It feels so great to be back, and doing what I love to do most: blog. I haven’t written a post for a while due to the fact that I’m currently busy with school work, upcoming college tests, extracurricular activities, and many other projects. However, I always have my blog in mind. Because the holidays are coming up and everybody is getting or already got into the Christmas spirit, I want to talk about my personal favorite Christmas spot: Bryant Park.
Just to begin this passage with a bit of background history, Bryant Park is a public park in New York City, between 42nd and 40th Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. In comparison to Central Park, Bryant Park is small: it is 9,603 square feet. Yet, this is what I adore about it. Bryant Park is the only place that is so small in square feet, yet it can fit such a vast amount of people on the daily basis. As Jordan Baker once stated: “And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.” I prefer privacy over exposition.
However, that is not the only thing that makes Bryant Park so special. When the month of November hits, Bryant Park completely transforms into a holiday getaway. There are about 30 or more stands that are filled with everything: from Christmas pajamas to Christmas tree decorations. In addition, there are a lot of things to taste and to try. Every year, there is a new pop-up cafe or a patisserie, or a shop with handmade jewelry; each filled with magnificent products. For instance, there is a pickle stand with fried pickles in it. Personally, fried pickles seem a bizarre food to me, however, some might fall in love with them. Yet, Bryant Park is not just a place for a food lover or an explorer. It is also the most romantic dating spot in town.
Ice skating rink. That is all I have to say. Fortunately, New York City is blessed with a chance of having an ice skating rink in the middle of a park. While you might be twirling around or learning how to skate, surrounding you are those stands and one grand Christmas tree. If I really want to experience the Christmas spirit, I would go to Bryant Park. The reasons are listed above. I love trying new foods, I love exploring, I love ice skating, and most importantly, I love the Christmas in New York. The ambiance of Bryant Park is full of cultures and traditions that have been brought to New York City with generations, and they are reflected in the products that are on display. That’s the most inspiring thing to me as a writer and photo-journalist. Honestly, there is nothing that can compare to a night of Christmas in New York. The whole city is sparkling with Christmas lights, shiny new vitrines, and brand new items that can be seen on displays. If it snows, it’s even better. When I used to live in Ukraine, it was a different type of snow. It does sound strange, but in NYC, even the snow is different. Maybe it’s because it’s genuinely true, or maybe it’s because I have a deep feeling of admiration for this city.
So here comes a collection of my personal photographs that were taken in Bryant Park. No edits, no specific angles, and no special effects (except for some black & white filters on certain images). Just the people, the park, and most importantly, the spirit.
Thank you for reading this post, and have a great weekend ahead!
PS: To all my European readers, Happy St.Nicholas Day! Let it be filled with joy and cheer!
xoxo, Sophia for Fashion Caption.