Seasonal Events | This Season’s Top 5 Holiday Markets

Holiday season is upon us! Along with it come countless opportunities to support local businesses and handmade goods in pursuit of the perfect gift. We’ve taken a look at the top five holiday market favorites that keep New York City coming back year after year, in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Prepare to be dazzled by this year’s selection of goods, and be sure to reap the benefits of their accompanying skating rinks, photo booths, live DJs and more.

1. Bank of America Winter Village

Bryant Park
October 28th through January 2nd

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More than 125 outdoor boutiques will transform Bryant Park into a Winter Wonderland! Browse vendors brimming with gift-giving ideas for everyone on your list. The artisan products include hand-crafted jewelry, decorative items, local foodstuffs and more. The Village is child- and pet-friendly with something for everyone to enjoy, not to mention the ice-skating rink at the village’s center!

2. Union Square Holiday Market

Union Square
November 16th through December 24th

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This internationally renowned Holiday Market occupies the center of the city at Union Square Park. Among the 100 vendors are exciting new sections such as Little Brooklyn and Urbanspace Provision, a warming station, a craft studio, live music and more!

3. Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar

452 + 501 Union Street, Gowanus
November 25th through 26th

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Visit the Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar for its biggest year yet. This unique event celebrates local talent with over 60 handpicked makers, delicious food and drinks, plus fun activities for the whole family at Brooklyn’s most beautiful venues. Don’t miss the live DJ, photo booth and chance to check everyone off your gift list.

4. Astoria Market Holiday Market

29-12 24th Avenue, Astoria
December 3rd, 10th, 17th

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This artisan market is filled to the brim with handmade, baked and vintage goods. Situated in the Main Hall of the renowned Bohemian Hall & Garden, the holiday market will convene for three Sundays in December. This popular Queens event is the perfect place to stop by to support local wares and vintage merchandise!

5. The Holiday Handmade Cavalcade

December 8th through 10th
Corner of Broadway and Great Jones Street, Manhattan
December 16th through 17th
Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Heights

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Now in its 9th year, the Handmade Cavalcade is the perfect gathering place for holiday shoppers looking for the most thoughtful and unique gifts. Comprised of members from the NY Handmade Collective (formerly the Etsy NY Team), the market showcases a curated selection of handmade wares from indie vendors, all based within the tri-state area. Be sure to check out this event, which started as a small DIY gathering and has grown into a time-honored NYC tradition!

Holidays | Your Guide to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

No matter the year and no matter the weather, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade never disappoints. Since 1924, the parade has ushered in the holiday spirit with its cheerful performers, huge balloons and ornate floats. Whether you join another world-famous cast of characters in the heart of the city, or choose to watch from the comfort of your living room while you prepare a Thanksgiving feast, be sure to get all the details regarding the 2017 Parade below.

Pre-Show Fun:

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A tradition just as time-honored as the main event, the Parade Balloon Inflation occurs nearby the American Museum of Natural History from 3:00 to 10:00pm on Wednesday, November 22nd. Weave through the awe-struck crowd as you watch your favorite characters take shape and prepare for their trip through the city!

Where to Watch:

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Witness the parade in all of its splendor along its familiar two-and-a-half-mile route. The parade will begin at 9:00am on Central Park West at 77th Street, and travel south until it wraps around the Park at 59th Street. Next, it will turn onto Sixth Avenue and again travel south, culminating at Macy’s Herald Square on 34th Street. Of course, you can always watch the show from your living room live on NBC.

Who to Watch:

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Some of your all-time favorite characters will join new trends at the 2017 Parade. Keep your eyes peeled for all balloons including Pillsbury Doughboy, Ice Age’s Scrat (and his Acorn), Ronald McDonald, Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s Greg Heffley, and of course, Charlie Brown. The parade would be nothing without its floats; so be sure to welcome the Big Apple, The Aloha Spirit, and Santa’s Sleigh. Dancing performers, marching bands and singing groups will make this parade one you’ll never forget.

 

Food News | 5 Tasty Side Dishes to Bring to Thanksgiving Dinner

Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner or just in charge of bringing the pumpkin pie, this holiday is best spent inside the kitchen. Below, we have compiled five easy recipes for side dishes designed to perfectly accompany the turkey, and ones that are both traditional and unique! For more fun recipes, be sure to check out Country Living’s ultimate list. And, wherever you feast this Thanksgiving, we wish you a happy holiday spent with friends, family and food!

1. Fresh Herb Spoon Rolls

Prep and Cook Time: 40 minutes
Serving Size: 8

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Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted, plus more for muffin pans
1 1/4-oz package active dry yeast
1 tbsp sugar
2 cups warm water (100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit)
4 cups self-rising flour, spooned and leveled
2/3 cup chopped tender herbs (such as parsley, basil, dill and chives)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 tsp Kosher salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Butter two 12-cup standard muffin pans
Combine yeast, sugar and water.
Let stand until foamy, 4 to 6 minutes (if mixture does not foam, discard and start again).
Stir in flour, herbs, egg, salt and butter.
Transfer batter to muffin pans.
Bake until golden, 20 to 24 minutes.

2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Prep and Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10 to 12

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Ingredients:
2 lbs Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
2 tbsps olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Toss together Brussels sprouts, oil and vinegar on a large rimmed baking sheet.
Season with salt and pepper.
Roast, stirring once in the last five minutes, until tender and lightly browned, fifteen to twenty minutes.

3. Squash Casserole

Prep and Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Serving Size: 10 to 12

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Ingredients:
6 tbsps unsalted butter, divided plus more for a pan
10 medium yellow squash, sliced
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 can (10 1/2-ounce) cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup whole milk
8 ounces Cheddar cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
1 large eat, beaten
2 cups crumbled butter crackers (approximately 40)
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Butter a 9×13-inch baking dish.
Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large pot over medium heat.
Add squash, onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
Drain and roughly chop mixture; reserve.
Add soup and milk to pot and cook until warm, 1 to 2 minutes.
Whisk in cheese, 1/2 cup at a time, until melted.
Stir in egg and reserved squash mixture.
Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish.
Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter.
Add crackers and toss to coat. Sprinkle over casserole.
Bake until golden and bubbly, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm.

4. Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Star Anise

Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serving Size: 8

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Ingredients:
4 whole allspice berries
2 whole star anise
3/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup sugar
12 oz. fresh cranberries
Zest strips from 1/2 orange

Directions:
Gather allspice and star anise in a 4-inch square of cheesecloth and tie into a sachet.
In a medium pot over medium heat, combine sugar, orange juice, and 1/4 cup water.
Add sachet and cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar melts and liquid begins to bubble, for about 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes.
Return pot to stove over medium-high heat and add cranberries and zest.
Cook until cranberries just begin to pop, for about 7 minutes.
Discard sachet.
Transfer sauce to a medium serving container and refrigerate until chilled, for 1 hour or up to 3 days.

5. Apple Walnut Stuffing

Prep and Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Serving Size: 8 to 10

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Ingredients:
3/4 lb. mild ground pork sausage
1 medium sweet onion
2 medium Granny Smith apples
1 cup celery
2 large garlic cloves
1 cup toasted walnut
1/4 cup fresh parsley
2 tbsps fresh sage
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly grounded pepper
12 cups assorted bread cubes
2 1/2 cups low sodium turkey or chicken broth
1/4 cups melted butter

Directions:
Heat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sauté sausage and onion in a large skillet over medium heat for six minutes, or until sausage is no longer pink.
Add apples, celery and garlic cloves, sautéfor five minutes or until the apples are tender.
Stir in walnuts, parsley, sage, thyme leaves, salt and pepper.
Transfer into a large bowl. Let cool for ten minutes.
Fold in bread and broth until well blended.
Spoon into a well-greased 3-quart or 13×9-inch baking pan.
Brush top generously with butter.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 to 50 minutes or until top is crusty and brown.
Garnish, if desired!

Neighborhood Guide | Central Park South

Central Park South may only stretch three blocks, but the neighborhood never sees a shortage of activity. Extending from Columbus Circle to Fifth Avenue along the southern border of Central Park, the block is bordered on one side by the park’s plentiful trees and winding paths, and by the glamorous and busy buildings of the city on the other.

Aside from gorgeous views that the park offers with each changing season, the neighborhood is abuzz with renowned restaurants, architecturally ornate buildings and more. Check out some of its world-class destinations below!

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RESTAURANTS & DINING

Sarabeth’s
40 Central Park South

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For contemporary American fare and an inviting atmosphere, visit Sarabeth’s at one of its most well-known destinations. The neighborhood staple stands just across the street from Central Park; plan your morning, afternoon or evening around this bustling sidewalk café!

Marea
240 Central Park South

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The highly-acclaimed Marea serves Chef Michael White’s fresh interpretation of coastal seafood. The menu is modeled off of a map of the sea, offering crudo, oysters, antipasti and the chef’s award-winning hand-made pastas. The restaurant is the recipient of two Michelin stars, the 2010 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant, three stars from The New York Times, and has been recognized by Bon Appetit, Esquire, GQ Magazines and Zagat.

CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

Galeries Bartoux
104 Central Park South

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An established staple to the art market since 1993, Galeries Bartoux promotes international contemporary artists and represents a varied collection of their works. The gallery also has locations in France and abroad, and showcases some of the best artwork from the 20th century to today.

Central Park

No matter the season, Central Park stands as an outdoor oasis for all residents and visitors of the concrete jungle, with its blooming fields in the spring and ice skating rinks in the winter. Take a guided tour of its historic grounds, attend a Summer Stage concert or amble its winding paths at your own leisure!

SHOPPING

The Plaza Boutique & Beauty Shoppe
Fifth Avenue at Central Park South

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Situated inside the renowned Plaza Hotel is a collection of some of the city’s finest shops, offering everything from perfume and jewelry to artwork and more. Browse for gifts, souvenirs and simple indulgences inside one of the world’s most famous hotels!

Danielli Fine Jewelry
160 Central Park South

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For over 26 years, Danielli Fine Jewelry has dazzled both locals and guests from abroad with its carefully curated selection of upscale exquisite jewelry. Offering a showcase of brilliant diamonds, gold, precious stones and pearls, this magnificent shop inside the JW Marriot Essex House Hotel presents personalized service to both jewelry novices and experienced collectors alike.

FITNESS & SPA

exhale New York 
150 Central Park South

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Situated on Central Park South, exhale New York stands as a spa sanctuary, yoga studio and workout space all in one. The schedule of classes includes Barre, Cardio, Yoga and HIIT, and the spa wing accommodates facials, massage, waxing, acupuncture, manicures and pedicures.

New York Athletic Club
180 Central Park South

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This private social athletic club was founded in 1866, and today upholds its inherent air of exclusivity, as membership is available by invitation only. Those of you with the lucky ticket can participate in the club’s many sports, including rowing, wrestling, fencing, judo, swimming, basketball, soccer, squash and more!

TOWN International | What $1 Million Can Buy Around The World

TOWN International is pleased to present a round-up of ten premier properties from around the world priced at or around $1,000,000 US dollars, courtesy of our extensive global network of industry-leading affiliates. Though each property shares a common price tag with its counterparts, all stand out within their respective communities and offer opportunities to achieve five-star living in their own unique ways. With extensive views ranging from Costa del Sol to St. James, and amenities including rooftop decks and proximity to only the finest neighborhood establishments, these properties truly have it all.

For more information about these standout homes, please contact the International Sales Desk at internationalsales@townresidential.com.

1. Royal Westmoreland | Forest Hills, Barbados

Bed: 3, Bath: 3
Price: $950,000

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Located in the world-renowned Royal Westmoreland Resort on the west coast of Barbados, this townhouse offers a total of three spacious bedroom suites, two of which are located on the lower level in the main house and the third in a separate cottage to the side of the home. Beautifully positioned with a panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea, the villa offers spacious living and dining areas, an upgraded kitchen and ideal size patio for barbecuing and outdoor dining.

2. 415 Newark Street | Hoboken, New Jersey

Bed: 3, Bath: 2
Price: $965,000

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This spacious, 1,550-square-foot corner residence is drenched in natural sunlight and set in a steel and concrete building offering an elevator, deeded garage parking and sizable gym, and is situated in a prime downtown Hoboken location. Available as a two-bedroom and den or a three-bedroom home, the fantastic open layout includes a large, northwest-facing private terrace. Custom, motorized shades have been installed in the living room and bedrooms to accommodate every time of day and season.

3. Vera Road, Fulham | London, United Kingdom

Bed: 2, Bath: 1
Price: $988,800

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This attractive, two-bedroom garden flat offers wonderfully proportioned and immaculate accommodations with two good sized double bedrooms and a lovely 18′ 10 x 12′ 4 kitchen/ dining/ reception room opening onto a private garden. Vera Road runs west from Munster Road just north of Fulham Road, and is nearby many restaurants, green spaces and transportation options.

4. 88 Blue Jays Way | Toronto, Ontario

Bed: 2, Bath: 2
Price: $1,127,900

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Welcome to Toronto’s Bisha Private Residences & Boutique Hotel. This new standard of elegance is located in the heart of the Entertainment District, and features contemporary, urban design and jaw-dropping views. Feel the vibrancy of the most exciting address you will call home, with 9-foot ceilings, massive windows, a natural stone kitchen and endless amenities.

5. Estepona Duplex | Costa del Sol, Spain

Bed: 4, Bath: 3
Price: $954,100

Courtesy of Gilmar Real Estate

This beautiful duplex is located in a new development in Estepona, with 186,000 square meters of private domain. It stands as a fully enclosed condominium with high-quality homes, where the concepts of security, privacy, quality, exclusive services and modernity offer a new standard of development. The property is located within a protected natural environment, offering beautiful views of the forest of Los Realos on the Mediterranean coast. 

6. 120 S Ocean Drive | Palm Beach, Florida

Bed: 2, Bath: 2.5
Price: $1,000,000

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Due for completion within 18 to 24 months, this property will feature eight new luxurious direct ocean view residences. Amenities include a spectacular rooftop pool, and a sun terrace with magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean, surf and Deerfield Beach seashore. With a contemporary open floor plan, oversized wrap-around balconies, contemporary kitchens and porcelain floors throughout, these residences will deliver the ultimate Palm Beach living experience.

7. 250 Sunny Isles Boulevard | Miami, Florida

Bed: 2, Bath: 2.5
Price: $1,080,000

Courtesy of Fortune International Group

This beautiful townhouse unit offers extreme privacy and private garage access at the elegant St. Tropez building in Sunny Isles. St. Tropez is a bay-front property located in the heart of Sunny Isles, featuring beautiful common areas and amenities. Situated within walking proximity to the beach and nearby the Bal Harbor Shops and Aventura Mall, this must-see property is great for investors and families alike.

8. Oxford Villas | Jumeirah Village Circle, Dubai

Bed: 4, Bath: 5
Price: $770,500

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With branded high-quality fit and finishes, this is an incredible spacious four-bedroom, five-bathroom plus maid’s room townhouse with park views. This townhouse is located in the luxurious Signature Villas, ideally situated at Jumeirah Village Circle popularly known as the heart of Dubai. The villa offers the luxury of tranquility and  community, plus modern amenities, personal patios, and the opportunity to embrace the Signature lifestyle.

9. 405 West 21st Street | Chelsea, Manhattan

Bed: 1, Bath: 1
Price: $995,000

Courtesy of TOWN Residential

This charming south-facing West Chelsea brownstone co-op with condo-like flexibility stands on one of the most beautiful and sought-after blocks in the neighborhood. The sundrenched space features original exposed brick, a working wood-burning fireplace, oak hardwood floors and 11-foot ceilings throughout. The ultra-modern chef’s kitchen includes Silestone countertops, a breakfast bar, ample custom cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, and the spa-like bathroom includes modern fixtures.

10. 393 Sumpter Street | Ocean Hill, Brooklyn

Bed: 4, Bath: 4
Price: $875,000

Courtesy of TOWN Residential

Be the first to live in this beautifully gut-renovated four-bedroom, four-bathroom semi-detached home in the Ocean Hill section of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Inside this single-family modern home with an updated facade, you’ll find a sunny and bright abode filled with gorgeous living spaces and impeccable finishes. Live like royalty in the stunning great room while gorgeous marble floors run underfoot and tall windows flood the space with light. Two large skylights upstairs carry the sunny exposures throughout.


Prioritizing genuine relationships with best-in-class local experts, TOWN Residential created a powerful network of more than 3,200 professionals within more than 180 offices spanning five continents. Clients and customers benefit from seamless interactions with Fortune International Group, South Florida’s pre-eminent fully integrated real estate firm with a reach that extends into Latin America; Chestertons, one of the premier real estate firms in London and the Middle East; Gilmar, Spain’s largest real estate network headquartered in Madrid; Forest Hill Real Estate Inc., Toronto’s leading real estate firm specializing in the sale of luxury homes and commercial properties; The Fite Group Luxury Homes, the market-leading independent luxury real estate firm in Palm Beach, Florida; and AVENUE Residential, the leading Hoboken-based brokerage, serving Hoboken, Jersey City, Weehawken and surrounding areas.