Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Iconic stretch of Fifth Avenue is pedestrian only this month

New York – one of the most famous streets, if not the most famousManhattan will be car-free for the first three Sundays in December during the holidays, the Fifth Avenue Association announced Friday.

The new Open Street program, called Fifth Avenue for All, closes the iconic nine-block commercial corridor from 48th to 57th Streets on December 4, 11 and 18. No car will be allowed in that area from noon to 6 pm on those days

According to the association, the goal is to provide “a unique holiday experience for families and tourists of all ages” as the Big Apple looks to continue its post-pandemic recovery during the busiest shopping season of the year.

World-famous Christmas windows from Saks and Bergdorf Goodman are already on full display. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, newly lit in all its glory this week, sits right in the middle of it all. Don’t miss the oversized red holiday mailbox on 51st Street, which will collect letters for Santa. They will be sent to the “North Pole” and the responses will be posted.

They also come to Fifth Avenue on those three Sundays: food stands, rest areas, and, you know, live music.

Brooklyn United, a community group serving the youth of New York City, kicks off a three-week experience this Sunday at noon at Fifth Avenue and 50th Street between Saks and St. Patrick’s with a marching band and special guests performing Is.

The popular oversized light-up toys will also be back on Fifth Avenue this season through January 7 with special donations to the community. The QR codes on each toy offer an opportunity to donate directly to Food Bank of New York City, New York’s largest hunger relief organization and Fifth Avenue’s charitable partner, this season.

According to the Fifth Avenue Association, more than 10 million people from around the world visit Fifth Avenue during the Christmas season. Along with all the above fun, the organizers also promise special promotions.

Association of Fifth Avenue, Ed Hogan said, “There is a certain Christmas magic that can only be found on Fifth Avenue, and year after year we welcome millions of local New Yorkers and tourists.” “We are excited to welcome our visitors this year in a fun and engaging way to appreciate everything The Avenue has to offer, with ample space to stroll and take photos, and live entertainment, world class restaurants, cultural institutions and more to enjoy. Our leading retailers offer undoubtedly the best Christmas window displays in the world.”

Showtimes (starting at West 51st Street):

December 4

  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Brooklyn United Drum Line
  • 2 pm – 2:30 pm: Brooklyn High School of the Arts Chorus
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm: Manhattan Samba

11 December

  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Brooklyn United Drum Line
  • 2 pm – 2:30 pm: Kauffman Music Center Chorus
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm: Manhattan Samba

18 December

  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Brooklyn United Drum Line
  • 2 pm – 2:30 pm: what will be announced
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm: Manhattan Samba
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