New York during the holidays is not that idyllic. There’s the awful weather, horrendous crowds and general lack of Christmas cheer. New Yorkeres need to make it work. From crazy window displays to trees lining the streets, it’s easy to see how desperate we are to inject our days with holiday fun.
From my photos, you might think that our city is covered in wreaths. The little green circles are small enough to dot New York City sized spaces. No room for a tree in your apartment? Buy a wreath!
Our Christmas markets might not have the cute charm of a German market, or even the delightful darkness of a British one, but they do offer some fantastic purchases. Sure, you could get a mediocre cup of non-alcoholic mulled wine, or the same knitted animal hats on sale at every Christmas market worldwide. You could also get a stollen from Momofuku Milk Bar or some locally produced olive oil. Just be sure not to call it a Christmas market. We are in New York after all, it’s a holiday market.
New York might get loads of snow, but it rarely falls at Christmas. The holiday usually invites strange weather, either sun or warmth. It’s been quite balmy recently, as it has been for the past few years. People enjoy walking around in inappropriate shoes and short-sleeves. The ambitious may dare shorts or gym wear.
Yes, New York at the holidays isn’t perfect. The weather isn’t dream-like. The people aren’t full of good cheer. Yet these little imperfections build up to create a fun atmosphere, a fun city. Yeah, I’m looking forward to getting out there and celebrating.
What is your city look like during the holidays?