It might not come as too much of a surprise to learn that I was kind of a weird kid. For a portion of my youth, my family would drive down to Singapore where we’d meet up with extended family members and venture on a vacation together. Riding high on the success of a couple of short cruises to Indonesia, the adults tossed around Disneyland as an ambitious follow-up. I remember thinking to myself, “But Disneyland sounds so boring, it’s just going to be a bunch of kids running around.”
Did I mention? I was seven at the time.
I continued to feel the same way about circuses and amusement parks. But as I matured it was only a matter of time before I was drawn into the fantastical landscape conjured up in books like Water for Elephants and Night Circus. The allure of discovering oddities and meeting eccentric characters seemed infinitely charming. And the sense that it was fleeting, terminally impermanent, only added to its mystical quality.
Macy’s seems to have capitalized on that very same magic when it selected the Carnival theme for this year’s Macy’s Flower Show. At its flagship store in Midtown Manhattan, the retail behemoth treats its visitors to a spring festival every year that takes place independent of the weather forecast. In fashionable tradition, talented floral designers put together awe-inspiring installations and arrangements throughout its grounds. (Which, by the way, is about 1.1 million square feet!)
In addition to the impressive floral designs, the Macy’s Flower Show also anchors several fun events throughout the store. Visitors can learn how to make bouquets or attend a special cooking event. Don’t miss this year’s GODIVA event, where Chef Thierry Muret will create a chocolate sculpture while spectators enjoy a live jazz performance. All the Macy’s Flower Show events can be found here.
Macy’s has occupied its Herald Square location on 34th Street since 1902, and the building has been a National Historic Landmark since 1978. The Macy’s Flower Show is a great time to get reacquainted with a slice of New York City history which, when we’re not shopping for shoes, we often take for granted.
151 W 34th St
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m
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Dessert at Bibble & Sip
The population of Midtown Manhattan is largely made up of two demographics: the people who work there, and the out-of-towners. So when it comes to food, chains that offer the professionals something quick-and-easy and are simultaneously recognizable to visitors tend to win out. But venture just a little bit off the beaten path, and you’ll be rewarded.
May we suggest Bibble & Sip, a quaint, family-run bakery that offers great French-style pastries with Asian flair. An example of this happy marriage can be found in their wildly popular cream puffs. The pastries come in flavors like vanilla, matcha and black sesame, and have crunchy exteriors to contrast the gooey interiors. You’ll also find interesting combinations like their Pistachio Cake with matcha white chocolate mousse and raspberry gelee. Our personal favorite? The banana bread infused with earl grey. Coffee fans also shouldn’t miss the specialty matcha jasmine and lavender lattes.
Oh, and the alpaca theme throughout the store is pretty darn cute, too.
253 W 51st St
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m