If you’re in Manhattan during the Christmas season there’s a good chance that you’re visiting Rockefeller Center to see the amazing Christmas and accompanying skating rink or you plan to make a stop at Radio City Music Hall. The problem with this is that every other person is trying to do and see the same things. Not only do you feel like you’re in a can of sardines, albeit a sparkly and festive one, it could take up to fifteen minutes to cross the street by the time your turn comes up. There’s a better way to spend your Christmas if you’re in Manhattan.
There are lots of fun and exciting things to do and see within walking distance from Rockefeller Center. It’s just a matter of finding them in the crowds.
Located just steps away from that famous tree is a place called Anthropologie (50 Rockefeller Plaza). Once you’re done taking in the spectacular window display of enormous whimsical snowballs you can duck inside and find an assortment of casual, trendy clothes including cozy warm sweaters that would make a great Christmas present for someone.
Just a few blocks north of this shop is the Museum of Modern Art Design Store. Here you can pick up a few more things and check them off of your Christmas shopping list. Located between Fifth and Sixth avenues, there’s a fabulous selection of apparel, gifts and everyday items that have all been reinterpreted with an urbane approach.
The farther up Fifth Avenue you go the more expensive the shops get, but it’s still fun to walk along and people-watch even if you can’t afford to stop in at Harry Winston, the world-famous jeweler, or Henri Bendel which carries only the best of the best of accessories for Manhattan’s finest dressed women.
There’s also the Apple Store located on 59th and fifth Avenue with a really neat capsule elevator and a grand spiral staircase. Don’t forget to stop in at the famous FAO Schwarz toy store while you’re in the area. Take a load off your feet at any one of the café’s you’ll travel by, and enjoy some of the best cuisine in beverage you’ve ever had.
"It's easy to get distracted by things you want for yourself when you're shopping for gifts, which is why midtown Manhattan is a great place to tackle your list," said Elise Loehnen, editor-at-large for Lucky Magazine. "It's so rife with holiday spirit that it's impossible to get off track."
It’s true that the view from the Top of the Rock observation deck at 30 Rockefeller Plaza is breathtaking, but don’t forget that there’s a lot more to this wonderful city as well.