Sunday, December 17, 2017

Flower Power At Bergdorf's

For 2017, Bergdorf Goodman's holiday windows are a salute to various museums and sites of interest. This one, featuring the New York Botanic Gardens seems to time travel back to the Swinging Sixties.  The gardening books are created from fabric and embroidered with titles in fonts that are straight out of Fillmore East posters. Where have we seen those models? Perhaps in a 1968 fashion spread for the London fashion company Biba.  Excuse me while I go listen to my copy of "Sgt Pepper."

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Light Show, Saks Fifth Avenue

The holiday windows make New York City an alluring destination in December. But the most spectacular sight is the light show that plays out every few minutes on the facade of Saks. This year's version is my favorite so far. A clock ticks down then the turrets and gates of a castle appear. Colors wash over the turrets, fountains splash up and the aurora borealis moves across the "sky."  Thousands of people can watch from Rockefeller Center right across the street. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle, nearly everyone stops to turn their faces upward, oohing and aahing. It's a communal experience full of the joy and wonder that we all hope to find during this season.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Dockless Bikes, Washington, DC

A man hurrying to an appointment slowed his pace and looked at the candy-colored bicycles parked on the sidewalk near 13th and G streets. The bright colors might have made him wonder if a trio of ten-year-olds had gone around the corner to pick up a package Twizzlers and a Superman comic book. Bikeshare racks are a familiar site all around town but the new dockless bicycles are still something of a novelty. Meant to be used mainly for short trips, anyone who is signed up for the service can key in a code then pedal off. They can be left in any public place. No searching for a docking rack. If all this takes off, Washington may eventually look a little more like Oxford or Amsterdam.