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Holiday Happenings in Midtown West

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Winter Village at Bryant Park, the annual ball drop in Times Square—Midtown Manhattan is synonymous with the holiday season, and residents of the rentals at 555TEN couldn’t be in a finer spot to enjoy NYC’s festive revelry.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

One of the most iconic events on the NYC calendar, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade wends its way from Central Park West to the famous Macy’s department store on November 24 in a cavalcade of colorful floats, marching bands, dancers, and circus performers. From your Midtown luxury apartment, you’re in prime position—less than a 15-minute walk from the parade route on 6th Avenue. In 2022, keep your eyes peeled for new balloons in the shape of Stuart the Minion and Bluey, as well as beloved classics like Astronaut Snoopy.

Winter Village at Bryant Park

Once again, Bryant Park is transformed into a winter wonderland, bristling with cozy igloos, a curling cafe, and a European-inspired open-air market selling everything from mulled wine to artisan crafts. At the heart of the Winter Village at Bryant Park is a 17,000-square-foot rink where you can watch professional shows and take to the ice yourself—bring your own skates, and you don’t pay a dime. Seeing as the park’s just 15 minutes away from 555TEN’s Midtown West apartments, it’s probably time you bought a pair!

Hudson Yards New York

Not only is Hudson Yards a wonderful place to do your festive gift shopping, but it’s also hosting a myriad of seasonal events this November and December, including cookie decorating, photos with Santa, performances from the New York City Gospel Choir and Brooklyn Ballet—and even hip-hop-dancing toy soldiers! The centerpiece of this year’s enchanting celebrations is Shine Bright, an installation of two million lights, making the neighborhood shimmer—with a glittering 32-foot hot-air balloon “floating” among the shops.

New Year’s Eve, Times Square

The New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square is broadcast on screens the world over, but residents at 555TEN need only walk a few blocks to see it in real life. This year, be in the thick of the action yourself by either making your way to Times Square around 6 pm for the beginning of the celebrations or booking yourself into one of the VIP parties taking place around the neighborhood and seeing in 2023 with cocktails, canapes, and delicious views of Midtown NYC.

With a Midtown West apartment rental, you’re in the heart of all these holiday happenings and many more. Speak to the 555TEN team today.

A Park Rises from the Hudson River

Residents of the Midtown luxury rentals at 555TEN live a mere two blocks away from the Hudson River Greenway and its host of trendy new features. From the shopping and entertainment paradise at Hudson Yards to the iconic High Line, strolling along the West Side of Manhattan has never been better. One new addition to this stretch of Manhattan, the futuristic-looking Little Island public park, opened to visitors last year and has been slowly gathering acclaim as more New Yorkers explore its meticulously landscaped 2.4-acre grounds. Keep reading to learn more about this unique patch of greenery suspended above the waters of the Hudson River.

Little Island began as the dream of English designer Thomas Heatherwick, whose Vessel has been turning heads in Hudson Yards since its installation. In a New York tradition that produced enduring civic institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Heatherwick’s proposal was picked up and championed by billionaire philanthropist Barry Diller, who guided the project through a lengthy approvals process and has pledged hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money to pay for the park’s upkeep.

Heatherwick’s vision called for a grassy park perched on columns that create a visual continuity with the pylons that hold up the piers stretching out into the river from the shore. The columns, which expand into tulip shapes as they rise from the waves, are arranged at various heights, creating a park that features a central hill, on top of which visitors can get a panoramic view of the surrounding city and river, as well as a low point where an amphitheater looks out over the water. The plantings were planned and executed by Signe Nielsen, a cofounder of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, and the dense foliage masks the park’s artificial base and transports visitors into an atmosphere like a grassy plain or wooded glen.

The central hill features a crow’s nest, while the amphitheater has a rotating schedule of concerts and dances, many of which are, like entry to the park itself, free of charge. Ample play space and winding paths make Little Island a great place for a family outing, while the lofty crow’s nest will serve as the backdrop for many a romantic moment. When you’ve taken in the sights that Little Island has to offer, head back inland and take the High Line north back to your spacious Midtown Manhattan apartment at 555TEN.


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