And the winner is…

(Unsurprisingly) Bergdorf Goodman!

There should be an ”International Awards for Shop Xmas Windows” ceremony somewhere, if only to affirm that outdoing this B&G extravaganza is practically impossible. Except of course by B&G, who are somehow outdoing themselves every time! Hard to believe one can actually buy some of these items inside (I could probably afford a small box of macarons from Ladurée)…

Manhattan, 5th Avenue

December 9th, 2017

Christmas windows in the City

Holiday window displays in Manhattan are integrally connected with Christmas in the collective consciousness of New Yorkers – and in that of the regular, or even occasional visitors too. They’ve become part of the tradition, glitz and glamour and beauty of the holiday season and there just can’t be Christmas in the City without them.

Here, for instance, are some takes from Bergdorf Goodman’s breathtaking displays, inspired by some of the city’s most iconic institutions such as the American Museum of Natural History,  Museum of the Moving Image, The New York Botanical Garden, New York Philharmonic and New-York Historical Society (there are also windows for Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)  and UrbanGlass but I have no captures of them).

Entitled ”To New York with Love”, a celebration of the city’s ongoing love affair with arts, history and music, they are simply spectacular.

New York Philharmonic

The New York Botanical Garden

Museum of the Moving Image

American Museum of Natural History (and an avid admirer)

New-York Historical Society

And back to business with the commercial part and evening gowns – entrance in grand style guaranteed.

A ball in the Four Seasons, maybe? 

At which point I have to move on because I feel I’m turning green; head over heels (image from Elie Tahari)

Midtown Manhattan
December 17th, 2017

Duck Santa

Still waiting for Santa?… I hear you ask, with a bit of eye-rolling in the background.
Well, yes you do, if you’re a Greek kid. For in my country of birth, Santa – or Saint Basil (Agios Vassilios – ‘Αγιος Βασίλειος) to be precise – comes all the way from Caesarea in Asia Minor to bring gifts to the children on December 31st. That’s because the Greek Orthodox Church honours the memory of the kind Saint who was always on the side of the needy aiding the poor,  on January 1st. And every Greek family serves vasilopita, a round brioche-like cake with a coin inside. The cake is then swirled around before cutting it in equal pieces for everyone present, not forgetting those living in the family’s memories, the church and, of course, Saint Basil.

Tradition has it that who finds the coin is blessed with good luck the whole year round.

You see my friends, all good things to those who wait…

Quack Quack Quack! Ho Ho Ho!

December 31st, 2016

Pink Xmas

The ”Land of 1000 Delights” is made of candy and lollipops and the brightest colours and the Nutcracker and a light show and music and it will bring you joy and fill your heart with warmth and Christmas – but only if you walk by on a weeknight, preferably a very cold one. That sugar puff dream will turn bitter on a Saturday evening when thousands more will follow the very same destructive idea and join you to form a massive human wall. So, stay out of trouble, be constructive and avoid the masses: go on a weeknight instead. Light show goes on every 10 minutes, 5.00pm to 11.00pm until January 2nd.






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5th Avenue
December 8th, 2016