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Bloomingdales Holiday Windows 2016

We loved the Bloomingdale’s windows this year, which feature chandeliers. They’re all going to be auctioned off to benefit the Child Mind Institute.

They even look pretty from across the street. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Each window features a chandelier from a different artist.

Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan


Barney’s Holiday Windows 2016

Barney’s theme this year is the Love Peace Joy Project. It features work from prominent artists you may or may not have heard of. More on that below. These windows were a lot of fun.

Rob Pruitt’s cardboard monsters watching TV. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

These first two photos are from Rob Pruitt’s window […]

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Windows 2016

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the holiday windows, what are you waiting for? Here are some of my pix from Saks Fifth Avenue. Though I didn’t go at night, they have a lovely light display on the building, above this candy entrance.

The front entrance of Saks Fifth Avenue. Copyright […]

Macy’s Holiday Windows 2015

This year, the Macy’s Holiday Windows feature the Peanuts gang. They tell the classic Peanuts Christmas story, with characters that move. Sometimes it’s their heads, sometimes the clouds float from the bottom to the top, and sometimes they cross from one side of the window to the other. You can also hear them narrating what’s […]

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Shopping at H Mart in Edison New Jersey

When I go to a foreign country, I make plans to visit a grocery store. I love seeing all the different products, since it tells you a lot about their culture (like what they eat). So on my recent trip to the Korean Island Spa in Edison, I checked out HMart, which is in the […]

Get to FAO Schwarz before it closes

The flagship FAO Schwarz store is closing in July, and if you haven’t been to this 5th Avenue location, here are 12 reasons you should go before it’s gone.

1. Get a bear in a bag – the FAO Schwarz bear

The FAO Schwarz bear

2. Get your fortune from the Zohar.


Weekend in Philly

My family went to Philadelphia over our fall break (i.e. NJ Teachers Convention break) last November. It was a whirlwind of sightseeing and an awesome trip (I wrote a ton of posts on what to see in Philadelphia with kids here). But when a friend was organizing a girls’ weekend in May, I jumped at […]

Union Square Holiday Market

If you’re looking for a unique holiday market with high quality vendors, check out the Union Square Holiday Market which runs through December 24th, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. More than 100 booths have a variety of items, from gourmet foods to soaps, from hats to dog clothing, from toys to jewelry. […]

The New York Chocolate Show

I realize right now when you think of chocolate, you’re thinking of Halloween candy.


chocolates for sale…copyright deborah abrams kaplan

The Chocolate Show is coming up in New York in a few weeks. REAL chocolate. The largest chocolate show in the U.S., featuring 65 vendors.


A Day in Times Square

Locals tend to avoid Times Square – for good reason. It’s crowded and touristy. However, if you’re a tourist, or plan to see any of the sites around there, a guide is helpful.

Times Square at night