Now Open: Bryant Park Holiday Shops

The holiday shops at Bryant Park opened quite a bit earlier this year (we'd say too early), lighting up midtown with booths filled with jewelry, hot cider, holiday ornaments, and plenty of tchotchkes.

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The holiday shops at Bryant Park opened quite a bit earlier this year (we'd say too early), lighting up midtown with booths filled with jewelry, hot cider, holiday ornaments, and plenty of tchotchkes.
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If one was looking for clues that the holiday market was a bit early this year, one needn't look any further than the outdoor bar, where patrons sipped drinks wearing only lightweight jackets.
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Meanwhile, across the park, people were taking advange of the newly opened skating rink. (Again, wearing only lightweight jackets.)
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The structure above the skating rink -- which one vendor told us was soon to be a restaurant -- was not yet completed.
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Around the rink, little shops emit a warm glow and holiday lights.
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All manner of holiday and Christmas-themed shops were already selling tons of ornaments, festive decor, and more.
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The Bryant Park fountain, surrounded by dozens of little shops.
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Jewelry and accessories are the reigning stock-in-trade at the holiday shops, with vendors finding new and original ways to display their wares. Here, charming necklaces hang from a tree at Friction Jewelry and Grace Oliver.
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Some shops really did stand above the others in terms of decor -- a pink chandelier and boudoir-like wallpaper at "Miss Hoe" (which we seriously hope is a play on "Mistletoe") added an eye-catching draw.
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Hungry? There's plenty of sugary delights to tempt you -- just don't expect too many healthy snacks.
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Hot apple cider vendors waited for customers in the 60-degree November night.
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Some vendors offered some incredibly specific stores, like this one that featured only animal clocks with wagging pendulum tails.
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The early opening may have left some vendors scrambling to get ready -- we noticed a number of shops like this one that had been papered over and were not yet open.
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This one struck a particular chord: Alas, the store marked "It's Always Christmas In New York" is not yet open for business.
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