Things to do near the Empire State Building

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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. Tue Nov 25 - Wed Dec 24
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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. Tue Nov 25 - Thu Jan 1
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The Grand Tour

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Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers pass through Grand Central daily, but they probably don’t pay much attention to anything other than navigating the crowds. The Grand Central Partnership seeks to educate natives and tourists alike on the idiosyncrasies of the terminal and its surrounding

  1. Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse 42nd St to 44th St, between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves
  2. Fri Nov 28
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Boyhood and Postscreening Discussion with Richard Linklater and Ethan Hawke

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Twelve years of observing, filming and collaborating culminated in Boyhood, the Richard Linklater–directed coming-of-age story starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. After the film (all 165 minutes of it), catch Linklater and Hawke in discussion.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Sun Nov 30
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Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse

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The 1913 Beaux Arts train station is the city’s most spectacular point of arrival. The station played an important role in the nation’s historic preservation movement, after a series of legal battles that culminated in the 1978 Supreme Court decision affirming NYC’s landmark laws. One notable

  1. 42nd St to 44th St, between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves
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Chrysler Building

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RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions We won’t argue if you want to call this glimmering pinnacle of Art Deco architecture NYC’s most eye-popping skyscraper. Triangle-shaped windows in its crown are lined with lights, creating a beautiful effect come nighttime. Oozing a moneyed

  1. 405 Lexington Ave, at 44th St
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Lord & Taylor

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Oft-overlooked for its more glamorous department store counterparts, Lord & Taylor offers an ever reliable selection of classic brands like Ralph Lauren—minus surging crowds. The men's department is particularly strong, and they offer loads of basics, like lingerie.

  1. 424 Fifth Ave, between 38th and 39th Sts
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St. Patrick's Cathedral

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RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions This legendary house of worship counts Presidents, movie stars and business moguls among past and present attendees. While its intricate marble towers are a marvel of Gothic Revival architecture, St. Pat’s interior—including the Louis Tiffany–designed

  1. 14 E 51st St, between Fifth and Madison Aves
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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. Thu Dec 4 - Wed Dec 31
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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. Thu Dec 4 - Wed Dec 31
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