Fifth Avenue (36th to 56th Street)
Swanky store windows on and around Fifth Avenue are especially eye-catching during the holidays. Go early or on weekdays to avoid the tourist crowds. Some highlights, listed north to south:
– Barneys (660 Madison Avenue @ 61st Street)
In “Haas For the Holidays,” designers Simon and Nikolai have created an imaginative universe that offers an interpretation of the Earth through the ages, with some of the Haas’ recurring characters coexisting across eras ranging from the planet’s beginning to the far distant future. Animation and sculpture illustrate four phases of time: Primordial, Utopia, Millennium, and a vision of the future that’s been titled Mushroom Singularity. Trippy, colorful and fun.
–Bloomingdales (59th Street & Lexington Avenue)
Whimsical, circus acts and mannequins sporting dazzling outfits reference the new musical P.T. Barnum biopic “The Greatest Showman.” More than 7,600,000 Swarovski crystals were used to embellish and outfit the costumes and props used in each window.
–Bergdorf Goodman (754 Fifth Avenue @ 58th Street)
To New York With Love” honors local cultural insitituions including American Museum of Natural History (Swarovski crystals—encrusted dinosaurs) the New York Philharmonic (red neon signs shaped like trumpets), the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Museum of the Moving Image, the New York Botanical Garden, the New-York Historical Society and UrbanGlass.
– Henri Bendel (712 Fifth Ave @ 56th Street)
Enchanting designs featuring flowers, birds and butterflies created by Lovepop decorate the store’s front and main level, including 30,000 paper butterflies hanging from the ceiling.
–Saks Fifth Avenue (611 5th Avenue @ 49th Street)
See stunning vignettes from Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in celebration of the film’s 80th anniversary of the film. Snow White frolics with adorable woodland creatures, the seven dwarfs sing in a crystal cave and the Wicked Queen acts wicket. The 49th and 50th Street windows showcase gorgeous modern interpretations of Snow White’s dress created by four designers (Alberta Ferretti, Naeem Khan, Monique Lhuillier and Marchesa). An extravagant light show on the facade repeats every ten minutes from 5 to 11 pm daily.
–Tiffany (727 Fifth Avenue @ 57th Street)
Wooden drawing figures pose in fun scenarios including literally “fishing” for jewels. Miniature versions of Tiffany’s “starburst” chandelier by Austrian glassmaker Lobmeyr sparkle in each window.
– Lord & Taylor (424 Fifth Avenue between 38th & 39th Streets).
In “The Best and the Brightest,” celebratory two polar bears, a starry NYC skyscape, a vintage circus, a woodland wonderland and Santa are seen through giant snow globes. Sparkling greenery flanks the front entrance.
–Macy’s (West 34th Street between Sixth & Seventh Avenues)
“The Perfect Gift Brings People Together,” showcases family traditions and preparations with an ornate ice-skating window, sesonal cityscapes and more. A fifteen foot tall Santa perches above the marquee (don’t forget to visit him inside).
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