An Empire State of Mind

I had big bloggy plans for Christmas in New York.  I wanted photos of the famous Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows, the Rockefeller skaters under the Christmas tree, and the giant snowflake that hangs over 5th Ave.

What happened instead was this…

a Bergdorf window
…a single, poorly lit Bergdorf window…
The tree
…and the tree…

…both haphazardly shot with my iPhone.  My talented husband was only in the city for a few days so I had to fend for myself in all things photographic.  Meow, meow.

SOOOOOOOOOO…I had to do what every modern woman of the blogosphere does and politely steal showcase other people’s photojournalism.

And what I’ve found, continues to amaze me.  As technology advances and people’s desire to document and share their world grows, beautiful photos are in abundance.  In 2009, I looked for a photo of one of the holiday windows on the internet and there were none to be found, not a one.  My only option to see it again was to buy a $500 coffee table book of Bergdorf holiday windows gone by.  Four years later, I now have the luxury to curate which photos from the internet I enjoy the most.

So cuddle up and grab a fancy cocktail with a pretty name like a Blue Blazer or an Old Etonian and let’s take a break from the doldrums of winter with a little stroll down 5th Ave together.

starting on the Paris theatre side...photoframd.com
starting on the Paris theatre side…photoframd.com
this is a sequined cape, ps.blog.bergdorfgoodman.com
this is a sequined cape, ps. not sure why no one got me one for Christmas
blog.bergdorfgoodman.com
turning the corner onto 5th Ave.blog.bergdorfgoodman.com
turning the corner onto 5th Ave.
blog.bergdorfgoodman.com
blog.bergdorfgoodman.com
blog.bergdorfgoodman.com
look closely, each square is it's own miniature window blog.bergdorfgoodman.com
look closely, each square is its own miniature window
blog.bergdorfgoodman.com
recognize this one?  yes, it's what the first photo in this post should look like.blog.bergdorfgoodman.com
recognize this one? yes, it’s what the first photo in this post should look like.
blog.bergdorfgoodman.com
habituallychic.blogspot.com
habituallychic.blogspot.com
look closely again, this is a bird's eye view of mannequins essentially glued to the wall.blog.bergdorfgoodman.com
look closely again, this is a bird’s eye view of mannequins essentially attached to the wall.
blog.bergdorfgoodman.com
here's a portion of the above window with a little depth.justin bishop vanityfair.com
here’s a portion of the above window with a little depth.
justin bishop vanityfair.com
turning the corner onto 57th Streetblog.bergdorfgoodman.com
turning the corner onto 57th Street
blog.bergdorfgoodman.com
blog.bergdorfgoodman.com
blog.bergdorfgoodman.com
and the final curtain...what you can't really see from this photo is the detail of the beautiful necklace draping down the mannequin's back...and the fact that she's canoodling with Santa!blog.bergdorfgoodman.com
and the final curtain…what you can’t really see from this photo is the detail of the beautiful necklace draped down the mannequin’s back…and the fact that she’s canoodling with Santa!
blog.bergdorfgoodman.com

We are officially on the road now with Les Miserables through August of 2013 and while we are thrilled for Michael’s career, excited to be together and can’t wait for the adventure that lies ahead, Michael snapped a few somber photos of the Upper West Side as a little tribute to the past.  These 2 shots are of 73rd (looking west)…

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and 74th off of Columbus (looking east)…

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These 2 streets look almost exactly the same as they looked 20 years ago.  The shots of these same streets from Broadway show an UWS that has been completely transformed in the last 10 years.  And that’s good…life marches forward…but there’s something so romantic about these untouched brownstones…

Our next stop was Philly.

 

 

2 comments

  • Oh my gosh. Is it weird that all I could think looking at those windows was, “I want…? Beautiful! And safe (fun, amazing, and, above all, shared) travels!

    • Thank you—we are very much on the road. It is not weird to feel that way about those windows, ps. They inspire an odd, fantastical desire !!

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