New York City this time of year is truly magical, but if you can’t make it in for a visit, here are around-the-town highlights I’ve been enjoying this week.

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The Greek Archdiocese building at 79th and 5th Avenue has the most beautiful natural greenery, an eclectic mix that stopped me in my tracks.

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Another view, love the bow tree.

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Creative use of bows in the J.Crew Collection store window.

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The UNICEF Snowflake is a dazzling, illuminated crystal ornament that graces the intersection of 5th Ave and 57th Street (another one hangs on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.) It’s made of 16,000 Baccarat crystal prisms that blink and twinkle like diamonds, it’s truly stunning.

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The Bergdorf Goodman windows are famous all year round and magical at the holidays.
This year’s theme “BG Follies of 2012” delves into the 1920s and 30s Jazz Age.

The window above features thousands of white feathers. Designer Naeem Khan dressed the mannequins in rhinestone-studded gowns featuring a colossal, rotating starburst made of almost 1,000 mirrors. For a behind-the-scenes video on the making of these windows visit TheCoveteur.com

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Inside BG the white sparkly decorations showed off colored handbags as if they were candy (my kind of candy—ARM candy!)

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Love the non-traditional use of Christmas candy in unexpected colors.

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I’m a huge fan of MacKenzie-Childs pottery, and they’ve just moved their flagship store down two doors on W. 57th Street to a large showroom, not as charming as the old spot, but more spacious. Their trees filled with ornaments, ribbons, and all things MC are spectacular, photos can’t do them justice.

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Two whimsical pottery ladies greeting at the front door.

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Close up of her pottery shoes, every detail is awe-inspiring.

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MacKenzie-Childs stockings in our apartment.

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An elegant, upper east side brownstone with wreaths in each window, simple loveliness.

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A huge wooden toy soldier outside our favorite Italian restaurant in the neighborhood, Antonucci.

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I like how people put Christmas greenery around a tree, it is so simple and such a beautiful, natural touch.

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This large star light display at the Time Warner Center changes colors, from deep purple to turquoise blue and orange-red, very striking.

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The perspective on this photo makes it look life-size but this is a doll-house-size display in the window of Tiffany’s,  The tiny Tiffany box on the top step is no more than 1-inch, perfect size for one of their diamond engagement rings I suppose.

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The Fendi store with sparkling crystal belts (Fendi buckles are famous), “dripping” lights give the effect of crystal rain pouring down all over the building.

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Had dinner at our friends Darrin and Sheri Adams and loved how they had two fireplaces going (thank you pleasures of technology!)

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No photo can do the Rockefeller Tree justice, with a Swarovski crystal tree topper. I overheard a couple say they had just got engaged by the tree, so romantic!

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Our humble little tree….Merry Christmas to all!!

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