City Pulse

By Ashley Goldsmith

What could be considered my least favorite thing about Manhattan are the touristy areas, essentially 34th street all the way up to 60th are to be avoided at all costs. Anytime I know that I’m within fifty feet of the popular department stores in that 30 block radius I run for the hills. This time of year midtown is like an LA highway, bumper to bumper (foot) traffic that can get you frustrated even if you’re not in a rush.

So what’s a girl to do when she’s got Christmas shopping to take care of with only a spare minute on a Sunday afternoon? Head to the Holiday Market at Union Square of course! Or brave the tail end of the midtown crowds at the Holiday Market at Columbus Circle (but shhh…don’t dare speak of it when you’re in tourist town, leave them to their department store heaven.) Filled with more than 100 gift boutiques you’re sure to find something for everyone. Band t-shirts for your brother, monogrammed leather goods for dad, handmade jewelry for mom, really I could go on and on but check it out for yourself. I promise you’ll be the cool cousin/niece/granddaughter giving gifts that aren’t the standard cashmere accessories or flannel pajamas.

Get out of hibernation, layer up and snag a cup of some hot apple cider “fresh from the farm” for a day of shopping around for an interesting array for gifts to help fulfill some last minute purchases.

What: Holiday Markets
When: Now through December 24th, , Sunday-Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday 11am-9pm & Saturday 10am-9pm. (On December 24th the market closes at 4pm)
Where: Union Square, 14th-17th Streets (between Union Square East & West) – Columbus Circle 59th St. & Broadway

Originally published December 2008
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