Holiday shopping is in full swing

Cold yes…but it won’t keep shoppers away.  Today Manhattan…tomorrow…Brooklyn and hopefully before long, all your shopping will be done.

Union Square
Nov. 21 – Dec. 24
M-F, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Union Square Holiday Market takes over the square in late November with more than 150 vendors, with a new “Little Brooklyn” section of the market featuring goods from my neighborhood. You have the flavor of Brooklyn, without having to take the trek.

Bryant Park
Nov. 1 – Jan. 5
M-F, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The park is simply beautiful with treats to eat, and over 125 booths to shop (love the ones for pets). When you are tired of shopping, stop by Celsius for a bite to eat, cocktail and watch the skaters swoosh by.

Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal
Nov. 18 – Dec. 24
Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

They open early and stay open late. As the location that proudly says they receive over 1 million visitors a day, their 76 booths should get lots of attention. You should also check out any of the other shops that grace Grand Central Terminal for their holiday sales (and perhaps, not as crowded).

Columbus Circle
Dec. 3 to Dec. 24
Mon. – Sat, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m, Sun. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This outdoor gift and food market for the last few  years been an amazing place for ‘home-made’ etsy-type gifts. I love the Honey that comes directly from Vermont. This is always a great stop and the people are extremely reasonably priced and friendly. Stop by and say Hi to them…and the hot chocolate – yummy!

DCTV Firehouse, 87 Lafayette Street
Dec. 14, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dec. 15, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Arts vs Craft that is the answer. From find paintings and jewelry to hand knitted scarfs and cookies no matter where you turn there is something wonderful to see or purchase.  At the opening night reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. there will be music and free beer. The next day the first 50 guests get a free tote full of goodies. I see a line forming right now.

1047 Amsterdam Avenue
Dec. 6 -8, $6 weekdays, $7 weekends

Don’t be fooled by the word “Crafts”. At the Cathedral, there are high-end leather, glass and jewelry.  They offer a market where everything is hand-made, one of a kind, and made by North American artisans.


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