NYC for the Holidays

Avenue Queue

by David Sokol

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  • Destination: MoMA Design Store
    11 W. 53rd St., 212-708-9700, Manhattan
    Alternatives: Brooklyn Flea
    1 Hanson Place, 718-935-1052, Brooklyn
    Grand Central Holiday Gift Fair
    Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall, Park Avenue and East 42nd Street, Manhattan
    The MoMA Store's inventory seems handpicked for stuffing the stockings of culture aficionados. Gifts largely fall in the categories of jewelry, tableware, household devices and furniture, and Museum of Modern Art curators approve all these items before they hit the sales floor. Bookshelves represent the museum's breadth beyond design, with titles in art, architecture, photography and sculpture. Wrapping up its fourth year, the Brooklyn Flea is already considered another institution for outfitting homes and fashion ensembles. Vendors specialize in antiques, crafts and collectibles, and through March the market will operate indoors at Skylight One Hanson (the former Williamsburg Savings Bank). Back in Manhattan, the Grand Central Holiday Gift Fair caters to tastes that run somewhere between über-modern and hip vintage. Gift purveyors take over 12,000 square feet of the transportation hub for a limited time. These European-style stalls stay open for business through Christmas Eve.

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