Christmas

Happy Happy From the Fullest Foodie!

Happy Happy From the Fullest Foodie!

Feasting and Festive! It's been a month of great tours for this Fun NYC Foodie! If you missed it this year, I hope to see you in the next! 

HOLIDAYS ARE HERE AGAIN!

HOLIDAYS ARE HERE AGAIN!

Get your holiday grubbing on with Fun Foodie NYC for next to nothing! Happy Thanksgiving and Shopping or whatever you enjoy!

Fall Back!
Get Geared Up for the HOLIDAYS!!!

Fall Back! <br>Get Geared Up for the HOLIDAYS!!!

Looking back on the fall as we get ready to jump into the holidays!

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The Funnest Foodiest Time of Year!

I know that Thanksgiving is considered to be the holy holiday of food. It is a day in which we, Americans, are to sit down with our family and friends and whatever others you've invited to the table and break bread or just consume broken bread in the form of stuffing. There aren't traditionally any gift exchanges going on, but of course the last few years has seen the consumer madness known as Black Friday turn into a whole week-long event that includes our beloved Turkey Day. But I'm not going to rant about that--enough people in the world do, and it's got little to do with the food part of things. Instead I just wanted to say that I'm thankful for this whole season.

Sure, it's a cray time of year--especially for someone who works in the hospitality business. This is the craziest time! But it's also, often the most fun time! Especially in New York City! Thanksgiving was the beginning (or if you're young enough to appreciate a party night, I suppose Thanksgiving Eve was the start for you--but I was busy battling a chest cold to be drinking all night). We have the parade  here, which of course most New Yorkers enjoy just like the rest of the country--from the comfort of their own homes. And then the many drinking establishments that are open to comfort you after you day of family dealings.

And then you hit December, and tonight we start the many festivities that will take us through the Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanza/New Year's season!

Tonight, I'll be trying my best to head down to the Upper West Side for the 15th annual Winter's Eve event! There's always so much to see and do, and I suggest getting there early as the crowds to come and the food will run out! You know if I'm there, there's tasty food on hand, but there's also tons of music, and plenty of festive fun!

Tomorrow, I'll be back in the Lincoln Square area as it is the first day of the Columbus Circle Holiday Market! And as I take my Festive Food & Holiday Fun tour there, I've gotta scout out the best food that the market has to offer!

Course, Wednesday starts the madness of the holiday party season and so I'll be going back and forth between Holiday Tours and Holiday Parties. The Fall tours are now over, except for one this weekend--so if you're interested on checking out the last Fall Tour of 2014, book today there are only 8 slots left! Of course, if you're more into the holiday spirit then you can come along on the holiday tour anytime after tomorrow! 

I hope to see you soon!

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like A Business!

Exciting things are happening at Fun Foodie NYC!! So I'm sorry I haven't had the time to give you a rundown on Foodie activities each week as I wish I could, but if things keep moving at this pace, perhaps I'll be able to hire some extra help to get me back on track! Fall is almost OVER!

Anyway, first thing's first: ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT of the Falling for Hell's Thailand Tour! This final week we have special tours with a couple of Thanksgiving-themed items! You don't want to miss out on this great tour with rich history and delicious bites! It's now or...next year! I'll point out that this coming Saturday is SMALL Business Saturday...and it doesn't get smaller than this!

But if you can't make it to the Hell's Kitchen tour, then you can at least get an idea of what your missing, as my new ad is complete for my Yelp page! And the tour that we captured was the Hell's Kitchen tour. Of course I think it's a great representation of the kind of experience you can expect from all of my tours. Check out the video here or on my Yelp page. And of course, if you've been on a tour please feel free to leave me a review there!

Thanksgiving the NY way!

And continuing on with the multimedia presence for Fun Foodie NYC, I did my first ever podcast this past Sunday! My good friend, Adriane Hamilton and her comedian buddies do a weekly podcast and asked me to join in for their all Food episode in honor of T-day! I had so much fun on the show that I hope to be back again soon! You can check out the episode on the Empty Party Podcast site. PS....there's a discount offer made to the listeners, so LISTEN IN!!

What comes next week? The HOLIDAY TOUR! If you're looking for some things to do with the family send them my way! This was my very first tour as anew company, and I'm so excited to be offering it again! I would love to have you check it out and I guarantee you we'll have fun and EAT well!! Trust me when I say that this tour is great for everyone who enjoys eating and the great lights of NYC's holiday center!

I'm also working on some private tours for guests in December, so if that's something that you think you might enjoy as well please feel free to contact me directly for more information.

The time for gingerbread is upon us!

Old Inside and Auld Lang Syne...Rememberances and Resolutions 2013

OK...So, I'm late with this, but better late than never...right? I won't go too deep into all of the things that typically make me feel warm and fuzzy come the winter holiday celebrations, but I will share a couple brief things...with some pics.

I mentioned in my Thanksgiving post that my favorite part of the holidays is getting together with family, and in my family that means our Christmas Lights tour. My mother is one of five kids, and aside from her brother Jay and his family the rest of them live on the West Coast...but aside from us they're all tied to the East Coast as they've all produced children with people who are or have family here. This means we get to sit back each year and let them come to us! And about 8 years ago, my mother booked a van and took some clients on her first Christmas Lights Tour that she decided to share with her loved ones and it's now become our family tradition.

We start at my parents' home where the mini coach meets us, and then we make our way down to the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center, which is across the street from Ground Zero. The atrium features 50,000 lights, which makes it a perfect place to start our tour. Also...there are two decent spots for some coffee or hot chocolate; Starbucks of course...or Financier Patisserie, which is my preference of the two.

This is what 50,000 lights looks like

After about 10 minutes of wandering the Winter Garden and gathering any of our crew that's decided to meet us there we get back on the van and head to Brooklyn! This year, we marveled as we took the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, which was flooded to the top during Sandy. Next destination is Dyker Heights, where the residents show their Christmas Spirit with as many lights and figurines and blow up characters as they can fit in their yard. We ooooo and aaaah at the creativity, decadence and dedication displayed for our viewing pleasure.

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After taking a few blocks of the lights in we get back on our mini-bus and head over to Mona Lisa's for dinner...to consist of pizza, salad, bruschetta, and WINE! Once the food was devoured and wine finished off, we made our way into the pastry section of the shop for some sweet treats before heading back on the bus to return to the isle of Man...hattan.

Tasty Pastry!

Back on the island means time for Wall Street. We lucked out this year and got some time at Trinity Church before they shut it up for the evening.

Decorative Ceiling

And then off the Wall Street itself...which has lost some of it's luster over the years...I guess we can't be so ostentatious when we're still coming out of a recession. But after the last of the lights are taken in it's time to pack it up and head home.

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So that's my favorite holiday tradition. Feel free to share yours!

Lastly, I mentioned resolutions, so I will say this is mine:

Independence or at least a good deal more of it for this nest year...that and of course happiness and peace for my family and friends.

Also I hope to be better at writing more regularly.

What are you trying to tackle this year?

If you're looking for somewhere to eat on Christmas Eve

I'm not working very late Christmas Eve as the Holiday Market at Columbus Circle closes early. That being said, our friends at Eater have compiled a great list of places for you to check out if you find your stomach empty and your wallet full! :)

NYC's Best Holiday Markets from DailyCandy

Make like a pop star and shop

nyc's best holiday markets!

Pop ’til you drop at the city’s most festive and gift-filled spots.

What: Nylon Magazine Why: A treasure box filled with Doc Martens, Eugenia Kim hats, Burton x The Muppets snowboards, Essie nail polish, 3x1 denim, Bing Bang jewelry, Falke tights, Terra New York raincoats, and more. When: Today-Dec. 18. Mon.-Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Where: 72 Gansevoort St., b/t Washington & Greenwich Sts.

What: Wired Why: Geek out with new-age rotary phones, printers that spit out happy thoughts at random, 3-D printed dresses, high-tech music players, GPS-enabled shoes, and more. When: Today-Dec. 23. Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Where: 583 Broadway, b/t Houston & Prince Sts.

What: House of Waris at Doyle Mueser Why: Pick up the jewelry designer’s first collection of creamy cashmere scarves at the dapper double down in the West Village. A portion of sales goes to Mary Alice Stephenson’s Glam 4 Good. When: Today-Jan. 7. Mon.-Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. Where: 19 Christopher St., b/t Waverly Pl. & Greenwich Ave.

What: Story’s Home for the Holidays Why: The ever-changing Chelsea shop morphs into a home with recipient-themed rooms (library for dudes, a gum ball-decorated playroom for tykes, the living room for girls). When: Today-Dec. 30. Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Where: 144 Tenth Ave., at 19th St.

What: Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market Why: Get crafty with handmade gifts and stocking stuffers at the Chelsea market’s blown-out holiday version. When: Today-Dec. 31. Daily, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Where: 88 Tenth Ave., at 15th St.

What: 20x200’s Gift with Art Why: The online art house goes off with framed, archival prints by Jane Mount, Christian Chaize, and Jessica Craig-Martin that are ready to wrap or hang. When: Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Where: Jen Bekman Gallery, 6 Spring St., b/t Bowery & Elizabeth Sts.

What: Quirky.com Why: Stocking stuffers galore for every gadget hound on your list. Be sure to submit any million-dollar invention ideas while you’re in-shop. When: Fri., 2-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 1-6 p.m. Where: 588 Broadway, at Prince St.

What: Brooklyn Flea’s Gifted Why: Just like the Flea only harder, better, faster, stronger. When: Sat.-Dec. 23. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Where: Skylight One Hanson, 1 Hanson Pl., at Ashland Pl., Fort Greene.

What: I Like What You’re Wearing at Dagny + Barstow Why: One of our favorite online shops for emerging designers takes over one of our favorite IRL shops for up-and-comers. Expect indie dresses, purses, jewelry, and a large serving of cool. When: Dec. 18-31. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m. Where: 264 Bowery, b/t Houston & Prince Sts.

Looking for more fairs and pop-ups? Check out Hester Street Fair and As We Are Walking at Beautiful Dreamers. All shops are closed Christmas Day.

Photo: Courtesy of Nylon

Locations:
Quirky.com Holiday Pop-Up
588 Broadway
@ Prince St

New York, NY 10012

Nylon Magazine Holiday Pop-Up
72 Gansevoort St
bt Washington & Greenwich Sts

New York, NY 10014

Wired
583 Broadway
bt Houston & Prince Sts

New York, NY 10012

Jen Bekman Gallery
6 Spring St
bt Bowery & Elizabeth Sts

New York, NY 10012

Story
144 10th Ave
@ W 19th St

New York, NY 10011

264 Bowery
bt Houston & Prince Sts

New York, NY 10012

212-675-2346
19 Christopher Street
bt Waverly Pl & Greenwich Ave

New York, NY 10014

347-982-4382
Brooklyn Flea
1 Hanson Pl
@ Ashland Pl

Brooklyn, NY 11217

88 10th ave
@ 15th st

New York, NY 10011

In case you wanted to explore markets south of Columbus Circle, that is! :)

JOIN THE SPIRITED NEW YORKER’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY WALKING TOUR OF ROCKEFELLER CENTER AND MIDTOWN

A Christmas Walking Tour of Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue, and Rockefeller Center will light up your holiday season!

On this 75-minute tour the noted Christmas Historian Sibyl McCormac Groff, who coined the term Gothamtide <http://www.nychristmas.com/gothamtide/gothamtide-2/> , will explain how Christmas became the most important holiday towards the end of the 19th century due to New Yorkers such as Washington Irving, John Pintard, Clement Clark Moore and Thomas Nast.

Gothamtide decorations and festivities continue to build on traditions begun in the 19th century. The tour explains Gothamtide as the group weaves around from Park Avenue to Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center.

Tour Highlights:

  • the development of the Christmas tree, lights, cards, gifts and entertainment
  • holiday markets around the town
  • the history of the lighted trees in the midst of Park Avenue and in front of the Seagrams building
  • holiday displays in and on hotels, department stores and boutiques
  • Christmas music written in New York
  • strolling past Big Apple treasures like St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Saks Fifth Avenue and Cartier’s – and finally,
  • the most famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center

The NYC Christmas Walking Tour begins in the Park Avenue Plaza atrium nestled behind the Racquet Club, with many amenities – Starbucks (not open on the weekends), interesting shops including Chartwell Books and Neuchâtel chocolates together with rest rooms, tables and chairs to relax in this festive space. At Christmas this atrium has the most intricate and amazing animated exhibits with Christmas music by the noted Mechanical designer Lou Nasti, who has been creating mechanical displays for forty years. “The Bear’s Christmas” will feature different vignettes of Bears and other animated animals making presents, singing, skating, cooking and enjoying the holiday with moving parts popping up and background holiday music. Tour Schedule November 23 through December 30, 2012 – Thursday through Sunday at 5:30pm.

Contact If you should have any questions or  would like to book a private tour please contact The Spirited New Yorker <spirsib@gmail.com>

The cost of the tour is $20. To read more and to purchase tickets, visit: <http://www.nyctrip.com/Pages/Index.aspx?PageID=838>

Of course I would love to see you on one of my tours, but this one will cover some other areas and seems like a nice addition or alternative!

Gingerbread Houses Go Pro in Holiday Displays

By BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel EditorUpdated 2:56 p.m., Monday, December 3, 2012 http://www.newstimes.com/living/article/Gingerbread-houses-go-pro-in-holiday-displays-4087468.php#ixzz2EDeoEXfo

This Nov. 30, 2012 photo shows "Toji Tower," a gingerbread creation from Kyotufo, on display in the lobby area of Le Parker Meridien hotel in New York.  The landmark-inspired creation is being exhibited with other over-the-top gingerbread houses from city restaurants in the annual display to benefit City Harvest, a food rescue organization for feeding the needy. Photo: Bebeto Matthews / AP

This Nov. 30, 2012 photo shows"The Sphinx," a gingerbread creation from North End Grill, on display in the lobby area of Le Parker Meridien hotel in New York.  The landmark-inspired creation is being exhibited with other over-the-top gingerbread houses from city restaurants in the annual display to benefit City Harvest, a food rescue organization for feeding the needy. Photo: Bebeto Matthews / AP

This Nov. 30, 2012 photo shows a gingerbread creation from Rolling Pin Productions "Loch Ness and the Urquhart Castle in Scotland," in the lobby area of Le Parker Meridien hotel in New York.  The landmark-inspired creation is being exhibited with other over-the-top gingerbread houses from city chefs in the annual display to benefit City Harvest, a food rescue organization for feeding the needy. Photo: Bebeto Matthews / AP

This Nov. 30, 2012 photo shows Emile Castillo, center, an executive chef at Le Parker Meridien hotel, standing by his gingerbread creation "The Hurri-CANE" at his hotel in New York.  The landmark-inspired creation of a toppled hi-rise crane from hurricane Sandy, is being exhibited in the hotel's lobby with other over-the-top gingerbread houses from city restaurants.  The annual display will benefit City Harvest, a food rescue organization for feeding the needy. Photo: Bebeto Matthews / AP

NEW YORK (AP) — Out of the kitchen and into the hotel lobby: Gingerbread houses have gone from being a homemade project done with mom to professional exhibits designed by pastry chefs and sometimes even architects. And never mind the humble miniature: Some displays are life-size, while others depict entire villages. A few extravaganzas raise money for charity, while some include contests for home bakers. Many are part of larger Christmas celebrations at luxury hotels that also showcase decorated trees, Santa visits and holiday menus.

Susan Matheson, co-author of the book "The Gingerbread Architect: Recipes and Blueprints for Twelve Classic American Homes," says these types of professional gingerbread creations "are elaborately detailed, spellbinding constructions that must require an army of pastry chefs, historians, engineers and consulting experts. The results can elevate the craft to a high art form that transports the viewer into an ethereal miniature fairy world." But Matheson doesn't approve of glue guns or other non-edible components: "It's 100 percent digestible or count me out."

For those who admire both homemade and high art gingerbread houses, here are details on a few extravagant displays around the country this holiday season.

For the fourth year, Le Parker Meridien hotel in midtown Manhattan is hosting a lobby display of gingerbread houses designed by New York City bakeries. The houses include replicas of landmarks like the Egyptian Sphinx, the Mexican temple Chichen Itza and the Lincoln Memorial. A gingerbread creation of the hotel's executive chef Emile Castillo was inspired by a recent real-life headline, depicting a crane left dangling by Hurricane Sandy from atop a building on 57th Street.

Customers of the hotel restaurant, Norma's, can get a ticket to vote on their favorite house by adding $1 to their checks; the money goes to City Harvest, a local food bank.

The Mohegan Sun casino and resort in Uncasville, Conn., hosts a life-size gingerbread house that's 28 feet high (8.5 meters) and 20,000 pounds (9,000 kilos), made from 6,000 gingerbread bricks. Visitors can walk through the home to see tiny rooms decorated for Christmas with a holiday tree, chocolate stockings and cookies for Santa.

In Hawaii, a Waikiki hotel has a miniature global village in gingerbread. The display at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani includes models of London's Tower Bridge, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, a pagoda from Yakushiji Temple in the ancient Japanese capital of Nara, and Hawaii's own Iolani Palace. Executive Chef Ralf Bauer started the tradition years ago to recreate scenery from his native Germany.

At the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C., a gingerbread contest that began as a local event 20 years ago is now a national competition with more than $7,500 in cash and prizes. This year's 182 entries — including some from teens and young children — were judged by a panel that included pastry chefs, cookbook authors and a museum curator. A prize was also awarded to the gingerbread chef from farthest away, which this year went to a cook from Massachusetts. The contest requires all entries to be completely edible.

In Philadelphia, a gingerbread display at The Shops at Liberty Place made by Philadelphia chefs was modeled after Fairmount Park historic sites. The display, up until Dec. 9, serves as a preview event for the annual tour of Fairmount Park historic homes, which are open and decorated for the holidays until Dec. 16.

The Capital Hotel in Little Rock, Ark., has a 12-by-14-foot (3.6-by-4.2 meter) gingerbread village on display with an Arkansas countryside theme, including cows, horses, deer, rabbits and ducks along with a barn and an Ozark shack. Details include 100 handmade pine trees dotting a sugar-coated winter scene with a Polar Express train and snow forts.

At The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation in Georgia, an entire train station has been recreated in gingerbread, sugar and candy, measuring 12 feet high (3.6 meters) and 16 feet (4.8 meters) wide. The creation depicts the depot for a train located on the resort property that takes guests on tours.

Wentworth By the Sea Hotel & Spa in Portsmouth-New Castle, N.H., has a 4-foot (1.2-meter) tall gingerbread house in the lobby, and the nearby Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth hosts a display of entries in a gingerbread house contest.

In a French twist on the gingerbread story, the French-based hotel chain Sofitel hosts a French holiday dessert called buche de noel, an edible Yule log, in their properties around the world.

David M. Schwarz Architects of Washington, D.C., sponsors the annual construction of "Gingertowns" by architects, engineers and others in Washington, Nashville and Dallas. The buildings stay up for a week, and are then disassembled and donated to charities along with cash contributions. This year's Gingertowns had a university campus theme with candy-studded buildings such as the I.M. Pez Library, the Cadbury Egghead Library and the Peppermint Patty Performing Arts Center.

If these descriptions have you dreaming of gingerbread creations you can't possibly make at home, Matheson, the "Gingerbread Architect" author, says there's still a lot to be said for "the simple art — the smell of baking gingerbread, the rough cut, over-iced, slumped and out of plumb gingerbread house with the candy pieces that slid out of position before the icing dried and the little hand that created it."

That, she added, is "a treasure."

Gingerbread houses go pro in holiday displays - NewsTimes http://www.newstimes.com/living/article/Gingerbread-houses-g... 1 of 1 12/5/12 5:24 PM

CHRISTMAS AND CHANUKAH EVENTS - TWO EVENTS INSIDE GRAMERCY PARK‏ Courtesy of Justin Ferate

Washington Square Tree Lighting and Christmas Eve Caroling – West VillageThe Arch at Washington Square Park, Fifth Avenue and Washington Square North

Monday, December 24 at 5pm FREE You have two [first date passed] chances to sing under the glorious arch. Head to the Christmas tree lighting on December 5 and join the Rob Susman Brass Quartet for sing-along carols and holiday songs (complimentary song books will be provided). Then return on Christmas Eve for more old-school wassailing with Susman, when a motley crew of students, locals and families dispenses a dose of holiday cheer.

For more information click here


Annual Merry Tuba Christmas FREE TO ALL!!!!

The Rink at Rockefeller Center on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm Come to Rockefeller Center to hear Christmas carols and other crowd favorites with the annual Tuba Christmas.  The tuba players of all ages will line up under the great Christmas tree and fill the area with the sound of low brass.  Spectators will be encouraged to become an important part of the concert by singing along with the Christmas carols and famous songs.

Recruited from throughout the greater New York City area, the musicians will be conducted by Chris Wilhjelm, conductor of the famous Goldman band. Conceived by tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips to honor his teacher, the late William J. Bell (Born Christmas Day, 1902), the first Tuba Christmas was presented at Rockefeller Center in 1974, conducted by Paul LaValle, of Band of America fame.  This unusual Christmas tradition is firmly established in over 200 cities around the world.

For more information click here.

To book tickets for the Festive Food & Holiday Fun Tour that will lead you up to the rink before the show, check out the Zerve page. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

About This Year's Rockefeller Center Tree

This Year's Rockefeller Center Tree is an 80-foot Norway Spruce from Joseph Balku's home in Morris County, New Jersey. The 10-ton and 50-foot diameter tree was hoisted by crane onto a trailer which then transported it to Manhattan.


FROM WHAT I CAN DISCOVER, GRAMERCY PARK WILL OPEN ONLY FOR TWO EVENTS TO THE PUBLIC. SINCE THE PARK IS PRIVATELY OWNED, THESE ARE RARE OPPORTUNITIES!

Christmas Eve Caroling in Gramercy Park – Gramercy Park Lexington Avenue at 21st Street Monday, December 24 at 6pm FREE The famous gated park opens its doors to the public on Christmas Eve for caroling under its tree. A great way to explore this beautiful green space, which is normally reserved only for area residents.

 


Caroling on the Steps – Midtown East Saint Bart's Church, 325 Park Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets Monday, December 17 at 5:30pm FREE All are welcome to join the congregants of St. Bart's Church for a joyful Christmas sing-a-long on its steps.

The West Village Chorale's Greenwich Village Caroling Walk – West Village  Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South at Thompson Street Saturday, December 22 at 4pm FREE A group of about 150 adults and children wends its way through the West Village's historic, lamp-lit streets singing Christmas favorites like “Frosty the Snowman” and “Silent Night.” If any of your family members are tone-deaf, don't worry: Chorale members will be there to set the pitch—and drown out the offenders, if necessary. The Dickensian stroll concludes back at the church, where refreshments will be served.

Candlelight Caroling: Christmas Eve – East Village West Stuyvesant Square Park, Second Avenue at 16th Street near the statue of Peter Stuyvesant Monday, December 24 at 6pm FREE All are welcome to come out and join the Christmas Eve caroling festivities. Hot refreshments will be provided by the Gramercy Cafe. Christmas Eve Caroling in Gramercy Park – Gramercy Park Lexington Avenue at 21st Street Monday, December 24 at 6pm FREE The famous gated park opens its doors to the public on Christmas Eve for caroling under its tree. A great way to explore this beautiful green space, which is normally reserved only for area residents.

23 Days of Flatiron Cheer

Checkout all of the events here: www.discoverflatiron.org/holiday

Join us this week for free, fun-filled holiday programming on the Flatiron Public Plazas at 23rd Street & Broadway! www.discoverflatiron.org/holiday
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Mon., December 3rd - Holiday Postcard Giveaway

12pm-2pm: Free, pre-stamped postcards of our 3-D holiday card! All you have to do is mail!

Tues., December 4th - Free Hot Beverages

4pm-6pm: Free hot beverages from Blue Smoke! (+ don't forget about the park tree lighting!)

Wed., December 5th - Holiday Tree & Gift Box Auction
9am-7pm: Want to have your home and hearth adorned with a tree or gift box customized by an A-list New Yorker?  Then mark your calendar and bring your checkbook to participate in this fabulous event for a good cause! If you're not able to attend, please follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and be sure to e-mail your bids to  auction@flatironbid.org.

 

Trees and gift boxes to be auctioned will be provided by Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot, Michael Aram, Ted Gibson, Union Square Hospitality Group, and the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership.

Thurs., December 6th - Eco-tote Bag Distribution

12pm-2pm: Nifty eco-tote bags will be passed out to passerby.

Fri., December 7th - Candy Cane Giveaway

12pm-2pm: Nothing says "holidays" like candy canes!

Sat., December 8th - Meet & Greet Popular Holiday Characters

12pm-2pm: Meet some of your favorite holiday characters!  A great event for the little ones.

Sun., December 9th - Macmillan Storytime /  Balloon Artist

11am-2pm: Children of all ages will be delighted when children's authors from Macmillan Publishing read pages from their popular books! In conjunction with this event, Macmillan is donating 50,000 children's books to First Book, which will be distributed to children in need throughout the five boroughs. This event will take place at half dozen at apple seeds, 10 West 25th Street.

 

10am-12pm: Come check out a magnificent balloon artist on the North Plaza!

 

Mon., December 10th - Holiday Food Drive
11am-5pm: Help Flatiron fight hunger this holiday season! To kick-off our week-long fundraiser, we will be hosting a Food Drive in the Flatiron Plaza. Please stop by and be sure to bring non-perishable goods to donate! We will continue the giving online, where you can donate to our virtual food drive by visiting: www.foodbanknyc.org. Please help us reach our $1,500 goal!
Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership
27 West 24th Street Suite 800B New York, NY 10010 T 212.741.2323 F 212.741.2324 info@flatironbid.org

Holiday Markets 2012

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Since my inaugural tour will feature markets and food halls, I figured I might as well share the rest of the holiday market riches with you all! From the Markets of New York Page:

Welcome to the 2012

Holiday Markets of New York City Guide!

Dates/Events:

September 19 – December 31.  Artists and Fleas Fall/Holiday Pop Up at Chelsea Market, 9th and 15th Sts, Manhattan

October 26 – January 11.  Holiday Shops at Bryant Park, Manhattan

November 14 – December 24.  Grand Central Holiday Fair, Vanderbilt Hall, Manhattan

November 17.  Beat-the-Crowds Handmade Holiday Happening, St. Anthony’s, 155 Sullivan St, Manhattan

November 17-18. Renegade Brooklyn Holiday Market, East River State Park, Williamsburg Waterfront, Brooklyn

November 17 – 18. Unique NYC Holiday Show, Center 548, 548 West 22nd St, Manhattan

November 18  Riverdale Temple Holiday Gift and Craft Sale, 4545 Independence Ave, Bronx

November 18 – December 25.  Holiday Gift Shops at St. Bart’s, Park Ave @ East 50th St, Manhattan

November 18 – December 24.  Union Square Holiday Market, Manhattan

November 18 – December 23. Holiday Shopping at the Fulton Stall Market, Manhattan

November 23. The Magical Mercato Market, Top of the Strand, The Strand Hotel NYC, 33 W. 37th St, between 5th and 6th Aves, Manhattan

November 23 – 24, 30, December 1, 7 – 8, 14 -15, 21 – 22.  Brooklyn Night Bazaar, 45 N. 5th St, Brooklyn

November 24 – 25, December 1 – 2, 8 – 9, 15 -16, 22 – 23.  Gifted Holiday Market, One Hanson Place, Brooklyn

November 28 – December 24.  Columbus Circle Holiday Market, Manhattan

November 30, Yorkville Holiday Show & Exhibition, Church of The Holy Trinity, 316 E 88th St, Manhattan

November 30, December 1.  Give Good Holiday Market for Women-Owned and Sustainable Gifts, Starrett Lehigh Building, 601 West 26th St, Manhattan

November 30, December 1 – 4.  Crafts at the Cathedral, St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Ave and West 110th St, Manhattan

December 1. Carroll Street Market, Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll St, Brooklyn

December 1. Fort Greene Holiday Market, Arts & Letters School, 225 Adelphi St, Brooklyn

December 1.  Holiday Kids’ Bazaar in Astoria, 22-27 33rd St, Astoria, Queens

December 1.  Jolly Holly Fair and 13th Annual Arts and Fine Crafts Gift Sale, Unitarian Church of Staten Island, 312 Fillmore St, Staten Island

December 1.  Not Yo Mama’s Holiday Craft Fair, Powerhouse Lounge, 360 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ

December 1.  St. Luke’s School Annual Christmas Fair, 487 Hudson St (1 block south of Christopher St), Manhattan

December 16. Winter Wonderland Holiday Bazaar, McBurney YMCA, 125 West 14th Street, Manhattan

December 1 – 2.  Bust Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair Holiday 2012, 82 Mercer St, Manhattan

December 1 – 2.  Etsy New York Holiday Handmade Cavalcade, The Space, 50 N. 3rd St, Brooklyn

December 1 – 2.  National Museum of the American Indian Art Market, Bowling Green, Manhattan

December 1 – 2. St. Boniface Christmas Fair, St. Joseph High School Auditorium, 80 Willoughby St, Brooklyn

December 1 – 2, 8 – 9, 15 – 23.  Hester Holiday Market, 233 Mott St, Manhattan

December 2.  The Queens Traveling Market, TEN10 Studio, 10-10 47th Road, Long Island City, Queens

December 2.  Washington Heights Holiday Fair, West 187th Street at Wadsworth Ave, Manhattan

December 3. The Second Annual Slow Food Show, Jimmy’s No. 43 – 43 East 7th St between 2nd & 3rd Ave, Manhattan

December 4 – 9. Independent Designer Pop Shop (ID Pop), Chelsea Market’s Central Event Space, 75 9th Ave, Manhattan

December 7 – 8. Crafted at the Canal, Build It Green NYC, 69 9th St, Brooklyn

December 7 – 9, 14 – 16.  NYCreates & SUPER!market Holiday Craft Market, 268 Mulberry St, Manhattan

December 8.  PS 321 Holiday Shop – Stuff You Should Buy, 180 7th Ave, Brooklyn

December 8, 15, 22.  Vegan Holiday Shop-up, 12 Grattan St, Brooklyn

December 8 – 9, 15 – 16. Om Grown Holiday Market by Bread & Yoga, Inwood Center Building, 5030 Broadway at 213th Street, Manhattan

December 13. Queens Travelling Market, Daly’s Pub, 31-86 31st St, Queens

December 13 – 23.  Jingle at Chelsea Market, 9th and 15th Sts, Manhattan

December 15.  3rd Ward Handmade Holiday Craft Fair, 195 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn

December 15.  Columbus Avenue Holiday Market at St. Paul’s. Columbus Ave bet 59th and 60th Sts, Manhattan

December 15.  South Slope Holiday Craft Fair Benefiting PS 10, 511 Seventh Ave, Brooklyn

December 15. Queens County Holiday Food Market, at Quaint, 46-10 Skillman Ave bet 46 & 47 St, Sunnyside, Queens

December 15 – 16, 22 – 23.  Brooklyn Craft Central Holiday Market, Littlefield Art Space, 622 Degraw St, Brooklyn

December 15 – 16.  Lyceum Holiday Market, 227 4th Ave, Brooklyn

December 15 – 16.  Degenerate Craft Fair, The Dumbo Loft, 155 Water St, Brooklyn

December 16. Winter Wonderland Holiday Bazaar, McBurney YMCA, 125 West 14th Street, Manhattan

December 22 – 23.  Last Minute Holiday Shopping Extravaganza, Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave, Astoria, Queens