We stayed in a hotel in Brooklyn and enjoyed having some time to walk around. When I am there for Renegade I never seem to have a minute to explore!
On Saturday morning we went to the Dekalb Market. It is lots of little shops in rehabbed shipping containers. Plus there were venders selling under canopies and fantastic coffee. Then we headed onto the Subway and over to Manhattan. Next stop, ABC Carpet and Home. How is it that I have never been here before! It is one of those stores where the selections and displays are so exciting and inspiring that it is like a design museum. Next, John Derian, another fun, inspiring, and very crowded, shop. Clearly I wasn’t doing a very good job on the photo-documentation of the first part of the day.
At this point we needed a sit down break. We headed for City Bakery for hot chocolate and a yummy treat that I think they call a Bakers Muffin- sort of a muffin version of bread pudding but crunchy on top. Delish! And, a confession, both Ben and I removed the giant homemade marshmallow from our cups after a few tastes. It was just too much.
We headed uptown to join the crowds admiring the Christmas windows. In our typical way, before we went we googled to get a map of all the good displays. There is something very exciting about being in a crowd of cheerful people, all enjoying themselves. The highlights (ie the ones I took pictures of)-
Barneys– there was some kind of Lady Gaga connection but frankly I don’t really care about any back story. The windows were amazing! This is a room all decorated/ made of hair!
Next, Bergdorf Goodman.Â They seemed to have a taxidermy thing going on. Some of the windows were small-
yep, that is a squirrel on a bike-
and some of them were big. These bird heads were on human size mannequin bodies.
I was intrigued by the fabric that this gown was made of- little strips if blue fabric sewed onto white netting.
These are Bergdorf’s too, although the theme changed. These windows are materials based. Everything in this one was wood-
This one, glass. The fish are mosaic and the dress is beads.
And now, back to taxidermy. Little mice on purses. This one made me laugh- it is that mouse in the tutu that did it.
This one, all metal.
The next store had theater scenes of cut paper.
And we later saw a giant version when we were on the bus heading downtown. I love the silhouette look in a window.
Tomorrow I will show you the few little things I bought. I can’t remember when the last time I was in New York at Christmas time but it has been a while. I’m so glad we went!