Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Holiday Shopping at Bryant Park!

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
Where: Bryant Park (between Fifth and Sixth Aves and 40th and 42nd Sts, theholidayshopsatbryantpark.com)
When: Nov 5–Jan 2. Mon–Fri 11am–8pm, Sat 10am–9pm, Sun 10am–6pm.
Why go: Clustered around the city’s free-admission skating rink, the Pond at Bryant Park, this 120-strong collection of glassed-in shoplets is part of an entire festive microcosm. Warming drinks and snacks—hot apple cider, dumpling soups, candy apples—from an array of food vendors will keep up your stamina.
What to buy: Gift-geared goods—including jewelry, accessories, toys, foodstuffs and household devices—come from around the globe, but many are made right here. Look out for soy wax candles from the Long Island Candle Factory and water and tear resistant origami wallets by Dynomighty. Although some of the wares skirt tourist-craft-shop territory, there are plenty of unusual finds.
Don’t miss: The ice rink aside, if you’ve got tinies in tow, give them a spin on Bryant Park’s lovely little carousel. Designed by defunct Brooklyn-based firm Fabricon, it features a menagerie of animals (kids can ride on a cat, for example) in addition to equine classics.

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