Yesterday I took a little break from working on my current paranormal romance to make my yearly pilgrimage into New York City to see the best and brightest of the holiday windows. I always see Bloomingdales, Barneys, Saks, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor and Macy’s. This year you can’t beat Bergdorf Goodman’s BG Follies the sheer flash and style.
Lord & Taylor’s miniatures of New York charmed the crowds and me. Macy’s windows are full of nostalgia and charm with a sprinkling of Macy’s more interesting history scattered on the windows.
The cold and wind forced us in and what better place to stop than The Rock, Rockefeller Center. The basement has lovely restaurants and a great view of the skating rink where Santa went gliding by. He later stopped in to grab a cup of Joe at the restaurant where we were eating. I’ve never seen the scaffolding on the tree before as the workers are stringing the lights.
One of the happiest surprises of the day was seeing that the main branch of the NYC Public Library had a special exhibit on Charles Dickens. Seeing the first editions and some of his personal affects was really special. Did you know that he had a collection of books with fake labels above his mantle with titles like Interviews with Nobody, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.? There is also a tin type of the inspiration for Tiny Tim on display. This exhibit is well worth a stop if you are in Midtown.
I wish I could capture the buzz of the crowd, the lovely music of the Salvation Army’s band outside Saks Fifth Avenue, and the smell of roasting chestnuts that wafts from the street vendor’s cards and the mad crush of people shopping on the main level of Macy’s department store. But some experiences must be had for one’s self.
I hope you make it to NYC this holiday and if not, than one of these holidays.