New York City Mayor Eric Adams today unveiled plans to bring back and expand the popular holiday season Open Street along Fifth Avenue and around Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan this December. Building on the success of last year’s groundbreaking program, the 2023 version will set a record for New York City’s largest-ever holiday season-specific Open Street — expanding geographically by nearly 25 percent to reach Central Park and running again on three Sundays in December (3, 10, and 17) between noon and 6:00 PM.This year, the iconic Fifth Avenue corridor will be fully open to pedestrians between 48th Street and 59th Street, in addition to the area around Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall that will be pedestrianized throughout the holiday season. This dramatic expansion of public space in one of the world’s busiest neighborhoods at this time of year will significantly ease crowding — facilitating access to the iconic holiday window displays and creating a more pleasant holiday environment while also enhancing public safety for New Yorkers and visitors.
This holiday season, Saks partnered with Dior to create Dior’s Carousel of Dreams, a light show and spectacular holiday display, taking over all ten-stories of the facade on the iconic Fifth Avenue store.
Since Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s beloved novella The Little Prince was published in 1943, generations of children—and with them, generations of adults—have fallen under its spell. In honor of the book’s 80th anniversary, the prince himself has made his grand return to Manhattan. On September 20, French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna unveiled a bronze sculpture depicting the whimsical traveler at the garden entrance of Villa Albertine, located at 972 Fifth Avenue. This project by French sculptor Jean-Marc de Pas was spearheaded by the American Society of Le Souvenir Français, in partnership with the Antoine de Saint Exupéry Youth Foundation.
In addition, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the publication of Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the French author and aviator who lived in New York during World War II, the National Arts Club will host a musical play in French, Vols au-dessus du Volcan, is based on the correspondence between Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and his wife Consuelo. The Event will take place at National Arts Club on November 21st at 6:30pm. Free with Registration.
From May 1st to 31st, the avenue will be transformed into an enchanting floral universe created by French illustrator Charlotte Gastaut, with ten colorful sculptures complimented by live flowers, spanning from 50th to 59th street.
Strolling down Fifth Avenue on Easter Sunday has been a New York tradition stretching back as far as the 1870s. It is one of the few times when Fifth Avenue is closed to traffic, and the Avenue is open to pedestrians. Put on your Sunday Best and join the celebration on April 9th, on Fifth Avenue between 49th and 57th Streets beginning at 10:00am.
Spring is in the air on Fifth Avenue. Van Cleef & Arpels and French artist Alexandre Benjamin Navet partnered to create fifteen colorful sculptures inspired by the artists’ sketches. New Yorkers will find the installations along Fifth Avenue from 47th to 59th Streets, and will be on view from May 1st to May 31st.
In anticipation of the reopening of the Hispanic Museum and Library this Fall on the Audubon Terrace, we thought we might take a look at the man behind the historic Terrace ~ Archer Milton Huntington ~ and his home on Fifth Avenue.