Christmas Windows

This was the first picture I took on my Christmas Window Display walk. It’s a couple of NYPD guys standing in front of the Apple store on 14th Street holding machine guns.

As I said, not one window blew me away. But this year interactivity was the theme. A lot of the displays involved an interactive element. I wondered if students or alumni of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU (ITP) were involved. They’ve had shows every year for decades featuring work like this.

This was a popular one. It would take your picture, and then people would take pictures of their picture. All I could think about was how poor the quality of the picture of the picture would be.

I had more fun watching people. There were a lot of children but I didn’t get the sense that most of the windows were geared towards children.

I was behind these guys for a while. Adorable.

I liked the windows that did what they normally do, showcase a product.

This was kinda cool, this glittering serpent thing wrapped around the building.

And I always love the Tiffany windows. They’re very small and so you have to come in close, which the window artist uses to create a sense of intimacy. Oh, you can see the serpent thing in the reflection!

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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4 thoughts on “Christmas Windows

  1. They appear from time to time. Usually I come across them in front of the stock exchange, or in Penn Station. I wonder if it’s a random “show of force” thing? The NYPD used to have dozens of squad cars head out around the city, lights flashing and you’d think something terrible was happening somewhere. I later learned that this was meant as a show of force, for the benefit of terrorists (and others) who might be planning something awful for us.

  2. I see! Interesting. They do look relaxed.

    Years ago, I lived at SHAPE and they regularly held events with bigwigs and they would deploy the spike belts and machine guns at the base entrances. I guess it’s an effective deterrent.

    Merry Christmas! As for Christmas shows, they are running a lot of Doctor Who on Space. Good stuff.

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