Holiday Open Streets Returns to Fifth Avenue between 48th & 59th Streets during December 2023

 

 

 

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 (cancelled due to weather), 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.

Stay tuned to hear if the December 10th date is rescheduled.

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Make a Donation this Holiday Season at The Giving Machine at Rockefeller Center

 

 

 

Last year, Rockefeller Center brought us Love at the Center and a vending machine filled with (what else) jewelry! …. with proceeds from one of the sterling silver chair charms going to World Central Kitchen in February for Valentines Day.

This year, the public is invited to celebrate the season of giving by making a donation through the Giving Machine. The machines allow passersby to donate to local and global charities as well as purchase much-needed items — like meals, warm blankets, and polio vaccines — for those in need, or a single goat or two chickens to providing a household cleaning kit, polio vaccines or even a day at Yankee Stadium for an orphaned teen. When donors make their purchase via credit card, the Giving Machine dispenses a postcard featuring an image and description of their donation.

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Step Aboard (and Look Back) at a Ride on the NYC Nostalgia Train by Photographer Ken Lee

 

 

 

The Holidays are here, and the Nostalgia Train will once again offer NYC subway riders a chance to step aboard on November 27th, December 4th, December 11th and December 18th, 2022.

Local photographer Ken Lee created a wonderful video taking viewers back in time, for a ride on a City of New York Nostalgia Train.

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NYC Parks Celebrates 40th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition at The Arsenal Gallery, Central Park

 

 

 

Tina Kaasmann Dunn, Wreath Interpretations Opening Night. Image credit: Malcolm Pinckney

NYC Parks’ annual Wreath Interpretations exhibition returned to the Arsenal Gallery, with almost 40 inventive, handcrafted wreaths on display that celebrate the holiday season. Free to the public, and on view until December 30, this year’s collection of wreaths was created by artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages who have used inventive and unexpected materials tore-envision the traditional holiday decoration.

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Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC ~ it’s the December 2022 GothemToGo Art Roundup

 

 

 

From our archives in Bryant Park, 2020 Holiday Market

Buckle-up for a plethora of Holiday Events, outdoor art installation and exhibitions this month ~ from Tree Lightings and Markets to the new car-free Fifth Avenue, there is no end to the fun to be had this Holiday Season. In addition, we light a candle in observance of World AIDS Day on December 1st. Here are a few suggestions for the month of December.

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The Historic La Marqueta Night Market Returns for the Holidays with 50 Local Makers, December 3rd ~ 10th ~ 17th

 

 

 

Harlem Night Market 2019 courtesy Uptown Grand Central

Kick off the holiday season in Harlem with the Harlem Night Market at La Marqueta, created through a partnership between NYC Public Markets (run by NYC EDC), Uptown Grand Central, TBo Harlem & Union Settlement. 

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This Holiday Season, A Car-Free Fifth Avenue from 49th ~ 57th Streets On December 4, 11 and 18

 

 

 

For the first time ever, Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic for three Sundays in December as part of a program called “Fifth Avenue for All.

On December 4, 11, and 18 between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m., Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets will be pedestrian-only.

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Snowpeople & Holliday Lights Make a Festive Return to The Meatpacking District

 

 

 

2021 Holiday Display,, Meatpacking District. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

The Meatpacking Business Improvement District announced that its iconic holiday light display will return to the neighborhood with even more engaging elements. Back by popular demand, the District’s festive installation of lights, seasonal planters, iconic Snowpeople, the illuminated colonnade and more that are ripe for photo-ops will descend on the neighborhood’s streets starting Thursday, December 8 through mid-January 2023.

Below are a few images from the 2021 Holiday installation.

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Save the Date for Free Holiday-Themed Walking Tours by Flatiron NoMad Partnership

 

 

 

Miriamm German leading a free tour for Flatiron/NoMad Partnership

The Flatiron NoMad Partnership, which provides free, year-round historic walking tours of the neighborhood, will offer special holiday-themed walking tours on three Sundays in December.

Attendees will learn about the Star of Hope, the country’s first public Christmas tree lighting, the international toy and gift center, and Dr. Clement Clarke Moore writing his famous Christmas poem, “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (commonly known as “The Night Before Christmas”) in his country home on 23rd Street in 1822.

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It’s Time for the Art Students League Annual Holiday Art Sale!

 

 

Image courtesy Art Students League Holiday Sale, 2019

The Art Students League of New York is pleased to announce the return of its Holiday Art Sale featuring works for sale by League artists. The exhibition and annual sale is free and open to the public to browse available works and take home a piece of The League. All purchases directly support emerging artists and help The League continue to offer accessible, affordable, high-quality arts education and instruction.

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The Holiday Train Show + NYBG Glow Return to the New York Botanical Garden in November 2021

 

 

 

G-scale trains zip through magical displays. Image courtesy NYBG.

NYBG’s Holiday Train Show—a favorite holiday tradition—is back for its 30th year! See model trains zip through an enchanting display of more than 175 New York landmarks, each delightfully re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, lotus pods, and cinnamon sticks. And on select dates, start a new holiday tradition as day turns to night with NYBG GLOW.

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LuminoCity Festival Returns to a New Location In New York in November, 2021

 

 

 

LuminoCity Festival 2020. Image credit: Zandy Mangold.

Lumino City, Inc., a multimedia entertainment company that transforms captivating stories into multidimensional experiences, announced the return of its one-of-a-kind holiday event, LuminoCity Festival, with its 2021 festival theme, Shine Again. For the first time ever, the LuminoCity Festival will be taking place in two different locations ~ Fairfax County, Virginia (opening October 15) and Long Island, New York (opening November 12) at Clark Botanic Gardens in Albertson, New York.

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LuminoCity Festival 2020-2021 Returns to Randall’s Island in November

 

 

 

The Castle in the Clouds in winter Fantasy. Photo: Yunkai. Courtesy LuminoCity Festival

The fun and family-friendly LuminoCity Festival will be returning to Randall’s Island from November 27, 2020 to January 10, 2021. LuminoCity is one of the few large-scale events happening this holiday season ~ all outdoors and easy to socially distance.

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