Holiday Shopping in New York City

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Happy Holidays to all!

Are you looking for the best places to shop and stroll in New York City this holiday season? Well look no further! Manhattan is one of the best places to shop for fashion, jewelry, art, trinkets, and other gifts in all the land. In New York City, unique shopping opportunites abound at one-of-a-kind holiday markets, chic boutiques, and elegant department stores. The selection is endless, and outlined below are some of New York City’s finest places to buy and browse for you and your loves ones.

The Columbus Circle Holiday Market

At 59th Street, straddling between the border of the Upper West Side and Midtown Manhattan, is one of New York’s most unique places to spend. And no, it’s not the nearby mecca of “The Shops at Columbus Circle.” Instead, it’s the annual winter Columbus Circle Holiday Market, a place of commerce for artisans, craftspeople, and gourmet food vendors from all over the world. From early December to Christmas Eve, visitors can sample sweets from designer chocolatiers, purchase local, handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry, or simply grab a bite at one of New York’s delectable food trucks. The Market is a maze of fashion, freshness, and fun, and you wouldn’t want to miss out.

Some of my personal favorite vendors: Avidgail Adam, an Israeli jeweler selling headpieces, bracelets, and rings, Savon de Provence, a manufacturer of sweet-smelling handmade French soaps, and Spices and Teas, which sells gourmet infusions from around the world!

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Winter Village at Bryant Park

Bryant Park’s very own Winter Village follows the same concept as the Columbus Circle Holiday Market outlined above. However, there is one major difference: Bryant Market has an incredible ice-skating rink. And who doesn’t love ice-skating – a storied winter tradition! The Winter Village is open until January 4th, giving visitors plenty of time to enjoy.

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Bergdorf Goodman

Chanel, Saint Laurent, Dior, Céline, Prada, Balenciaga – the list flows on and on. If you’re looking for designer merchandise for you and your loves ones, look no further than Bergdorf Goodman.

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Bergdorf Goodman is – unarguably – New York City’s ritziest, glitziest department store. It’s Manhattan’s very own version of the UK’s Harrod’s (also one of the most memorable shops that I have ever visited). Posh, classy, sexy, elegant – Bergdorf Goodman is everything. As soon as you walk in, you feel like a celebrity. A pampered princess. Well-dressed salesladies shower you with attention, and your visit is their delight.

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On the first floor, you’ll find handbags and all-too-precious bijoux. Chloé, Judith Leiber, Van Cleef & Arpels, Proenza Schouler – if it’s on the runway, if it has graced the pages of Elle and Vogue, it’s here. On the upper floors, you’ll find fashion-forward clothing and the magnificent shoe department, featuring the likes of Christian Louboutin, Charlotte Olympia, and Prada.  

Bergdorf’s deserves a visit, even just a window shop.

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Stay tuned! There’s more shops to come tomorrow!

Columbia University – An Official Essay

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Topic — Please tell us what you find most appealing about Columbia and why

Tucked away in quiet Morningside Heights is a little green haven I would like to call home for the next four years: Columbia University. Since my junior year tour, I have had a love affair with the institution, especially for its world-class academics. The Core Curriculum, the most celebrated aspect of the Columbia experience, provides the best mechanism to produce a diverse, well-rounded individual. And the ability to explore multiple disciplines in courses like “Frontiers of Science” and “Art Humanities” — even if they do not pertain to my major — is immensely appealing.

Another course I am eagerly anticipating is “Literature Humanities” – which typifies Columbia’s celebration of the art of literature. As an avid reader myself, I realize that at Columbia I would have the opportunity to not merely read some of history’s Great Books — Don Quixote, The Illiad, and more — but to engage in the incredible experience of discussing these revolutionary texts with a like-minded student community.

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One of my prospective majors is “French and Francophone Studies,” and I believe that there is no better place to hone my language skills than Columbia University — a microcosm of the world! Columbia’s student body is bursting with international flavor, making it an extra special place to study a language. With Columbia’s emphasis on studying abroad, I would even have the option to perfect my skills at legendary French institutions, including the Sciences-Po or the Sorbonne — or on campus in unique courses like “Poesie Francophone D’Afrique.” And outside Columbia’s urban campus, the opportunities for French cultural interaction are endless at lectures, film screenings, and exhibitions at La Maison Française or the Alliance Française.

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With Columbia University’s focus on structured learning, I know that I would graduate as an insightful, well-versed individual, equipped for life’s challenges. Columbia is truly an otherworldly institution, and I would be delighted to call it home for the next four plus years!