Architecture News | New York City from the Sky

At TOWN Residential, we are big supporters of #LookUpNY, our celebration of those hidden architectural gems that make this city so special, whether atop buildings, written on street signs and inside iconic structures. But for artist Jeffrey Milstein, the sky is just the beginning. Equipped with a pilots license and inside a helicopter, he trains his camera lens down towards the Concrete Jungle, and the results may just change the way you think about New York City forever. He recently published his work featuring both New York and Los Angeles in LA NY. Check out some highlights of his work below, and be sure to see the full portfolio here.

Hudson Yards trains
Governors Island
Stuyvesant Town
Columbus Circle
Statue of Liberty
Museum of Natural History
Thanksgiving Day Parade

For more aerial photographs, view the full portfolio here.

Neighborhood Spotlight | A Midtown Manhattan Holiday

Often broken down into many micro-neighborhoods, Midtown Manhattan from its widest boundaries comprises the area between the Hudson and East Rivers, and from Central Park South down to 14th Street. Though constantly buzzing, this area is never more alive than it is during the holiday season. Below, we’ve mapped out just how you can maximize this neighborhood’s many offerings over the course of the next few exciting weeks.

1. Indulge in tradition

Image Courtesy Jake Rajs

There’s a reason Midtown is so heavily populated by tourists; it’s the place to be! While you won’t be able to avoid crowds at some of these seasonal standouts, they’re definitely worth the trip. Ice skate at Rockefeller Center beside the spectacular 75-foot Christmas Tree, witness the historic ball drop on New Year’s Eve at Times Square; and satisfy your showtime fix by seeing a show or two on Broadway!

Image Courtesy La Grenouille

2. Take a break from holiday baking

Ice skating, listening to show tunes and carrying shopping bags can certainly work up the appetite. Your time in Midtown need not go without a good meal! Some neighborhood favorites include Sushi Ginza Onodera where two Michelin stars meet upscale Japanese cuisine, Ellen’s Stardust Diner where the waitstaff doubles as Broadway stars, Marea where high-end seafood meets housemade pastas, Benares where vegetarian dishes and Indian favorites abound and La Grenouille where French delicacies are presented as art.

Images Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman

3. Send the bill to Santa

Just one stroll up or down Fifth Avenue can take care of just about everyone on your holiday gift list. The strip has been known far and wide as one of the most luxurious stretches of retail in the nation for over 100 years, and continues to welcome fashionistas day in and day out. Pop into high-end household names like Bergdorf Goodman, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana; splurge on jewels at Tiffany & Co., Bulgari and Cartier; find the perfect toys at the LEGO Store and the American Girl Place; or stop in the main branch of the New York Public Library to give the gift of reading. Even if you’re not shopping, Fifth Avenue’s elaborate holiday window displays can make for a very entertaining afternoon.

Music & Theater | Holiday Happenings

Many attest that the holiday season is the best time of year for the family, and a plethora of feel-good musicals and theatrical events throughout the city definitely supports the sentiment. In between your holiday shopping, decorating and baking this season, be sure to pencil in time to witness the splendor of these shows, whether a timeless favorite or a newcomer on the scene!

1. Elf The Musical

December 13th through December 29th
Madison Square Garden Theater, 4 Penn Plaza

Image Courtesy New York City Theatre

Based on the beloved comedy, this musical features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Skylar and Chad Beguelin. Follow Buddy on his journey to meet his real dad, one syrup-soaked plate of spaghetti at a time!

2. The Nutcracker

Through December 31st
Lincoln Center, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza

Image Courtesy New York City Ballet

Choreography by George Balanchine

This holiday season, witness the grandeur of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker as the New York City Ballet performs it on stage. Comprised of 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands and two casts of 50 students from the School of American Ballet, this performance features Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky’s captivating music as the backdrop for the timeless story of a young girl, toy soldiers and mischievous mice.

3. Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Through January 1st
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas

Image Courtesy Karen Rubin via News & Photo Features

Prepare to be dazzled by the annual Christmas spectacular, each year more flawless than the last! With their seamless choreography and festive costumes, the Rockettes will certainly kick you into the holiday spirit during the show. Bring the whole family to this timeless event!

4. A Christmas Carol

December 11th
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 68th Street between Park and Lex

Image Courtesy Playbill

For one night only, a roster of Tony Award-winners will reenact Charles Dickens’ famous A Christmas Carol in a benefit reading. Directed by Joe Dowling, the reading will be led by industry all-stars David Hyde Pierce, John Glover, Harriet Harris and Julie White. Don’t miss this adaptation; all proceeds will benefit The Acting Company.

5. Bagels form Benny, The Musical

December 8th through 17th
Weill Art Gallery, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue

Image Courtesy 92Y

92Y and PJ Library present this joyful adaptation of Aubrey Davis’ charming children’s book, Bagels From Benny. Perfect for children and the whole family, this performance features a young Jewish boy named Benny and his charming journey to build a sense of community and find joy in giving thanks.