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December 11, 2007

It's Christmastime In The City

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Img_1691 Img_1715The lights are lit.  The windows are bright.  The bells are ringing.  It must be New York City in December.

I took a chilly stroll along Fifth Avenue this afternoon and put together a little photo album of some of the best lights and windows New York has to offer.

Macy's "Miracle On 34th Street" Windows, Lord and Taylor's Old World Christmas Windows and Bergdorf Goodman's salute to the work of artist and designer Tony Duquette are all represented.

Img_1693My favorites are the Bergdorf Windows.  They're not Christmas windows in the strictest sense, but they're intricate and festive and for me, a pure delight.  They were designed by David Hoey, Senior Window Merchandise Director of Bergdorf's and his team, and they illustrate Tony Duquette's "Natural Baroque" style.  Each window portrays the worlds ofImg_1736 "Earth," "Air," "Fire," "Light" and "Water."

The "Water" window is decorated with hundreds of sea shells and shows a woman dancing with a man sporting a cool alligator head.  The "Light" window shows a red haired cabaret singer and her microphone while large golden "suns" illuminate her.

Click here for Bergdorf's windows website where you can watch an interesting time lapse, behind the scenes video of the construction of the windows.

Meanwhile over at Macy's on 34th Street, there are the sweet, traditional "Miracle" windows, but almost hidden on the Broadway side of the store are some mind blowing avant garde displays.  One, all dressed in blue, shows the huge face of a boy watching Santa and his reindeer ride a roller coaster. 

I hope you get a chance to visit New York to see these windows in person, but if you can't, the pictures are my Christmas gift.  Enjoy.

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