As a Brooklyn-based photographer, my own hometown of New York City makes for the best impromptu shoots. Since the holidays were quickly approaching, I thought I’d spend the day shopping and enjoying the sites around Union Square. So I grabbed my new Canon PowerShot G5 X, carry bags for all that I was going to buy, and headed to one of my favorite areas of the city.
Union Square Greenmarket
Even in the winter months you’ll find the Union Square Greenmarket overflowing with goodness and an over abundance of produce. Treats being sold include apple butter from Phillips Farms and sourdough bread from She Wolf bakery. The 3-Corner Field Farm booth sells things like grass-fed sheep cheeses, grass-fed lamb, and knitting wool. I even came across certain items that I've never seen before like purple cauliflower and, of course, I needed to capture that image.
Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. l Union Square l Free l website
Union Square Holiday Market
At the other end of Union Square, the Holiday Market is in full swing this week. It’s an eclectic mix of more than 150 vendors that really makes this market super fun to walk around. There are so many gift ideas including handmade jewelry, fresh-cut fudge, books, organic skincare, original artwork on graphic tees and more.
Open daily through December 24 l Union Square l Free l website
If your focus for holiday shopping is toy-centric then Kidding Around is the place to be. The owners have been selling toys for more than 20 years and they willingly share their excitement to help you find the perfect gift for the youngest of gift recipients.
Open daily l 60 West 15th Street l website
The New York Pops: It’s Christmas Time in the City
The name of this show says it all except that you also add Tony Award nominees Stephanie J. Block (Wicked) and Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek the Musical and Something Rotten!) to the mix. They sing holiday favorites at Carnegie Hall with the symphonic orchestra.
8 p.m. l 57th Street and Seventh Avenue l website l From $20
Lillie’s Union Square
Reward yourself after a productive day of shopping with a drink or dinner at this intimate bar/restaurant. Its holiday spirit décor will add to the merriment of the day as will its Victorian-era ambiance. Try and nab one of the red plush velvet booths in the back for a cozy feel to go with your local beer and burger.
Open daily l 13 East 17th Street l website
Gabriela Herman is a Brooklyn-based professional photographer who specializes in travel, food, lifestyle and portrait work around the globe.