Shopping near the Empire State Building

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Henri Bendel holiday windows

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Henri Bendel window displays are inspired by vintage landscaping this year. In one window you'll find Louise the Elephant, a plush green fellow made of shrubbery and covered in oversize silver ornaments. Other windows will feature fountains, cobblestones, scattered camellias and all-around holiday

  1. Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Ave, at 56th St
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Thu Jan 1
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"Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs"

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The explanatory text on the wall at the beginning of MoMA’s blockbuster of around one hundred of Henri Matisse’s cut-outs notes that these well-known works attempted to resolve the “eternal conflict of drawing and color.” Epic though that reconciliation may have been, it feels faraway and

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Sun Feb 8
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Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows

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This year, Saks debuted a new Snowflake Spectacular, a 3-D light show that plays out across the department store's exterior each evening. The dazzling display is just one element of the shop's holiday celebration: Window displays tell the story of the Saks Yeti, and also include an interactive

  1. Saks Fifth Avenue 611 Fifth Ave, at 49th St
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Wed Dec 31
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"Picasso & Jacqueline: The Evolution of Style"

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The work of Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) represents the art-historical gift that keeps on giving, offering exhibition organizers a seemingly inexhaustible supply of periods and styles to draw upon. This show takes up the last two decades of his career, when he obsessed over the image of his second

  1. Pace Gallery 32 E 57th St, between Madison and Park Aves
  2. Tue Dec 23 - Sat Jan 10
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Grand Central Holiday Fair

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This fair's six-week run features 76 microboutiques plus 22 new artists and businesses boasting everything from contemporary jewelry and art objects to African crafts and Christmas ornaments. And since it’s situated inside the terminal itself, you won’t have to worry about shivering while

  1. Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair 89 E 42nd St, at Park Ave
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Wed Dec 24
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Bloomingdale's holiday windows

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Join Tony Award–winning actor and singer Idina Menzel in feting the unwrapping of the holiday windows at Bloomingdale's. Menzel will sing selections from her new album, Holiday Wishes, just before the big reveal. This year's high-tech windows feature interactive games and features that allow you

  1. Bloomingdale's 1000 Third Ave, at 59th St, 10022
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Wed Dec 31
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Tiffany & Co. holiday windows

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Behind the windows into which Holly Golightly once gazed so admiringly, Tiffany's conjures an image of a yuppie wintertime fantasia: the Upper East Side on Christmas Eve. The miniature brownstone scenes are replete with tiny chandeliers and garlands, and those well-known baby-blue boxes are strewn

  1. Tiffany & Co. 727 Fifth Ave, 57th St
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Wed Dec 31
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"Eugène Atget: A Quiet Calling"

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Ironically, one of the greatest names in the history of photography never considered himself an artist. Instead, Atget (1857–1927) prowled Paris, documenting its architecture and street scenes as reference photos he'd sell to painters. Aside from that, he was driven by a determination to capture

  1. Pace/MacGill 32 E 57th St, between Madison and Park Aves, ninth floor
  2. Tue Dec 23 - Sat Jan 3
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