New Yorker Moments

The week before Christmas always feels a little chaotic…tacky Christmas sweater parties to attend, egg nog to be guzzled, and work projects to tie up before 2013 comes a ringing.  With all the hustle and bustle, it’s also an important time of year to carve out time in your schedule for those who may be feeling a void.  Whether you bring cookies to an elderly neighbor, spend an hour playing with the dogs at your local animal shelter, donate money to the memory of the Newton angels and their families, serve at your neighborhood soup kitchen, or make a resolution to be a mentor to a NYC kid that could really use the extra love and guidance in 2013, we know that each good deed spurs a little more happiness in the life of another.  And what better way to wrap up 2012 than with an extra dose or two of happy?

What’s your favorite way to bring smiles to others this time of year?


{An annual Jess tradition: caroling on the steps of St. Bart’s to the good people of NYC}

{I was sick for a few days, and a dear friend made me one of my favorite European breakfasts: lokume and Nutella}

{Watching “Holiday Under The Stars” at Time Warner Center, being displayed until January 3, 2013}

{Gillman dressed in his reindeer costume to bring holiday treats to our neighbors}

{A pile of brown paper packages tied up with string…also one of my favorite things}


By: Jessica Tiare Bowen




  • NYC is fun this time of year! I remember…

    Happy holiday


  • I would love to visit NYC during the holidays and feel all that festive energy. The cold temps at this time always hold me back but I think I just need to brave it one of these days :) Your Gillman is absolutely adorable! That star picture is awesome and I love all the colors and reflection on it.

    • Used York City says:

      Haha, the cold IS daunting even for us locals, but you’ll be doing so much walking, you *eventually* warm up. Eventually:-)

  • I just got home from being almost a month on the road, and yes, I have to face Christmas shopping sooner or later (actually, I *have* to do it tomorrow!). It can get really stressful, but it’s a nice kind of stress :) I hope to celebrate NYE in NY at least once in my life, though my NYer friend told me it’s just for tourists hehe

    • Used York City says:

      Best of luck with the Christmas shopping! And you definitely should do a New Years in the city…an experience you’ll never forget!:-)

    • Michelle says:

      Aleah, you can do the All Access Pass: hang out at the best clubs in and near Times Square, avoid the crowds, see the ball drop at midnight, then go back into a club to dance the night away. Much better than standing within the barricades for 12 hours. :)

      • Used York City says:

        Such a fantastic suggestion! I’m gonna have to try that out for myself one of these New Years:-)

  • Stevie says:

    so very NYC >. I have missed that city

  • OMG where did you get Gilman’s reindeer sweater? That is toooo cute! I just got back into New York and am finally feeling the Christmas spirit! It’s been a whirlwind of holiday parties, catching up with friends, and trying to find a white Christmas tree! I will be volunteering with the Sandy hurricane victims next week for Christmas so that will be my “me” time. p.s. I love SABON!

    • Used York City says:

      I picked it up at Target a few years ago, and it’s been a staple in his Christmas wardrobe ever since:-) Welcome back to NYC, yay! That’s fantastic that you’ll be volunteering with the Sandy folks, I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  • Of course I love the dog photo!

  • Bella says:

    The best city, the greatest country, and the best New Yorkers… God bless

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