leisure 12.8.06

New York at Night

For those of you in the 'I get nosebleeds above 23rd Street' camp, move along to other things. For the more inclusive among you, here's our simple prescription for a dose of holiday cheer. Wait until it gets dark (sometime around noon these days), and start in Grand Central. Visit the holiday market. Watch the changing projections on the walls and ceiling of the main hall. Hoist a festive cocktail at the Campbell Apartment. Walk out of the terminal and head north on Park. Just walk, taking in the white lights, the St. Bart's holiday market, the skyscrapers with decorated lobbies. Look west at 49th Street for a sliver of the beautiful blue of Rock Center. And more blue on the fully-loaded tree at One Beacon Court on 58th between Lex and 3rd. That's all there is to it. Maybe some dinner afterwards.

In MoMA's lobby starting this Tuesday is an exhibition called "New York at Night: Photographs from the Collection." The museum will show over two dozens images that have New York nightlife as a subject. Look for El Morocco and Studio 54, and work from Berenice Abbott, Garry Winogrand Diane Arbus, Rudy Burckhardt, Lee Friedlander and Alfred Stieglitz.

Brooklyn Lights
From our archives, where the homeowners are who won't put up a few lightbulbs when 10,000 will do.

The Night Skyline
Also from our archives, what Coca Cola, Camel cigarettes, and a man named Douglas Leigh have to do with our city of lights.


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