The Jolliest Christmas Trees in NYC

It officially feels like the holidays! Snowflakes are falling, Starbucks’ famous red cups dot the City streets and holiday window displays bring out a sense of childhood wonderment this time of year. As we, ourselves, soak in the holiday magic, we couldn’t help but wonder where all the best Christmas trees were in the City! Yes, of course the Rockefeller tree comes to mind but collectively (Jewish teammates too!), we wondered where the most festive trees could be found! And so the below list was born…We put together a list of our top places to find the jolliest of Christmas trees in New York City!

South Street Seaport
This 60 foot-high Borway spruce is sure to amaze with gold, white and silver ornaments topped off with a giant star! Enjoy the holiday market, on-site Santa and more festivities throughout December 24th.

Washington Square Park
With a towering 45-foot high tree with Fifth Avenue and the Empire State Building in the distance, this may be one of the most picturesque photos you can take. In the heart of Greenwich Village, you can stop by the tree on Christmas Eve for a night of public holiday caroling!

New York Public Library
Framed by an archway in Astor Hall in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, this may “literary” be the most unassuming place for a Christmas tree. As you enter the iconic library, you are greeted by wreaths throughout the building and a personal annotated copy of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens!

Bryant Park
Just a short stroll from the NYPL, there is no place more festive than Bryant Park! This entire park is transformed into a Winter Village complete with a skating rank, open air-market and winter-themed restaurant! With the huge Norway spruce, garlanded with thousands of lights and ornaments – it will surely keep you in awe.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Perhaps the most intricate, the Met’s 20 foot high blue spruce tree has a base setting that intricately displays an Italian Nativity scene. With ornate Neapolitan angels and delicate lights, this tree is one that must be on your list to see this year!

American Museum of Natural History
Continuing the museum route, the American Museum of Natural History goes all-out with a nondenominational holiday tree! Decorated with none other than origami animals! With over 800-plus folded paper critters, this year’s theme is “Origami Dinosaurs Among Us”. A fun and festive tree for all ages!

Park Avenue
Although not home to a single Christmas tree, Park Avenue displays over 104 of them! Running from 54th Street to 97th Street, the Fund of Park Avenue sets up these beautiful white-lit fir trees continuing on a tradition that began in 1945 honoring fallen WWII veterans.

Wishing you the warmest holiday wishes and a bright New Year!

 

2017 Gift Guide

The Rockefeller tree is lit and you know what that means…the winter holidays are in full swing! If you haven’t “gobbled” up Black Friday deals or Cyber Monday specials – we thought we would bring you a holiday gift guide that will surely keep on givin’! This list doesn’t include Garrett’s popcorn or socks your Uncle Milton gives you every year, but a list that will make you a superstar at any holiday party. You can thank us later.

Fossil Fitness Watch – $295

Fossil Smartwatch

We are in the tech age and these smartwatches are a must! The Q-hybrid smartwatch notifies you of incoming messages, stats and of course interchangeable bands to fit your style!

Apple TV – $149-$199

Apple TV

This is an Apple update, that won’t pester you! Get the latest Apple TV that incorporates Touch and Siri control making your TV experience, even easier. Pass the popcorn!

Amazon Echo – Alexa – $180

Amazon Echo

Adios Siri! Busy washing dishes and noticed you are out of soap? Ask Alexa to order it for you! Get updates on the weather, play Jeopardy, turn on music or even turn your lights off. This hands-free Amazon Echo will make life just a bit simpler and possibly sweeter. Hint: The Echo Dot is a smaller version and is more affordable.

Hatchimals – $70

Hatchimals

This is THE #1 holiday gift for kids this year! Famed for the most popular toy at the 2016 Toy Fair, your child will have to take care of the egg long enough to hatch the cute little combo-animals! It will even get to a point in “life” where they will sing “Happy Birthday” to you…yes, that is a fact.

Podo Camera – $49

Podo Camera

No selfie-stick here! If you haven’t mastered that selfie, don’t fret – the Podo camera is a handy stick-on camera that will attach to almost any surface and their app will live stream the footage to your smartphone. Preorder them for 2017!

Selfie Mic Music Set – $20

Selfie Mic

If Uncle Milton loves sending you videos of himself singing Taylor Swift songs (off pitch of course), you may want to give him this selfie-mic that attaches to his smartphone! But then again…that may not be the best idea…this brings karaoke to a whole new level.

Subscriptions

Still undecided? Here are some of our team’s favorite subscription packages that may be the perfect gift for your toughest gifter.

Traditional Home Magazine – Townhouse Cocktail Event

Margolis Team Cocktail Event

Last night we hosted Traditional Home Magazine and guests at our stunning Townhouse listing at 319 E. 51st Street.  Our impeccable six floor Townhouse listing was the perfect backdrop to host Senior Editor Designer, Tori Mellott, and her esteemed guests for a mid-summer cocktail party!  The infamous and always fun, Monkey Bar provided delicious hors d’oeuvres from tuna tartare to, our team’s favorite, homemade mini chocolate ganache pies! The specialty cocktail of the night was The Bandito – a jalapeno-infused tequila (get the recipe below).

As the guests mingled and received private tours from our team, the talented Craig Hartley played a beautiful set mixing classical tunes with today’s favorites. The 5-piece band’s private show was the highlight of the evening, gathering all of the guests to the Garden Floor as the sunset.

With all of the delightful happenings taking place inside the private event, we wanted to be sure to share some of the excitement with all of you! Therefore, we filmed a short live tour for you to experience the beauty of the Townhouse and the delight of the evening.  You can see it live, here.

We wanted to give a big thanks to all of those who attended the event and who enjoyed an evening with us at our Townhouse listing.  Stay tuned for more updates, coming soon!

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The Bandito Recipe

Traditional Home Magazine Event - Bandito Recipe

What Interior Designers Are Seeing Today

Let’s discuss something on a lighter note!  For those of you looking to renovate, stage or merely freshen up your space, we thought we’d share some insight from one of our favorite interior designers/architects Kevin O’Sullivan, of Kevin O’Sullivan & Associates, on what’s been seen in the world of interior design today.

“Its interesting to me that 75 years after “mid-century modern” brought us Jacobsen furniture and Richard Neutra architecture, we are actually seeing their ideas in practice again in New York City homes, but now re-imagined for modern living.

I am increasingly seeing New Yorkers looking for a “downtown-uptown” feel to their homes.  They want functional spaces and designs, with a minimum of undue visual clutter.  That means somewhere they can mentally relax, offering simple lines and calm colors.  Dusty hues are trending, as is black and white.

Lately, there has been a preference for apartments with bigger spaces but fewer overall rooms, rather than numerous smaller private spaces.  Within their space, people don’t want ornamentation for its own sake anymore.  That’s a big change from say 25 years ago.  I suspect improvements in technology are making it easier for people to share spaces without being in each other’s way, and that is reflected in preferences for apartments and designs.”

Kevin O’Sullivan

How to Decorate With Pantone’s Top Colors for Spring all Year Long

As temperatures begin to drop in NYC, most of us are thinking of pumpkin spice lattes, breathtaking colors in Central Park and well…more, pumpkin spice lattes.  But around this time of year, the color authority releases its warm-weather color picks for 2016.  You will “fall” for these vibrant and versatile hues as you kick start your autumn season.

So get your pumpkin spice latte and your snuggie handy, as we walk you through the top hues for 2016:

  1. Buttercup
    • This bold yellow instantly brightens up a room.  With a contrasting color, your guests will surely be inspired.
  2. Fiesta
    • Elle Décor suggests that this fiery red color is the perfect accent in a modern kitchen.  But we also think a neutral living room or office would benefit from small accents in this spicy shade.
  3. Green Flash
    • The Green Lantern has nothing on this hue.  This brilliant green can add a tremendous splash to an entryway or hallway.  Anyone daring enough to paint their bathroom in this striking color?
  4. Iced Coffee
    • This neutral yet soft brown may not seem earthshattering but the color provides a backdrop for a smooth transition season to season.
  5. Lilac Gray
    • This unassuming purple hue is a classic addition to any room and provides a bit of visual interest without an over-the-top statement.
  6. Limpet Shell
    • Sky blue is out and limpet shell is in!  The gentle shade warms up any room in the home and also provides a great neutral color for nursery rooms!
  7. Peach Echo
    • Are you loving the names of these hues – we surely do!  This corel-esque shade brings a sense of Caribbean warmth to your home which is perfect for our Hampton or Sag Harbor homeowners.  We think this accent color would be fabulous with classic white rooms.
  8. Rose Quartz
    • Pretty in pink is back in!  This petal pink goes beyond a little girl’s room and could grace the walls in a dining room, library or even a powder room off the main living room.
  9. Serenity
    • This shade of blue has a slight hint of purple and illuminates any room in the home.  Especially a dining area, powder room and or a playroom for the kids.
  10. Snorkel Blue
    • This deep and rich blue adds a lavish style to your home especially in a formal living room.

Pantone Colors for the blog

For more information on how you can use these pantone colors, click here.