5th Avenue Window Crawl: Beaded Bags & Bergdorf’s

When blog friend and Tangerine Tango  contributor Dawn Landau emailed me late Wednesday night, apologizing for the last minute notice, saying she’d be in New York City on Friday and asked if I was free to meet her, I didn’t hesitate for a minute.   Dawn’s doctor husband had a conference and had  surprised her with tickets to Wicked, so they made a weekend out of it. I met her within a few hours after she arrived at her hotel. She may have been a a bit jet-lagged, yet was  ready to conquer NYC.

She’d told her husband she had plans for the day with one of her blog friends.

“You don’t know her?” he’d asked.

“Yes, I know her really well. We just haven’t met.”  Not sure he got it.

Checking the weather forecast, I told her it would be raining and perhaps we’d want to walk around a museum or two; they’re good places for chatting.

I should have known that rain doesn’t stop someone from Washington state; Dawn was determined to walk and wanted to see the Christmas window displays of the big department stores. She didn’t even carry an umbrella.

Okay.  I’m in and out of New York City all the time; I can’t remember ever visiting the holiday windows. Walking around 5th Avenue in the midst of December, in the cold drizzle, in the midst of holiday shoppers and tourists? That wouldn’t be me.

But I’m a good sport and hey, she was the visitor.

We lunched first at the Round Table in the Algonquin Hotel, a former favorite locale of famous writers, including Dorothy Parker, George S. Kaufman, and Edna Ferber. I figured we fit right in.

In front of the writers.

In front of the writers.

It took under a second to start talking about everything and anything. Kids, writing, exercise regiments, families, and more. We may never have met, but because we read each other’s blogs; we know a lot about each other.  And then of course there’s all the stuff we talked about that we don’t write about.  Sorry, what’s talked about at the Round Table stays there.

We began the window crawl at Lord & Taylor’s, 38th & 5th Avenue. A traditional old-fashioned display that included many musical instruments. Lovely, wintery, nostalgic. photo-10

We walked from there north on 5th Avenue to Saks.  Something about a Yeti that didn’t really appeal to me. On our way, these beaded pocketbooks in a jewelry store grabbed our attention.

Beaded Bags

Beaded Bags

Of course we loved the one that was $2,000. Dawn bought one much less— a pretty ruby-colored bag that she felt would dress up any basic black and a perfect  5th Avenue souvenir.

Outside of Saks, protected by the awning from the rain, a trio of young men, perhaps college students, holding a video camera, asked if we’d answer a quick question. ” Sure,”  we said.

“What is love?” They asked us.   We each gave a short response, happy to contribute.

If I had to select a window winner, I’d choose Bergdorf Goodman. I don’t shop there; but their windows were superb. They went with holidays as a theme; each window dressed for different holidays, except Christmas.  We loved how Valentines Day was portrayed all in pinks.  CIMG2780

We cut east to Bloomingdales, whose windows celebrated gifts from around the world, all available for purchase inside. As we walked, we talked, commenting on the various fashions we noticed on pedestrians and the slinky, diaphanous gowns  featured on the mannequins in the store windows. She’d point out a lighting display or a wreath, that I’d normally walk on by.  I quickly caught her contagious enthusiasm and enjoyed seeing New York through her eyes.

It was time for me to start home. Dawn, tireless, kept on to see Barney’s windows—we’ll have to read her post—and planned to catch Macy’s and the tree at Rockefeller Center during the weekend.

We’d hugged and hugged again, hoping there will be other get-togethers, on either coast. In the meantime, we’ll read each other’s blogs.

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About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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30 Responses to 5th Avenue Window Crawl: Beaded Bags & Bergdorf’s

  1. Lovely window warriors! How I wish I still lived a train ride away

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  2. mercyn620 says:

    There is no place like Manhattan during the holidays. It has been a long time since I saw the windows.

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  3. Wow, that’s amazing Lisa! It’s true, you sure do get to know people well through the blogging community. I’m so happy for the both of you getting the chance to meet in person.
    xo
    Diana

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  4. Patti Winker says:

    How wonderful on so many levels, I can’t even begin. You both look like you’re delighted to be soaking up the holiday spirit in each others’ company. Thank you for sharing, and I look forward to reading Dawn’s blog, too. 😉

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  5. Reblogged this on Tales from the Motherland and commented:
    GOT TO MEET ANOTHER BLOGGER- in NYC! I’m currently finishing up a four-day trip to New York City and having a blast! One of the first things that happened was I got to meet fellow blogger Lisa Winkler. We spent a wonderful day in the Greatest City in the world, despite the cold rain that fell all day. Read her fun take on our day here, and I’ll share my spin when I get home.

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  6. What a wonderful day Lisa! Ivory blonde and commented on tails from the motherland, and will share my own post when I get home and get my computer back. It was just wonderful meeting you in person and hanging out. It really felt like we’ve known each other for a long time.

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  7. How lovely! 🙂

    There are a couple of local bloggers I’d like to meet – I think I’ll suggest in the new year (Sydney, Oz here)

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  8. tchistorygal says:

    How fun, Lisa. I’m jealous! That sounded like so much fun! 🙂 Make sure if you come to CA, that you stop by and meet me. 🙂

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  9. hugmamma says:

    What a wonderful visit…old friends meeting for the first time. Love it! 🙂

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  10. Mike Lince says:

    Ha ha – worried about rain with a Pacific NW’er. That cracks me up. Lucky you that you got to meet. Dawn is the greatest! The one time we met in her home town the time just flew by. I see your name all over some mutually read posts. It is nice to comment on your site. Holiday blessings to you and your loved ones. – Mike

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  11. nantubre says:

    I love this! I have always wanted to visit New York city. I’ve passed through a few times via airplane but of course that doesn’t count. I’m putting a visit to NYC on my bucket list ASAP !

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  12. I’ll be seeing those windows when my family fem Rhode Island comes to town. We’re going to the Nutcracker Ballet too. Fun to do with small children.

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  13. Huffygirl says:

    Guess I’ll have to come visit you some time – it sounds like fun.

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