Written by Bwog Staff
Christmas shopping in New York is a bitch–there’s so much, and it’s so expensive, and expectations of wonderful gifts from the Big City are so high that it’s tempting just to throw in the towel altogether. Christmas shops, then, can furnish a partial solution to the problem of finding ten things for ten people in the waning hours before your plane/train/parent’s Subaru departs. And even if you’re not out to buy, the seasonal clusters of small businesses that set up shop at Columbus Circle, Bryant Park, and Union Square every December are worth a gander for their wondrous wares.
Columbus Circle – 59th and Central Park West
This open-air smorgasord of jewelry, apparel, and other sundries may be overpriced, but it’s a bargain compared to the sticker shockers across the street in Time Warner Center. With the Park next door and the narrow, curved aisles, it feels a bit like a labyrinthine mountain village. This year there is a disappointing lack of food samples.
Bryant Park – 42nd and 6th Avenue
Moving south, you might choose instead to visit the shops at Bryant Park, a collection of little glass houses that make the
Not to mention the excellent bathroom facilities, and the Darth Vader made of gadgets.
Union Square – 14th and Broadway
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