|First stop: Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.|
Since I live in the East side, I took the green line up to 51st street so that I could have a look around the Rockefeller Center and then walk all the way up to Columbus Circle at 59th street and Broadway. The famous Christmas tree is as beautiful as always! However, let me give you a tip. If you can, avoid it on the weekends. It took me a while to get there and I had to fight against an army of tourists carrying their weight in gifts. In front of the Rockefeller Center, there's this building with the light show on the facade. It goes on every quarter or so, and it's worth watching!
|Park Avenue and 51st|
|Light show on the facade of the building|
It was a nice walk to Columbus Circle, since it wasn't cold at all. My idea was to visit the mall that you can find at that intersection. However, I found this market and ended up getting lost there. I really liked it!
Most of the shops had handmade stuff, just like the one at Bryant Park I talked about. However, this one is bigger, more crowded and less organized. Perfect combination for a Saturday evening. Moreover, this one had a little area with picnic tables so you could sit and eat. The food stands were amazing, you can find really delicious stuff there that you won't find at your grocery store for sure.
Here are some of the things that caught my eye for you to have an idea of what to expect:
|I really loved the colors of these beautiful lamps.|
While this markets won't be the most affordable places you will find, they will give you many ideas of what to get to those you want to give a gift to. Also, it's an opportunity to get to know artists trying to get their ideas out there. That's the case of those subway line designs you see above. They look really cool and they had that design on clothes, accessories, posters, etc. I also liked the bags in the last picture above, they all had great designs on a leather piece. All in all, it was a nice walk and I got all I needed for my secret Santa party afterwards!
|My adorable friends at our early Christmas party.|
I wish you the best of luck on your final exams and projects! I also hope you had some time to enjoy the weekend and the nice temperature we had in NYC... Thanks for reading and see you soon!