truly impressed by. All opinions are my own. Thank you!! 

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Inside Park at St. Bart's

I had the pleasure of being invited to check out Inside Park at St. Bart's. You can read my prior post about St. Bart's on the blog. I thought the space was very lovely when I checked out St. Bart's itself, and was thrilled to finally dine here. 
Founded in January 1835, in the then-fashionable Bowery section of Manhattan, St. Bartholomew’s began its life as part of the Evangelical movement in the Episcopal Church. Worship services were held in a plain church at the corner of Great Jones Street and Lafayette Place. At first growth was slow, but by 1872 St. Bartholomew’s was large and prosperous enough to build a splendid new church at Madison Avenue and 44th Street. Designed by James Renwick, the architect of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the building was later embellished with a triple portal by Stanford White. 

Stanford White is one of my most favorite architects & whose buildings are just such a wealth of amazement to me! 

They were having a white truffle festival when I visited, such an amazing menu. Located on Park Avenue, next to the Waldorf Hotel and behind the Lotte New York Palace, it is a great area. I love walking on Park Avenue as it is less crowded and you can really get a feel for the city. 
The bread basket was lovely and they always say if the bread is good at a restaurant, the meal will be even better! 
This was a Harvest Cobb Salad like I had never seen before. Everything so fresh, and this could be a meal in itself! The apples to the right melted in your mouth! 
romaine, bacon, apples, egg, pecan, cranberries, goat cheese, poppy seed dressing 
It doesn't get any better than this, or does it? 
Yes, it does! My main course was Tagliatelle and Pancetta
Egg noodle, pancetta, truffle cream, chanterelle, 6 minute egg and shaved white truffle 
It was called HEAVEN and I can't describe how fantastic it was! 

The terrace is a lovely space, heating in the winter and cooling in the summer, so relaxing to dine here with family, friends or a business meeting. 

Inside Park adjacent to St. Bartholomew's church is open all year around for lunch, dinner, cocktails, and private events.

Intricate Byzantine-like decorative stenciling, true to the immense room’s original colors, motifs, and craftsmanship, have been painstakingly replicated on the soaring 30-foot ceiling, as well as on the walls, overhanging balcony, and border around the raised dining gallery that is lit by original Great Hall hanging fixtures. 

Simple, but elegant, 15-foot-high yellow and white stained glass windows remain as beautiful elements of the 86-year old room.   

A lovely room, very classic New York and a unique experience.  



Inside Park at St. Bart's is wonderful for your holiday party needs. They offer custom-designed menus, unique space, and fabulous service. There are options available whether your party is 20 or 500. The historic Great Hall and Outdoor Terrace offer a lovely spot right on Park Avenue for any wedding, birthday or holiday event. 

Inside Park at St. Bart's is open for Thanksgiving dinner, and you can book on Open Table which makes it so easy! 

Inside Park at St. Bart's
325 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Reservations at Open Table 

Monday - Friday
Lunch: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Bar: 3:00pm - Close
Dinner: 5:00pm - Close

Saturday and Sunday CLOSED

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