Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas in New York City

Merry merry merry Christmas everyone!

As a non-Christian household and our immediate families thousands of miles away, we've established a few New York City traditions of our own to usher in this festive day.

We start with the night before Christmas, which is the only time of year that Gramercy Park is open to the public, and even then, only for a single hour. Like last year, we braved the frigid cold to carol in the Park, only this year we hung back from the crowds; to sing, cuddle and reminisce on "our" bench instead. The memories we have of this Park are so precious that I won't deny how rough it felt knowing we wouldn't be able to enter this space again for another year.
Food solves most troubles so we crossed the street to Maialino and ate and drank ourselves very happy.
DVF Zarita in Navy, Nine West Jeneil pumps in Red Suede (my weak ankles LOVE the solid heel on this shoe)

Christmas Day for us means a visit to the holiday windows and displays around town. Here are some of my favourites.

Barneys x Disney. I thought the video was pretty cute but wished the rest of the windows were similarly decked out
Bergdorf Goodman - while not as elaborate as last years, the 1920s-themed windows are the best of the lot. This particular display was my favourite. Seriously, white peacocks?!
Tiffany's - if I had a Christmas tree, this is how I want the bottom of it to look like 
Gingerbread Lincoln at the Le Parker Meridien gingerbread extravaganza
Hilarious gingerbread depiction of the dangling crane 
I usually don't take photos of trees but I liked how the Le Parker Meridien one took a leaf (ha!) out of the AMNH tree
Uniqlo +J 3-way coat, Anthropologie Jeweler's Choice Cardigan, Zara drop waist dress (sim), Chanel vintage flap
More new shoes: Wolverine x Samantha Pleet boots (herehere and here)
One in a row of giant nutcrackers outside UBS in midtown
We finally ended up at the Rockefeller Tree. There were SO. MANY. PEOPLE, we hightailed it out of there as soon as this picture was taken

And then we made like Jews and had chinese

Hope your day was as festive as mine! 


  1. ha, I love your Christmas traditions! I am a big time Christmas fan (but non-secularly so) and it's all about traditions (tradition!) (inserted as an operatic fiddler on the roof ref). It's all about watching a range of movies from Thin Man and Scrooge yearly, and stuffing myself with masses of turkey and various potato products over a giant family dinner as we laugh and reminisce and make fun. good times.

    You guys outta be able to get a special dispensation to visit Gramercy park whenever you like!

  2. Looks like a perfect holiday to me! And by the way, I'm pretty sure we all want the bottoms of our Christmas trees to look like that :-)

  3. All the pictures are so awesome!! I think NY is one of the best cities to be in during the holidays. The Tiffany tree is great...especially the bottom like you mentioned (hehe) and the gingerbread houses look too good to be true!! You look gorgeous in the black lace top by the way!! Happy Holidays Usha!!

  4. The Tiffany windows are always some of my fave - love the new boots on you! Have a wonderful New Year's!