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Festive Fun in NYC
This month, the city sparkles with striking holiday window displays, ice-skating, unique shopping and seasonal attractions. Tim Markman, Lead Concierge at The Standard, High Line (848 Washington St., 212.645.4646) shares his picks for festive fun in NYC.
Q: When you meet international guests (from London or other European cities), is there anything specific they want to see or buy? If they want mementos, where would you send them?
A: For mementos, I always send my guests to Chelsea Market Baskets. It carries tons of local products made in Brooklyn or around the city. There’s also a nice assortment of souvenirs and many things for kids, too.
Q: What are some must-see holiday windows?
A: It’s always so exciting to see what concept and direction the designers take. Henri Bendel was a favorite of mine last year, so I will certainly head over to see that again. Other than that, the classic windows for me to see each year are at Bergdorf Goodman, Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Q: What are three must-attend holiday events in December?
A: I am a huge fan of the Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. All the models of NYC landmarks are entirely made out of plant-based materials. It’s super easy for a guest to take the train from Grand Central Terminal to the attraction. Ingrid Michaelson’s Holiday Hop concert is always on my must-see list. I’m also excited about Rufus and Martha Wainwright’s Nöel Nights at Town Hall.
Q: Where would you send guests for a festive dinner?
Q: What holiday things are happening at or near the High Line?
A: The High Line is such a beautiful landscape under the snow! And below the High Line, the holidays are in full swing at The Standard. We have a pop-up ice-skating rink: It’s a perfect setup, with a little hot beverage stand and sweets. I always spend lots of time out there, trying to master the ice on my break.
Q: Are there any street fairs or off-the-beaten-path stores visitors should check out?
A: The Union Square Holiday Market is always an amazing street fair to attend. There are so many incredible vendors, and it’s always such a festive shopping experience. One place I have recently stumbled upon is The Market NYC in Greenwich Village. While there, visitors can find vintage clothes and bags, unique jewelry, paintings, lamps, handmade soap or they can just roam around and watch local artisans at work!