It’s Christmastime in the city pt. 4: 5th Avenue

I took a cold winter stroll up 5th Avenue. The upper-tier stores were all adorned with holiday lights so I whipped out my camera to create a virtual walking tour for those of you who can’t make it this year. Hope you’re looking at these through a bright monitor!

These are the big snowflakes on the fa├žade of Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship store. If you stand directly in front of the building and squint your eyes, you get the illusion that they’re floating in mid air.

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Here’s the entrance to Cartier. These lights are a lot more twinkly in person.

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I think I posted a pic of this last year, as well. The lights make the building look like a big, beautifully wrapped box. The ribbon contains small strobe lights, so it sparkles. In retrospect, I wish I had waited until that MTA bus had passed by!

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Here’s Fendi’s flagship store. The building seems to be held together by two huge, sparkly belts. Again, with the strobe lights. I first saw the strobe effect on the Eiffel Tower. Now, everybody copies it.

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This is the Bergdorf Goodman and Van Cleef & Arpels. All they ever do is put a bunch of wreaths in the windows but I love it. It’s a quiet, elegant touch, especially when compared to the visual noise that precedes it.

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And, finally, here is a festive holiday street meat cart. Many of the street food vendors, especially those who cater to the tourist-choked midtown area, decorate their carts with lights and ornaments.

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This is probably my last post until after Christmas. I hope everyone gets a little happiness and joy in their stocking this year (except for that shithead Bernie Madoff). Merry Christmas!