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Window Watching in NYC!



That means it’s time to window shop watch, here in the city! 

New York City’s stores are recognized for their spectacular window displays and decorations. Here are a few that are worth taking a look at if you are in the area!

1. Macy’s (Nov. 20th – Jan. 4th) – Macy’s is dedicating its window displays this year to Charles Schultz’s cartoon creations. Each of the store’s six Broadway-facing windows hosts a display depicting the holiday adventures of the Peanuts crew.

2. Saks Fifth Ave (Nov. 23rd – Jan. 4th) – Saks is filling its windows with wintery versions of some of the world’s greatest natural and man-made wonders. On top of that, they transformed the entire front of the store into a winter palace complete with crystal spires and a light show involving more than 225,000 illuminated elements!

3. Bergdorf Goodman (Nov. 17th – Jan. 4th) – Bling bling! Swarovski studded this year in honor of the crystal maker’s 120th anniversary. More than 7 million Swarovskis were used to create the display, with each window presenting a different crystalline theme: a prismatic cave, bedazzled suits of armor and life-size lions and a birthday ballroom with every cake and gift coated in crystals.


Holiday Markets

With the holiday season in full swing, don’t just head to your regular Macy’s or Shops at Columbus Circle.  There are SO many opportunities to get unique gifts that your friends and family will love that you can’t find walking down 34th St.  I’m here to provide you with a list of some of the best markets and stores for gifts in the city!

  • Union Square Holiday Market
    • Unique gifts from individual vendors at this outdoor market
    • Location: Union Square Park
    • Now – December 24th
    • Weekday hours 11am – 8pm
    • Saturdays from 10am – 8pm
    • Sundays from 11am – 7pm
  • Columbus Circle Holiday Market
    • Similar to Union Square Holiday Market
    • Location: West 59th St & Central Park West
    • December 1st – December 24th
    • Monday through Saturday from 10am – 8pm
    • Sunday from 10am – 7pm
    • This store has a point of view like a magazine, changes like a gallery, and sells things like a store.  The current “story” is Home for the Holidays featuring extraordinary gifts perfect for everyone on your list
    • 144 10th Ave (19th St)
    • Now – End date TBD
    • Sunday-Monday: 11am – 7pm
    • Tuesday-Wednesday: 11am – 8:00pm
    • Thursday: 11am – 9pm
    • Friday-Saturday:11am – 8pm
  • Chelsea Market/Artists & Fleas
    • Always a crowd favorite, the permanent Chelsea Market never disappoints.  Stop into Artists & Fleas that features artists and shops that are uniquely New York.  The main part of Chelsea Market is not to be forgotten.  From grabbing a crepe for yourself at Bar Suzette to giving gourmet nuts from Nut Box, Chelsea Market has it all.
    • 75 9th Ave (15/16th St)
    • Chelsea Market Hours:
      • Monday – Saturday: 7am – 9pm
      • Sunday: 8am – 8pm
    • Artists & Fleas Hours:
      • Mon – Sat 10am – 9pm
      • Sun 10am – 8pm
  • Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg
    • If an indoor market in Brooklyn sounds appealing, Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg is the way to go.  Featuring 120 vendors and 60 food vendors, you could be there for hours!
    • 241 37th St, Brooklyn
    • Now – March 30th, 2016
    • Weekends 10am-6pm

Happy holiday shopping!



In the tragic event all over the news we all know what recently happened in Paris. Paris is in a state of emergency amid a deadly shooting, hostage situation and scary explosion that has left at least 127 dead.It has confirmed by France that this is an act of terrorism, as multiple shocking tragedies took place on Nov. 13. Several people were dead and wounded after a shooting at a restaurant in central Paris, and around the same time, an explosion allegedly occurred, which disrupted a soccer match between France and Germany. A second shooting took place at Paris Bataclan concert hall, where more than 100 were held hostage and a shootout took place between police and a target on the roof.


At this time in our community I send my prayers out to everyone, students, faculty, loved ones, family, friends. Regardless what your beliefs are I ask you all who are reading this to keep all these people in your thoughts and prayers. For those suffering at this time FIT has a lot of different services to help you, and many councilors for you to speak to.

My love and prayers go out to you all,


Supporting FIT Students

With the semester in high gear as we finish up the last couple of weeks, there are many exhibitions, displays, and events taking place across many of the art and design majors.  Being a junior photography major, I am a part of the BFA Photo Exhibit titled, “Lines of Sight.”  The show displays some of our work from the semester.  The opening reception is on Wednesday, November 18th from 6-8 pm in the lobby of the Feldman Center.  The work is up until December 11th.  Our entire semester as photography students have revolved around this show so any support is greatly appreciated!  More information is below!

If you are reading this as a prospective student, I highly recommend coming to see student work.  It is a great source of inspiration as well as a chance to see what you could be creating and doing as a student at FIT!  Supporting other students as a student is incredibly important.  We are all trying to make it in this industry and as cheesy as it sounds, we can’t always be comparing ourselves to the next person or be in constant competition with one another.  At the end of the day, a fellow student could be hiring you for a job or you could be hiring someone else.  There are so many different lines of work within each major and you never know where you’ll end up.  So with that, be kind, support one another, and focus on your goals.

BFA Photography Show

BFA Photography Show


UrbanSpace Vanderbilt

Today, I finally headed over to the brand new UrbanSpace Vanderbilt located at East 45th St and Vanderbilt Avenue.  UrbanSpace Vanderbilt is a permanent food hall with all your favorite restaurants that you usually see at the temporary food events from UrbanSpace Madison Sq. Eats and Broadway Bites.  It is conveniently located right near Grand Central which is perfect for all of you Metro North commuters!  The open space and abundance of options is perfect for a casual date spot, lunch or dinner on the go, or a nice place to unwind with some grub.

Some of the vendors include the classic New York City food icons such as Dough, Roberta’s, Ovenly, Sigmunds, and my favorite, Two Tablespoons.  The endless options and menu items are perfect for picky eaters.  UrbanSpace Vanderbilt is one of the first markets of its kind to give you so much variety in a condensed space.  The vastness of markets like Chelsea Market can be overwhelming, with each store having their own seating and “store.”  With UrbanSpace Vanderbilt, you get the feel of each individual vendor within a small market.  If you would like to check out more information, visit in person or check out http://urbanspacevanderbilt.com/.