Selected Events (12/19) + Holiday Windows in NYCity 2014

Today’s “FAB 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2014.
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

The New York Pops, ‘Home for the Holidays’  SpecialEvent/ Holiday Music

“AN IRISH CHRISTMAS” – SpecialEvent/ Holiday Music 

Michael Feinstein,‘Happy Holidays: Swinging with the Big Band’  – Cabaret

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum – SmartStuff/ Museum

Bob Seger  – Pop/Rock

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
♦ “9 Notable Events-Dec.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦  For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.


The New York Pops, ‘Home for the Holidays’ (also Saturday)
“The big attraction in this year’s edition of the long-running New York Pops Annual Christmas concert is the reunion of the “The Light in the Piazza” romantic couple, Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Morrison. In addition to the expected holiday favorites (“Carol of the Bells” etc.), we’ll be disappointed if they don’t treat us to “Passeggiata” or some of the other beloved numbers from Adam Guettel’s rapturous score. As a bonus event, for all the Christmas elves in your life, the Pops are doing a special family concert on Saturday afternoon based on the story and songs of “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.” (WSJ)
Carnegie Hall, Isaac Stern Auditorium, 57th St. & Seventh Ave.
(212) 247-7800

“AN IRISH CHRISTMAS” (through Dec.21.)
“The singer, banjoist, and mandolinist Mick Moloney came up in the Dublin folk scene of the nineteen-sixties, then moved to Philadelphia, earning a Ph.D. in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. He also founded the Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra, based at N.Y.U.

With the fiddler Athena Tergis, the klezmer singer Tamar Korn, the Filipino vocalist Grace Nono, and plenty of help from the local community of musicians and scholars, he’ll be presiding over four evenings of songs, stories, lore, and laughs, presented by the Irish Arts Center.” (NewYorker)
Symphony Space, Broadway at 95th St.

Michael Feinstein,‘Happy Holidays: Swinging with the Big Band’
(through Saturday, Dec 27)
“Mr. Feinstein’s second holiday residency at Birdland (in anticipation of the new venue, he’s opening next year in partnership with the storied jazz landmark) is an endlessly entertaining study in emotional extremes of the season, from the sublimely swinging (like the opening instrumental, Glenn Miller’s “Bugle Call Rag” and the encore, the “White Christmas” favorite, “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing”) to the suicidally despondent (like Johnny Meyers’s heartbreaker “After the Holidays”).

Such polarized musical manic depression can only mean one thing: that Mr. Feinstein is mentally preparing himself for the Frank Sinatra centennial, as he further indicates with a twist on the classic Neal Hefti-Count Basie chart of “I Won’t Dance” and underscores with an exuberant, ambitious Sinatra medley at the climax.” (WSJ)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St.
(212) 581-3080

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
“After three years of renovations, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum — the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to design — has finally reopened. The museum’s home, the Carnegie Mansion, located on New York City’s Museum Mile, was home to steel baron Andrew Carnegie and his family. Post-renovations, the Cooper Hewitt now has 60 percent more gallery space and offers an entirely new visitor experience using interactive and immersive creative technologies. Opening exhibitions include “Tools: Extending Our Reach,” a look at 1.85 million years of tool use and design, and “Beautiful Users” an introduction to one of the fundamental changes in design thinking over the past half-century.” (
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 E. 91st St. (btw 5th and Madison Avenues) / 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. / $16/$18,

“Less bombastic than Bruce Springsteen (initially), without the commercial concessions of Tom Petty (for a time), but as talented as either one of them, both onstage and in the studio, Seger started out as the embodiment of Detroit rock and roll, a raw-voiced garage rocker in the tradition of Mitch Ryder. Over the course of his career, Seger evolved into an arena-rock giant who traded in some of his rock-and-roll power for the sweeping reach of epics like “Night Moves” and “Against the Wind.”

Seger semi-retired after his 1995 album, “It’s a Mystery,” but there have been recent signs of life, with the release of “Face the Promise,” in 2006, and “Ride Out,” in October. The latter is a fully realized late-career Bob Seger album, with spirited covers (Steve Earle’s “The Devil’s Right Hand”), more perfunctory covers (John Hiatt’s “Detroit Made”), and a clutch of originals that range from the well-made to the maudlin.” (NewYorker)
Madison Square Garden, Seventh Ave. at 33rd St.

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity (pop. 8.4 million) had 54 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.

Holiday Windows in New York City 2014

Do me a favor, arrange your day so that you check out these windows after dark when the window displays are illuminated. They are so much more impressive at night.

Barneys holiday windows
This year, the Madison Avenue shop incorporates video, light installations and more forward-thinking concepts into its holiday displays. The theme is “A New York Holiday,” and elements include an interactive scene with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a “floating city” created with 3-D mapping and light projections.
Barneys New York 660 Madison Ave, at 61st St.
Thu Dec 4 – Wed Dec 31

Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows
Bergdorf Goodman was inspired by ice this year: The shop’s holiday windows all present variations on the theme “Holidays on Ice,” with displays devoted to Halloween (with a masquerade party), Valentine’s Day and even Arbor Day. (Ice-skating trees? One can hope.)
Bergdorf Goodman 754 Fifth Ave, at 58th St.
Until Wed Jan 7

Bloomingdale’s holiday windows
This year’s holiday windows at Bloomie’s puts the famous brown shopping bags into different shopping scenes around the world—everywhere from China and France to Great Britain and Italy (and, of course, Bloomingdale’s right here in New York City).
Bloomingdale’s 1000 Third Ave, at 59th St,
Thu Dec 4 – Wed Dec 31

Henri Bendel holiday windows
Henri Bendel has partnered with the estate of Al Hirschfeld to create window displays inspired by the celebrated cartoonist’s work. In one window, you’ll see 3-D depictions of celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker, Liza Minnelli and Woody Allen; in the store itself, Bendel’s giant tree becomes a playhouse for a model of Charlie Chaplin.
Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Ave, at 56th St.
Wed Dec 3 – Wed Dec 31

Lord & Taylor holiday windows
Children from NYC schools and Women in Need shelters were asked to create drawings based on the theme “What Is Christmas Made Of?” Those works, 125 of which are featured here, inspired the scenes in this year’s display.
Lord & Taylor 424 Fifth Ave, between 38th and 39th Sts.
Thu Dec 4 – Thu Jan 1

Macy’s holiday windows
Boasting a “Dream…and Believe” theme, Macy’s 2013 holiday windows depict a young boy’s journey through a magical dreamland. The six windows on the Broadway side of the store—Dream, Giving & Sharing, Joy, Beauty, Magic and Believe—use technology and LED lights to tell the story. Visiting families can also view the classic “Yes, Virginia…” windows on the 34th street side of the store.
Macy’s Herald Square 151 W 34th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves.
Wed Dec 10 – Wed Dec 31

Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows
This year, Saks debuted a new Snowflake Spectacular, a 3-D light show that plays out across the department store’s exterior each evening. The dazzling display is just one element of the shop’s holiday celebration: Window displays tell the story of the Saks Yeti, and also include an interactive window where visitors can display their own Yeti name (visit for more details).
Saks Fifth Avenue 611 Fifth Ave, at 49th St.
Thu Dec 4 – Wed Dec 31

Tiffany & Co. holiday windows
Behind the windows into which Holly Golightly once gazed so admiringly, Tiffany’s conjures an image of a yuppie wintertime fantasia: the Upper East Side on Christmas Eve. The miniature brownstone scenes are replete with tiny chandeliers and garlands, and those well-known baby-blue boxes are strewn beneath the trees.
Tiffany & Co. 727 Fifth Ave, between 56th and 57th Sts.
Thu Dec 4 – Wed Dec 31

This comprehensive description and much more useful holiday info, including a holiday windows slide show, can be found at TONY magazine’s Christmas in NewYork Guide.

For more holiday windows photos, try the slideshows at the NYT and Refinery 29.

For “The Definitive Guide to New York City’s 2014 Holiday Window Displays” try the NewYorkObserver

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