Strolling the blocks along Fifth Avenue from 49th St. up to 59th Street provides almost everything anyone could want out of the holiday season. Here we find the creative talent of the department store windows - and this year, the smash hits are those of Bergdorf-Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue; the Rockefeller Center Tree and ice rink, and the holiday music and wonders of St. Patrick's Cathedral across the way; the grand hotels such as the St. Regis, and more.
In this slideshow (in order): Saks Fifth Avenue, Cartier, Rockefeller Center, St. Regis Hotel, Disney Store, Trump Tower, Tiffany & Co., Bergdorf-Goodman, James Bond Omega ad, Prada, and Henri Bendel. Images by Walking Off the Big Apple, December 5, 2008.
I arrived on the scene yesterday in a downbeat mood, all thanks to taking too much of the economic gloom to heart, but after listening to a high school choir sing Christmas songs in Saint Patrick's Cathedral and seeing the wonders of ice-skating and the winter scenes of the stores, I came away uplifted.