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MANHATTAN STREET FAIRS - STREET FESTIVALS IN MANHATTAN NYC | manhattan street fairs nyc street festivals upper east side nyc street fairs midtown street fairs west village east village street fairs upper west side nyc street fairs manhattan soho street fairs bowery street fairs tribeca street fairs manhattan nyc
MANHATTAN STREET FAIRS - STREET FESTIVALS IN MANHATTAN NYC

Manhattan Street Fairs 2019 - In NYC

Manhattan Street Fairs 2019 - UES, UWS, Midtown, West & East Village, LES, SoHo, Tribeca, Chelsea

November 2, 2019 / Manhattan Neighborhoods / Manhattan Shopping / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

This is one of THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE MANHATTAN STREET FAIRS including DATES, FOTOS & maps of most of the Manhattan Street Fairs and Festivals in the NYC neighborhoods of the Upper East Side UES, the Upper West Side UWS, Midtown NYC, East Village NYC, West Village NYC, Chelsea and more.

Click here to view our report, including links to maps, of Manhattan Street Fairs & Festivals 2019.



Manhattan Holiday Markets - Kwanzaa, Hanukkah & Christmas Holiday Markets in Manhattan NYC | manhattan holiday markets nyc christmas hanukkah kwanzaa holiday markets manhattan upper east side UES upper west side uws midtown soho tribeca harlem inwood washington heights holiday markets xmas markets bowery manhattan nyc
Manhattan Holiday Markets - Kwanzaa, Hanukkah & Christmas Holiday Markets in Manhattan NYC

Manhattan Holiday Markets - Manhattan NYC

Christmas Markets, Hanukkah Markets, Kwanzaa Markets & Outdoor Holiday Markets - Holiday Shopping in Manhattan NYC

December 8, 2019  / Upper East Side UES / Upper West Side UWS / Midtown NYC / East Village & West Village / Tribeca SoHo Bowery / Holiday Events & Holiday Markets - Kwanzaa, Hanukkah & Christmas Holidays in Manhattan / Holiday Shopping Manhattan / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

 

Holiday outdoor markets have been on the rise in Manhattan since the dawn of the 21st century. While some date back many years, some are relatively new.

Shopping at holiday markets alone, with friends, or with the kids gives folks a chance to enjoy the fruits of their labor and satisfy some of their yearnings and some of the yearnings of those we love.

Each of the Manhattan holiday markets is a bit different, as some are organized by community groups and others by business organizations. Oftentimes one can find artisanal products that are made in NYC or NYS.

 

Manhattan Holiday Markets Getting Underway

The Manhattan holiday markets get underway shortly after Halloween, with some coming opening up about the time of Thanksgiving. The Manhattan holiday markets are located in or near the following Manhattan neighborhoods - the Upper East Side UES, the Upper West Side UWS, Midtown NYC, the East Village, the West Village, the Bowery, SoHo, Tribeca, Lower East Side, Harlem, Inwood and Washington Heights. Many either include the serving of some beverage like hot chocolate and generally snacks like cookies - or are near food vendors and restaurants.

Click here for our report about the Xmas / Christmas / Hanukkah / Kwanzaa Holiday markets in Manhattan & Holiday shopping Manhattan NYC.



Shopping the Lord & Taylor Department Store Midtown Manhattan 5th Avenue | lord & taylor photos shopping 5th avenue midtown manhattan holiday shopping nyc lord & taylor before closing floors in dec 2017
Shopping the Lord & Taylor Department Store Midtown Manhattan 5th Avenue

Shopping the Lord & Taylor Department Store NYC

Lord & Taylor is Consolidating its Ten Floors into Four in 2018

December 11, 2017 / Midtown Manhattan Neighborhood / Manhattan Shops & Shopping / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

I recently heard that Lord & Taylor is consolidating its ten floors of department store space, into three or four, following the Christmas shopping season [mid January]. As a longtime customer, who has once enjoyed shopping recreationally, I decided to return for one last journey through the land of Oz … because certainly after Lord & Taylor consolidates its floors, the look and feel of a once great department store … will not be the same.

For better or worse, over the past couple decades, we have all witnessed the relentless onslaught of the big box and online retailers pummeling what was once called traditional retail. Traditional retail as we once knew it, began more or less in tandem with the 20th century, and New York City was, and still is, one of the great retail hubs.

Short History of Large Manhattan Department Stores 1902 - 1924

manhattan shopping lord & taylor photos midtown holiday shopping 5th avenue nycMacy’s at Herald Square. In 1902 the R.H. Macy Company had led retailers’ march uptown, to what is now Midtown, when they erected their first store at Herald Square at 34th Street and Broadway. Eventually this flagship Macy’s store expanded to encompass the entire block along the north side of 34th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue. The Macy’s building was landmarked in 1978.

Lord & Taylor on 5th Avenue. A bit more than a decade later the Lord & Taylor building was erected in 1914 [began one year earlier] at 38th and 5th Avenue. The building was designed by architects Starret & van Vleck – and from the start – was a venerable landmark. The Lord & Taylor building was officially landmarked in 2007. Architects of the building, Starret van Vleck, were also the architects of a number of other notable flagship department stores of the time, which according to Wikipedia includes Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales and Alexanders [was across 59th Street from Bloomingdales].

Saks Fifth Avenue. Saks Fifth Avenue, which was owned by Gimbels, erected its flagship store a decade later in 1924. The Saks store encompassed an entire block along 5th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets, just south of St Patrick’s Cathedral, and across from the site that would eventually become Rockefeller Center. Rockefeller Center was erected in 1934.

Bergdorf Goodman. And in 1928 Bergdorf Goodman erected and opened a five-story department store much further north along Fifth Avenue at 58th Street, on the site previously occupied by the Cornelius Vanderbilt Mansion. During the Great Depression Vanderbilt purchased adjacent lots on the rest of the block, which he used to expand the store.



Cigar Stores in Manhattan: Davidoff

Midtown Cigar Lounge with Fine Selection & Ambiance

August 15, 2017 / Midtown Manhattan Neighborhoods / Shopping Manhattan Midtown / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

Earlier this year I had an opportunity to take a break at the Davidoff Cigar store located in Midtown Manhattan. I have visited the store on several prior occasions, stopping in for a quick take out order of a fresh cigar or two. But on this day I had a bit of time available, so I decided to reward myself with an 'eat-in' cigar.

 

Davidoff Cigar Store - Men's Gift Stores in Manhattan

cigar stores manhattan gift shops mens shops midtown manhattan nycI like entering the Davidoff store. It's a tightly appointed men's store, complete with more than a full range of sizes and strengths of cigars. They also offer all of the accessories one might need to properly care for and to assist in the consumption of cigars, meaning humidors and ash trays and lighters and the like. They also offer other men's accessories like wallets and brief cases that match the quality branding of their cigars.

 

Inside the humidified cigar room I began browsing the selection. While looking through the cases, I started conversing with another customer who recommended a Dominican made cigar he favors. I was in a receptive mood to try something different, so I bought a regular sized, medium bodied, lighter tobacco cigar, which cost in the neighborhood of $8 - $12 [can't remember the price or name right now] and headed into the smoking lounge to enjoy my purchase.

 

Cigar Lounges in Manhattan: Davidoff Cigars

cigar stores manhattan cigar loungers midtown manhattan nycThe smoking lounge is at street level on 6th Avenue between 56th and 57th streets. As it was a quiet Saturday on a cool spring day, the pedestrian traffic was fairly light. During the weekdays and holidays it's bustling. The mood of the room reflected the calmness outside, as there were about a half dozen men, ranging in age from about the mid thirties to mid sixties, sat reading the paper, conversing or quietly staring into space contemplating a business deal, a family issue or the universe.

 

I spent the better part of an hour talking to the guy who'd recommended my cigar. We covered the family and kids, the job and what's doing in the world, both here and abroad. It was a pleasant conversation and I left the Davidoff store on 6th Avenue just south of 57th Street feeling pretty good about things and planning to make a return visit in the not-too-distant future.


Upper East Side Shops & UES Shopping Manhattan NYC | shops and shopping upper east side nyc shops madison ave shopping manhattan nyc
Upper East Side Shops & UES Shopping Manhattan NYC

UES Upper East Side Shops & Shopping

December 2017 / Upper East Side Neighborhood / Manhattan Shops & Shopping / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

The Upper East Side of Manhattan in NYC has some of the finest shopping street in NYC, including Madison Avenue and Lexington Avenue. This section contains maps, a shopping center that links to many advertiser home pages and stories about what you'll find in some of the Upper East Side unique and exclusive stores.

Click here to enter the Upper East Side Shops & Shopping UES section of the site.



Farmers Markets & Street Fairs in Manhattan

manhattan street fairs April 4, 2017 / Manhattan Farmers Markets / Manhattan Street Fairs / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

Many Manhattan farmers markets are open year round, but there are also a number of them that are seasonal. Some of the seasonal Manhattan farmers markets begin opening in the Spring, with the rest of them opening no later than the first couple of weeks in July. Click here to view the schedules of many of the farmers markets in Manhattan.

Manhattan street fairs are entirely seasonal, with some of them hitting the streets as early as March. Manhattan street fairs rise markedly during the spring and lighten up during the dog days of summer [July / August], returning in the fall. By the end of November the Manhattan street fairs go on hiatus, with a few returning as early as March, increasing in April and coming enmasses begining in May. Click here to view a full schedule of Manhattan street fairs.


Manhattan NYC - Specialty Food & Wine Shops | manhattan specialty food shops wine shops manhattan nyc
Manhattan NYC - Specialty Food & Wine Shops

Manhattan NYC - Specialty Food & Wine Shops

April 2019 / Food Stores & Wine Shops In Manhattan / Manhattan Buzz NYC

This section contains stories done of some of the specialty food & wine shops in Manhattan & NYC

Click here to enter the Specialty Food Stores & Wine Shops in Manhattan & NYC section of the site.




Mens Suits & Clothing Stores - Near Manhattan NYC | mens clothing stores nyc manhattan mens clothing mens suits nyc upper east side midtown manhattan nyc
Mens Suits & Clothing Stores - Near Manhattan NYC

Manhattan Men's Clothing For All Seasons

Men's Fashions In NYC - A Short Subway Ride From Midtown Manhattan & The Upper East Side NYC

Shopping Manhattan / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

I recently stopped in to visit Frank Adhami the owner and manager of Esquire Men's Clothing Store to get the buzz on what’s happening in men’s designer clothing for the summer and fall. 

Frank and Esquire have been selling men’s designer clothing on Steinway Street in Astoria dating back to 1982.  Esquire started carrying the Canali brand of men’s suits as early as 1984, when the Canali brand was just making inroads into the American market.  And Esquire has introduced many other European designers into the Astoria, Queens market since then, such as Hugo Boss in 1990, Versace in 1994 and Burberry in 2003.

Click here to read the rest of our report on shopping for men's clothing in NYC near Midtown Manhattan & the Upper East Side.



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Midtown Shops & Shopping Manhattan NYC

Midtown Shops & Shopping

December 2017 / Midtown Neighborhood / Shopping Manhattan Shops / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

The Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan in NYC has some of the finest shopping street in NYC, including Madison Avenue, Fifth Avenue and Lexington Avenue. This section contains maps, a shopping center that links to many advertiser home pages and stories about what you'll find in some of the Midtown unique and exclusive stores.

Click here to enter the Midtown Shops and Shopping section of the site.



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Manhattan Holiday Shopping & Holiday Sales On The Upper East Side UES & Manhattan NYC

Holiday Sales Upper East Side & Manhattan

Upper East Side Shops & Shopping - Unique Shops & Store Holiday Sales UES & Manhattan

Updated May 2017 / Upper East Side Neighborhood / Shopping Upper East Side / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

The hallowed Black Friday has passed as we have assembled this outline of unique shops and shopping along the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

One of the great joys of visiting NYC is its breadth and depth of shopping venues. One can find inexpensive authentic ethnic cuisine and imported goods from around the world in the outer boroughs like Queens, and the world's finest haute cuisine, fashion, art and furniture in Manhattan. This report will focus on the options for Manhattan shopping on the Upper East Side UES in NYC, but also includes shopping venues on the Upper West Side, Midtown and the East Village.

First, let me say that this is not intended to be a comprehensive guide, but rather an introduction to a number of shops I have visited over the years and found to be either a bit unique and / or staffed by someone who's knowledgeable or personable.

Click here for a report, including photos, descriptions, maps and contact links for shopping the Upper East Side UES of Manhattan, as well as shopping holiday sales on the Upper West Side UWS, Midtown NYC, the East Village & Bowery shops.



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Winter Antiques Show NYC

The Winter Antiques Show NYC

A Fascinating World Of Cultural Collectibles

January / Upper East Side UES Neighborhood / Manhattan History / Art in Manhattan / Manhattan Buzz.

I attended the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory on the Upper East Side [UES]. It was my first visit, although I had walked past it over the course of many Winters, on my way home from work. Little did I know what pleasant surprises awaited.

It didn’t take me long to figure out that the name - Winter Antiques Show - is as old as some of the items on display and is in much need of an update. At the show I found a fascinating world of cultural collectibles – many of which dated back a century or more - but also many of which were from the 20th century. The cut off for exhibited pieces is 1969.

 

For most of us furniture is what first comes to mind when one hears the word antique, but this was nothing like the Antiques Road Show. It encompassed a much broader selection of winter antiques show nycthings. I would soon encounter specialists in the fields of rare books, Venetian glass, impressionist paintings, Chinese porcelains, European jewelry, French furniture and early American and British photography.

Within these categories I would found treasures that included an original book authored by Benjamin Franklin, early Venini glass, a couple of William Merritt Chase paintings [the Chase school of art was the predecessor of the Parsons School of Design], porcelains from the Ming Dynasty, early Cartier jewelry and photos of a young Senator Kennedy and a defiant Winston Churchill signed by the photographers who took them.

Click here to read the rest of our story about the Winter Antiques Show NYC at the Park Avenue Amory on the Upper East Side. The story includes a photo slide show of many of the rare antiquities and objets d’arte.



Bastille Day On The Upper East Side NYC

Alliance Francais Hosts Three Block Street Party

east side neighborhood nycJuly 14, 2014 / East Side Neighborhood NYC / Manhattan Restaurants / Manhattan Buzz.

I was feeling very revolutionary Sunday afternoon as I made my way to the Bastille Day Street Festival hosted by the Alliance Francais on 60th Street. They were hosting a [long] three block party that stretched from Central Park souteast at Fifth Avenue across Madison and Park to Lexington Avenue from 12 noon until 5 pm.

It had rained a bit that day which probably worked to the street farers' advantage as, while it was crowded, it was also very easy to move around and not so hot that one was 'glistening' throughout the afternoon.

The 60th Street blocks contain a number of fancy establishments, including the quiet, but well known, Metropolitan Club of which J. Pierrepont Morgan was once a member.

The vendors offered a variety of food, beverages, travel opportunities to places like Monaco and the French islands of Martinique, along with wine, cheeses, spices, some clothing, soaps, perfumes, jewelry and art. I think one of the things that separates this street fair from many others is that it generally stuck to the theme of all things French and hence had the effect of leaving me walk away with a little bit of feeling like I had taken a time-warp trip to Paris and back in the course of the afternoon.

Au revoir mon ami. Je voudrais voir vous bientot. A slide show with photos will follow later this summer.


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MANHATTAN STREET FAIRS - STREET FESTIVALS IN MANHATTAN NYC

Manhattan Street Fairs 2019 - In NYC

Manhattan Street Fairs 2019 - UES, UWS, Midtown, West & East Village, LES, SoHo, Tribeca, Chelsea

November 2, 2019 / Manhattan Neighborhoods / Manhattan Shopping / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

This is one of THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE MANHATTAN STREET FAIRS including DATES, FOTOS & maps of most of the Manhattan Street Fairs and Festivals in the NYC neighborhoods of the Upper East Side UES, the Upper West Side UWS, Midtown NYC, East Village NYC, West Village NYC, Chelsea and more.

Click here to view our report, including links to maps, of Manhattan Street Fairs & Festivals 2019.



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Manhattan Farmers Markets / Green Markets - Manhattan NYC

Manhattan Farmers Markets 2020

Upper East Side, Midtown Manhattan, West Side NYC, West & East Village & Chelsea Farmers Markets Manhattan

May 5, 2020 / Manhattan Neighborhoods / Manhattan Farmers Markets / Manhattan Buzz NYC.  

View the HOURS, MAPS, ITEMS / SELECTION of the 22 BEST & most centrally located Farmers Markets / Green Markets in Manhattan, w/ savvy shoppers' tips. This report includes the Midtown, Upper East Side NYC, Upper West Side NYC, West & East Village, SoHo, Tribeca, Harlem, Morningside and Chelsea farmers markets.

Click here for dates, times, locations of the Manhattan Farmers Markets - Manhattan NYC.



Great Wine Stores in NYC - Morton Williams Wine & Spirits near Gramercy Park

For Food & Wine, Morton Williams Supermarkets and Morton Williams Wine & Spirits provide a modern organic, natural and standard food shopping experience and the wine store provides a nice selection of wines from around the world.  They’re located at 313 East 23rd Street.


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Holiday Shopping Season In Full Swing

November 2015 / Shopping In Midtown Manhattan / Manhattan Buzz.

The holidays are nearly here. The cooler weather has put a bit of spring back into folks steps. The local merchants and small businesses tell us that this month the holiday shopping begins in earnest leading up to the Thanksgiving / Black Friday Weekend.

Click here for New Years parties and restaurants in Manhattan. And click here to read about Upper East Side restaurants in NYC.


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