One of the best ways to see New York in all its over-the-top, commerce-driven glory? This December, check out the city’s best window displays. Walking up and down Fifth Avenue is a delight for New Yorkers and tourists alike. Do it right and it’s more art appreciation than gawking, more cheery than cheesy.
Advance warning: you might start salivating at Saks Fifth Avenue, where the “Land of 1000 Delights”–themed windows include lollipops, whipped cotton candy, and mounds of rock candy amid the fashion. A ten-story tall light show also plays from 5 until 11pm every ten minutes until January 2. Barneys New York, which often collaborates with major fine artists, again gives the public a high-culture experience with a little low mixed in. (Trey Parker and Matt Stone of Comedy Central’s South Park are also involved in this year’s displays.) Check out the work of Rob Pruitt, Nick Cave, and Ebony G. Patterson, who all have broad, colorful practices. While you’re sharing images of the windows on social media, be sure to use the hashtag #LovePeaceJoyProject: Barneys New York Foundation will donate $5 per photograph to great causes. Easiest charity move ever.
Saks Fifth Avenue: 611 5th Avenue
Macy’s: 151 West 34th Street
Barneys: 660 Madison Avenue
Bloomingdale’s: 1000 3rd Avenue
Lord & Taylor: 424 5th Avenue
Tiffany & Co.: 727 5th Avenue
Bergdorf Goodman: 754 5th Avenue
Henri Bendel: 712 5th Avenue