Holiday Revelry in the City

December 2023

The holiday season in New York is a time when the city transforms into a dazzling wonderland, and nowhere is this more evident than in Midtown West. The residents of 555TEN are perfectly poised to delve into the festive spirit.

A highlight of the season is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, an iconic emblem of the holidays in New York City. This year’s tree hails from Vestal, NY (outside Binghamton). Traditionally a Norway spruce, it stands tall in Rockefeller Center, adorned with thousands of twinkling lights, and crowned with a brilliant Swarovski crystal star. It’s a sight that never fails to enchant, year after year.

But that’s a mere launching point. At the Bryant Park Winter Village, explore the free ice-skating rink and a festive market with unique artisanal gifts, perfect for finding that special something beyond the usual fare. Continue the shopping trip up Fifth Avenue, renowned for luxury boutiques and department stores. During the holidays, the shops craft elaborate window displays that are works of art in their own right. Themes range from whimsical fairy tales to high-fashion vignettes, drawing crowds who come to marvel at the creativity and craft.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular features the world-famous Rockettes. This annual show is a New York tradition, with high-kicking dance routines, stunning costumes, and impressive set designs.

Too staid? Try Santa’s Secret Speakeasy, where themed cocktails and a Prohibition-era vibe provide a singular way to toast the holiday season. It’s a sophisticated, and occasionally edgy, escape from the usual holiday bustle.

At Schrafft’s Pop-Up Restaurant from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” re-live the iconic 1960s film at a pop-up version of the restaurant in Midtown. Enjoy a limited-time menu inspired by the Audrey Hepburn classic for a nostalgic, multi-sensory dining experience.

For those seeking a more bucolic take, a walk through Central Park in the snow offers a picturesque escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. The Park’s pathways and bridges become enchanting scenes straight out of a winter postcard. You’re probably familiar with the Wollman Rink, but also check out the Arthur Ross Pinetum, a verdant spot featuring 17 species of pine trees.

Living in Midtown Manhattan during the holidays offers unparalleled access. The festive vibe, combined with the convenience of being close to some of the city’s most iconic attractions, makes it an iconic time for the residents of 555TEN and their guests. Whether it’s taking in the sights and sounds of the season, attending spectacular shows, or simply enjoying the scenic beauty of New York, there’s no shortage of holiday magic.