Lady Bears To Visit Saint Peter’s On Monday


Game 7 (Non-Conference)
Morgan State “Lady Bears” (2-4, 0-0 MEAC) at Saint Peter’s “Peacocks” (1-4, 0-0 MAAC)
Date: Monday, November 29, 2021
Site: Jersey City, N.J.(Run Baby Run Arena)
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
Series: Saint Peter’s leads, 11-2
Network: ESPN3
Live Stats: Here
 
BALTIMORE, Md. (Nov. 28, 2021)-The Lady Bears, who completed a successful two-game homestand, by going unbeaten, will travel to Jersey City, N.J. to take on Saint Peter’s in a non-conference game at Run Baby Run Arena. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. This will be the 14th meeting between the two programs with Morgan State holding an 11-2 series lead.
 
BEAR CLAWS: After dropping its first four games to start the season, the Lady Bears (2-4) have won two straight, following its 73-34 victory over Washington Adventist (11/24). Dahnye Redd and Charlene Shepherd each scored a team-high 10 points and Maiya Bumbray came off the bench to pull down a team-leading six rebounds. Redd shot 5-of-10 from the floor and added two rebounds, a block and a steal. Shepherd shot 3-of-5 and went 4-for-6 from the free throw line. Shepherd would also record two rebounds, a block and a steal.
 
ABOUT THE PEACOCKS: Saint Peter’s (1-4) enters the contest on a two-game losing skid. The Peacocks dropped a 67-61 decision on the road at NJIT on Saturday. Kendrea Williams scored a game-high 19 points for the Peacocks, while Kassondra Brown added a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. It was the second double-double of the season for Brown.
 
MSU VS. SAINT PETER’S: Saint Peter’s leads the all-time series, 11-2. Morgan State and the Peacocks last met on Dec. 5, 2020 at Hill Field House, with the Lady Bears earning a 65-57 victory.
 
NEXT UP: The Lady Bears will visit Navy on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. in Annapolis, Md.
 
PROTECTING THE ‘HOUSE’: Morgan State picked up right where it left off the season before, by defending its home floor and earning two home wins in as many tries to begin the 2021-22 home slate. With the wins, Morgan State has now won 19 of its last 21 home games dating back to the 2018-19 season finale. During last year’s abbreviated season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, MSU went 6-1 at Hill Field House. The season before that the Lady Bears concluded the 2019-20 season with a 10-1 home record, which was the program’s best home court mark since the 2017-18 team finished 10-3.
 
REDD NAMED MEAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Graduate forward Dahnye Redd was named MEA Defensive Player of the Week (11/23). The Darby, Pa. native grabbed 14 rebounds (eight on the defensive end), recorded three steals and added 16 points in an 87-35 win over Notre Dame of Maryland. Earlier in the week, Redd had two defensive rebounds and a steal at Syracuse (11/9).  
 
UNBEATEN STREAKS ON THE LINE: Morgan State will enter the 2021-22 campaign looking to remain unbeaten against two teams on the schedule: Notre Dame of Maryland and Washington Adventist. The Lady Bears, who are 4-0 all-time against the Gators, will host Notre Dame of Maryland on Nov. 19 and the Shock of Washington Adventist on Nov. 24. Morgan State and Notre Dame last met on Nov. 8, 2019 at Hill Field House, with the Lady Bears earning a 113-34 victory. Morgan State and Washington Adventist last met also during the 2019-20 season with the Lady Bears handing the Shock an 84-52 loss on Nov. 11, 2019. Morgan State improved to 5-0 all-time against the Shock with the win.
 
TURNING UP THE PRESSURE: Morgan State forced an opponent season-high 40 turnovers out of Washington Adventist (11/24) and turned those turnovers into 40 points. 30 of the turnovers were by way of steals with Adia Brisker and Jayla Atmore leading the way with five steals apiece. The 40 turnovers surpassed the previous season high of 36 turnovers by Notre Dame of Maryland (11/19). The Lady Bears scored a season-high 48 points off of Notre Dame’s turnovers.
 
BRISKER DROPS 22 ON DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: Junior guard Adia Brisker totaled a game-high 22 points in Morgan State’s 91-36 loss at third-ranked and defending national champion Stanford (11/11). The Pittsburgh native shot 6-of-10 from the field, including 2-for-2 from beyond the arc and connected on 8-of-10 free throws. She also led Morgan with four rebounds and tied a game-high three steals.
 
MORGAN IN SEASON OPENERS: The Lady Bears are 12-33 all-time in season openers dating back to 1977, following 69-53 loss at San Francisco (11/9). It was the seventh season opening loss for the Lady Bears in nine years. Morgan State at one point had lost 23 straight openers, prior to winning three straight from 2006-08.
 
DAVIS A THREE-TIME HALL OF FAMER: Morgan State head coach Ed Davis Jr. was inducted into his third Hall of Fame in September 2017, when his 2006-07 Delaware State women’s basketball team was inducted for capturing the 2007 MEAC title. Davis was also inducted into the Bowie State University Hall of Fame in 2014 as a coach, where he guided the Lady Bulldogs to three CIAA titles and a pair of Division II “Sweet 16” appearances and in 2008 he was inducted into the West Virginia State University Hall of Fame as a basketball player.
 
GOING BACK TO CALI: Morgan State opened up the 2021-22 season with a trip California where it faced the University of San Francisco in the season opener on Nov. 9, following by a match-up against #3 Stanford on Thursday, Nov. 11. It was the program’s first trip back to California since the 2001-02 season, when the Lady Bears faced both Cal State Fullerton and the University of Southern California.
 
HOMECOMING: Morgan freshmen and California natives Joel Benoit and Emily Jones had a homecoming of sorts when the Lady Bears began the season with two games in California. Benoit is from Sacramento and played at Indurkum High School, while Jones from San Francisco, played at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory. The Lady Bears opened the season at the University of San Francisco (11/9) and at Stanford (11/11).
 
MORGAN PICKED SECOND IN MEAC: Morgan was picked to finish second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Preseason Poll, as voted by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. It marked the second consecutive season that the Lady Bears have been picked to finish second in the league’s preseason poll. Last season, Morgan was picked to finish second in the then MEAC Northern Division poll, and did just that. The Lady Bears would go 12-4 overall and went 8-2 in division play to place second. Morgan would advance to the semifinals of the MEAC Tournament, falling to eventual champion, North Carolina A&T.
 
REDD NAMED PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Graduate player Dahnye Redd was named 2021-22 MEAC Preseason Player of the Year. Redd becomes the first Lady Bears to receive that honor since Morgan State star and 2021 MSU Hall of Fame inductee Corin “Tiny” Adams earned the selection for the 2009-10 season. A first-team All-MEAC selection from last season, Redd scored in double figures 11 times in 15 games, including a pair of 20-game efforts and two double-doubles. The Darby, Pa. native ranked sixth in the league in scoring (13.5) and rebounding (7.3). She also ranked fifth in the MEAC in offensive rebounds (3.1), seventh in free throw percentage (.773) and eighth in field goal percentage (.403). In MEAC play, Redd was fifth in field goal percentage (.400), seventh in scoring (12.5) and ninth in rebounding (6.9). She was a MEAC Co-Player of the Week selection (1/9 and a two-time College Sports Madness MEAC Player of the Week (11/30 and 11/4).
 
MCCALLA, HENSON, BRISKER EARN MEAC PRESEASON HONORS: Senior guard Ashia McCalla and junior guard Ja’Niah Henson were selected to the Preseason All-MEAC first team and junior forward Adia Brisker was named to the third team. McCalla started all 16 games a season ago and averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. A native of Greenbelt, Md., McCalla, who was an All-MEAC third team selection a year ago, ranked 15th in the MEAC in scoring and reached double figures in scoring 11 times. A native of Baltimore, Md., Henson earned All-MEAC second team honors during the 2020-21 campaign after averaging 11.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 31.4 minutes per game. A College Sports Madness MEAC Player of the Week (2/8), Henson started all 16 games and ranked 14th in the MEAC in scoring and was third in free throw percentage. Brisker concluded her sophomore campaign and first season as a Lady Bear by being named to the MEAC All-Tournament Team last season. She started in three of the 16 games and averaged 8.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Brisker recorded a season-high 23 points, while shooting 7-of-8 from the free throw line (87%) and grabbed three rebounds in the MEAC semifinal game against North Carolina A&T State (3/12).
  
GRAHAM NAMED ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH: Morgan State head coach Edward Davis on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 officially announced the promotion of Donchez Graham to associate head coach. Graham, who is in his second stint at Morgan State, enters his 10th overall season with the Lady Bears’ program and first as associate head coach. Graham had previously spent four seasons at MSU, joining the staff for the 2005-06 campaign. During his first stint, Graham helped lead the Lady Bears to 58 victories in those four seasons. In his second season, the Lady Bears reached the 2007 MEAC title game and by the third season they had set a school record 19 wins on the Division I level. After successful stints at West Virginia and the University of Charleston in South Carolina, Graham returned to Morgan State for the 2016-17 season.
 
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: The Lady Bears welcome a total of eight newcomers this season, including three transfer players who are coming from four-year Universities and five freshmen. Senior forward Charlene Shepherd comes to Morgan State from the University of North Texas, senior forward Taylor Addison transferred from Mount St. Mary’s University and junior forward Sunshine McCrae transferred from UNC-Wilmington. They are joined by freshmen forward Joel Benoit (Sacramento, Calif./Inderkum HS), guard Emily Jones (San Francisco, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory), guard Alaine Payne (Fort Worth, Texas/North Crowley HS), forward Kaia Ponder (Dallas, Texas/Richardson HS) and forward Fatima Black (Oklahoma City, Okla./Norman North HS).
 
REMATCH: Two of Morgan State’s non-conference opponents this season, at Saint Peter’s (Nov. 29) and at Navy (Dec. 2) are rematches from the 2020-21 campaign. Morgan State went 2-0 at home against those opponents, defeating Saint Peter’s, 65-57 and Navy, 67-63.
 
FIVE DIVISION I TRANSFERS ON ROSTER: The 2021-22 Morgan State roster will feature a total of five Division I transfers, including one graduate player. Last season Morgan State had a total of six Division I transfers on the roster. Headlining this season’s list is graduate, Jayla Atmore, who transferred to Morgan a year ago from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Junior Adia Brisker (Niagara University) also came to Morgan last season. Atmore and Brisker are joined by senior newcomers Taylor Addison (Mount St. Mary’s) and Charlene Shepherd (North Texas) and junior Sunshine McCrae (UNC-Wilmington).
  
MSU SECURES NON-CONFERENCE WINNING RECORD: The Morgan State Lady Bears went 3-1 in non-conference play during last season’s shortened scheduled due to the Covid-19 pandemic to secure their first non-conference winning record since the 2017-18 campaign (7-6). Morgan State, which began the season 3-0, secured its winning record following a 67-63 victory over the Naval Academy (12/18). The Lady Bears’ lone loss came in their non-conference finale at crosstown rival Towson (12/20).
 
SAYING GOODBYE: The Lady Bears will say goodbye to a total of eight seniors, including three graduate players at the conclusion of the season. Four-year member Ashia McCalla, three-year members and graduate players Elaija Demeza and Dahnye Redd, two-year member and graduate player Jayla Atmore and two-year members Carrie Lee and Khaliah Hines, along with newcomers Taylor Addison and Charlene Shepherd will be honored. Morgan State will honor its senior on ‘Senior Night’ when the Lady Bears host Maryland Eastern Shore on Monday, Feb. 28 in the home finale at Hill Field House.
 
2022 MEAC TOURNAMENT: The 2021 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) men’s and women’s basketball tournament is scheduled for March 9-12, 2022 at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va. The annual MEAC Basketball Tournament moved to Norfolk in 2013 after spending the previous four years in Winston-Salem, N.C. from 2009 through 2012.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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7 Incredible Christmas Window Displays To Visit Around The World


When department stores unveil their holiday windows, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. In the last 2 years, these windows have become signs of hope, goodwill, and optimism — more than ever before. 

Christmas wasn’t canceled last year, but in Melbourne, where I live, Myer, our 1911 department store, canceled its 65-year-old tradition of Christmas windows due to COVID-19 concerns. 

Melburnians were horrified as these windows equate to nostalgia and childhood memories. Each year over one million people normally file past the Bourke Street store. many with their pajama-clad children hoisted on their shoulders — their eyes agog at the window tableaus depicting treasured childhood classics such as The Nutcracker, Aladdin, and The 12 Days Of Christmas.

It felt like COVID had stolen Christmas — never mind the Grinch. 

Myer relented and created in 6 weeks windows that would normally have taken its design team six months to finalize. It based Its 2020 windows on an original story it commissioned by writer Corinne Fenton called Christmas is Uncancelled

Fenton says: “I felt strongly that the words for these windows had to be sincere, as right now the people of Melbourne need honesty. The words, ‘It’s Christmas After All’ came through loud and strong to me. After all, it infers that after all we’ve been through, in spite of the hard times, the struggles, the sickness, and the suffering, Christmas is still being celebrated by our city, by the Melbourne people, and by Myer.” 

In one tableau, Santa’s workshop was in lockdown; elves wore masks and complained how stuck and bored they felt. But how they will find a way to save Christmas. And they did.

Attendance was sparser than usual, but the show went on.

Myer rising to the occasion made me think about what Christmas means. And how it’s more than spending money on gifts and a chance for department stores to showcase their wares. So many of our famous department stores see themselves as integral to the Christmas tradition using their windows to mirror the way the world is or could be. 

So here’s what to expect from some of our best-loved department stores in our much brighter Christmas of 2021. A Christmas when people are out and about and even traveling overseas — placing them in the vicinity of some of the world’s great department stores. 

Macy's in New York City
Photo Credit: Macy’s

1. Macy’s, New York City

Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street has decorated its windows every Christmas since 1874. The store’s first Christmas window was scenes from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, using porcelain dolls. In 1883, the store introduced a panoply window (a circular track) showing Santa pulled by a reindeer. Word spread of Macy’s “miracle.” 

Holiday window displays have since become a fixture in New York City, such as those at  Lord & Taylor, Tiffany & Co., Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue. But when it comes to Christmas, people still think of Macy’s. Perhaps because scenes from the movie Miracle on 34th Street were shot in Macy’s. And many of Macy’s windows have been based on this famous film. 

Last year was different. Macy’s dedicated its 2020 holiday windows to essential workers as “a form of a thank you letter to first responders, essential workers, marchers for equality, and New Yorkers who showed their grit, good humor, and hopeful spirit” during a particularly trying year. 

This season, you can expect to meet Tiptoe, a gorgeous little blue reindeer who is too scared to fly until her friends help her out with a balloon flying machine. The balloons burst and Tiptoe discovers she can fly on her own even though she takes Santa on a bumpy ride. To fly, she only needed to believe. 

In the accompanying commercial bound to reach you in the lead-up to Christmas, Tiptoe’s story ends with a little girl at the airport reluctant to fly to grandma’s and her father alleviating her fears by telling her Tiptoe’s story. She starts to feel confident, believing that she can board that plane — a timely message as we head out into the holiday season and the world. 

Window display at Selfridges, London
Photo Credit: Selfridges

2. Selfridges, London

Many of us know of Selfridges from the British television series about the founder Harry Gordon Selfridge. In 1909, Selfridge brought his department store concept from Chicago to London, including the American way of celebrating Christmas. He had every inch of his store decorated for the festive season. But the windows were, and remain, the real crowd pleaser. Selfridges window displays are sometimes controversial but always artistic and often feature the work of hip new artists.

This year’s theme is Christmas of Dreams. The windows draw inspiration from Busby Berkeley’s 1930s Hollywood visions and technicolor film musicals from the 1950s. There’s a focus on British actress and singer Jane Horrocks and drag artist and sculptor Juno Birch. It’s like Christmas on steroids. 

In describing the dream theme, Andrew Keith, Selfridges Managing Director, said, “We know our customers have been dreaming of being together… And after a year of so many families being separated, this Christmas is for many a dream come true.” 

Photo Credit: Daniel Thierry / Paris Tourist Office

3. Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, Paris

Galeries Lafayette on Haussmann Boulevard is one of the world’s most beautiful department stores. Opened in 912, the architecture was inspired by Opéra (the Parisian opera house), and the interior features striking Art Nouveau balconies and jaw-dropping stained-glass dome. Each year, the store hangs a gigantic Christmas tree from the dazzling dome trimmed in accordance with the theme set by the window display. For example, in 2015, the window’s theme was A Christmas From Another Planet with robots, Jedi, R2D2, and Stormtroopers, so the store decorated the Christmas tree with stars and meteorites.

Last year, the windows displayed 11 scenes showing Céleste, a little girl who traveled the world to meet fantastic characters (inspired by Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince). Ironically people couldn’t travel then, but the gaily colored display lifted people’s spirits — as Christmas should. Galeries Lafayette reveals this year’s theme on November 17, 2021

Pro Tip: Galeries Lafayette is one of many incredible Christmas window displays in Paris. For a walk past the best displays, see The Best Things to Do In Paris During Christmas

"Those Who Shine" display at Brown Thomas in Dublin
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4. Brown Thomas, Dublin

The unveiling of the Brown Thomas Christmas window in Grafton Street marks the start of the festive season in Dublin. This year, Christmas came 127 days early. To make up for the Christmas that wasn’t, Brown Thomas launched the windows digitally last year. The 2021 Christmas windows are luminescent, shimmering theater sets, each representing a moment of festive celebration with a hint of glittering disco. The theme — Those Who Shine — showcases scenes around the Christmas table of people coming together with loved ones for gift giving and getting all glammed up for sparkling celebrations. A very different Christmas than last year. 

Window display at Smith & Caughey's in Auckland
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5. Smith & Caughey’s, Auckland

All major cities seem to have a department store that has stood the test of time. In Auckland, Smith & Caughey’s has been in its present Queen Street location since 1884. The store is just reopening as Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, has been closed for almost 3 months during a lockdown. The much-loved tradition of Smith & Caughey’s Christmas window depicts the children’s book The Fairies’ Night Before Christmas by New Zealand writer Sarina Dickson, illustrated by Sarah Greig. The story is a Kiwi take on The Night Before Christmas. The windows depict a forest fairy community working together under the shade of Pōhutukawa trees, a tree known as  New Zealand’s Christmas tree because of the blazing red flowers around Christmastime. The scenes show the fairies pulling together in a crisis and how resourceful, clever and adventurous they are. Onlookers will identify with the rousing scenes after what has been a challenging year. No doubt these windows will long be remembered. You can see the windows here

Window display at the McCord Museum in Montreal
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6. Ogilvy At The McCord Museum, Montréal

Many Montrealers will recall the Christmas tradition of visiting Ogilvy’s windows. The custom-made scenes by the German toy manufacturer Steiff featured mechanical toy animals, such as dancing ducks, cheeky monkeys, adorable hedge-hogs, and jumping frogs. These window displays were among the last of their kind in North America, and visiting them had been an annual tradition since 1947. 

Part of that tradition was standing in the snow and warming one hand curled around a cup of hot chocolate.

Ogilvy donated the beloved installations to the McCord Museum in 2018. The Mill in The Forest scene is outdoors, so the snow boot viewing tradition continues. The second display, The Enchanted Forest, is inside. The outside attraction is free.  The McCord Museum is also offering free entry to its interior from October 13, 2021, to January 19, 2022.

Last year, Melbourne Museum held a similar display called Make Believe the Story of the Myer Christmas Windows, showcasing 65 years of Myer’s Melbourne windows. Museums recognize how these windows are an important part of our social history — of how they offer a window into a community’s soul.

Window display at Myer in Melbourne, Australia
Photo Credit: Myer

7. Myer, Melbourne 

Myer Melbourne was started by Sidney Baevski Myer, a penniless Russian who spoke little English who emigrated to Australia in 1899 and sold goods door-to-door. His store became the biggest department store in the southern hemisphere. While no longer the largest, the store is ingrained in our culture. My parents took me to see the Myer Christmas windows when I was a child, and  I, in turn, took my children.

Myer Melbourne will launch its windows on November 14, 2021. Like many department stores, the theme is under wraps to increase the mounting excitement. But no doubt, it will be a tearjerker. I’m almost sorry I won’t be in the country to see the unveiling. But Australians can travel again, so I will visit my family in the U.S. I imagine the tears will definitely flow as Melburnians file past those famous windows, and I file past customs into the arms of family.  

In Melbourne, we spent more time under stay-at-home orders (we call them lockdowns) than any other city in the world — 262 days or nearly 9 months, since March 2020. Like many Melburnians, I stopped counting days. The Christmas windows signal our freedom. And whether it’s Fortnum & Mason, London; Bergdorf Goodman, New York City; Harvey Nichols, Edinburgh; or KaDeWe, Berlin, each city has its famous Christmas windows. What will your city’s holiday windows mean to you this year?

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10 Magical Christmas Window Displays To Visit In New York City


Christmas is a magical time in New York City. The aroma of hot apple cider and chocolate linger in the air. Holiday markets spring up around the city. The Rockefeller Christmas tree towers over midtown. New York and New Yorkers seem to slow down and speed up at the same time. Holiday cheer blankets the city and (hopefully) a dusting of snow.

New York is famous for the Christmas windows — Macy’s, Saks 5th Avenue, Tiffany’s, Bloomingdales, and many more stores have amazing window displays during the holiday season. Display themes change every year, and we eagerly await the moment in mid-to-late November when we can take a walk to view them.

Here are some of our favorite places to enjoy the seasonal displays.

Macy's Christmas Window 2020.
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1. Macy Herald Square, 151 W. 34 Street

According to local lore, Macy’s was the first store to do holiday window displays in 1874. It was followed by Saks Fifth Avenue in 1914 and Lord & Taylor in 1938. Now all the stores and malls have beautiful holiday displays. In our opinion, Macy’s still leads the way in time and presence. Santa makes his first appearance in the city at the end of Macy’s Thanksgiving Giving Day parade.

In 2020, Macy’s display was a thank you to first responders and essential workers, including a window where viewers were encouraged to clap for the essential workers like the 7 p.m. clapping that occurred early in the pandemic. Some windows were interactive, including one where you could help Santa’s sleigh fly across New York City. 

Pro Tip: Most people focus on 34th street. Walk around to the 6th Avenue side as well. We recommend going inside the store for some shopping or to see the décor. If you have children, make a reservation in advance to visit Macy’s Santaland.

Holiday display at Bloomingdale's at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue.
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2. Bloomingdales, 1000 Third Avenue

Bloomingdales is another stop on our window circuit. We loved the 2019 tribute to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing called Out of This World. Other recent themes have included Doctor Seuss’ The Grinch and a light theme a few years ago that included chandeliers by visual artists. Last year’s theme was Lights Up Young Mind and included a virtual benefit for the Child Mind Institute. Some of the windows offer an immersive experience with the scent of pine, evergreen, and peppermint that waft through the air.

Pro Tip: Make sure to walk the Lexington Avenue side of the building.

Tourists and New Yorkers admire the holiday decorations and lights on Saks Fifth Avenue.
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3. Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue (At 49th Street)

Saks Fifth Avenue has wonderful windows, often with a family movie theme. In recent years, themes have included Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Frozen 2. Last year’s theme was This is How We Celebrate which gave expression to the new ways of gathering and celebrating that were created by people during the pandemic. Saks usually does a 2- or 3-minute light show on the 10-story building. It’s best seen in the evening. In the past, Saks had a very crowded celebration where it unveiled the windows. Last year, it chose to do 20 smaller lighting ceremonies. 

Holiday window display at Bergdorf Goodman, NYC.
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4. Bergdorf Goodman, 745 Fifth Avenue

Bergdorf’s is a great stop on the window display trail. Bergdorf’s often celebrates New York and the spirit of giving. Four years ago, Bergdorf’s did our favorite windows — To New York With Love. It featured cultural institutions from around the city. The theme in 2020 was Bergdorf Goodness which was done in partnership with City Harvest and focused on values, including harmony, equality, unity, and kindness.

Pro Tip: Go inside Bergdorf’s to see what surprises may be found (and to do some shopping).

Holiday window display at Tiffany in NYC.
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5. Tiffany & Co., 6 E. 57th Street

Tiffany’s windows are beautiful and iconic any time of year, but especially at Christmas. Whether or not you are planning to shop at Tiffany’s, it is worth a holiday visit to look at the beautiful jewelry and to see the window displays.

Pro Tip: Tiffany’s moved last year around the corner from the original flagship location at 727 Fifth Avenue. It now has a beautiful and large arched window for the display.

Storefronts in Manhattan, New York, decorated for Christmas, New York City.
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6. Cartier, 653 5th Avenue

While you’re looking at jewelry, drop by Cartier. The tradition at Cartier is to wrap the building in a big red bow. It also has flags that show season’s greetings in many languages. Last year, there was a white panther in the window and wrapped around the ribbon. 

7. Louis Vuitton, 1 East 57th Street

The Louis Vuitton flagship store is stunning any time of year, but it pulls out the stops for the holiday season. Last year’s display featured a 10+ story Christmas tree on the façade of the building. In 2018, it did Trees Around the World all decorated for the holiday. Picture a Cacti, Palm Tree, Bonsai Tree decorated for the season. We can’t wait to see what the store has dreamt up for this year.

Pro Tip: You can see this display any time of the day, but we prefer to see it in the evening.

Rockefeller Christmas Tree.
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8. American Girl, 75 Rockefeller Plaza

The American Girl team does holiday displays in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. The window in New York is very large — 15 feet high and 24 feet wide. It used 15,000 fairy lights in the display. Last year, American Girl teamed up with Swarovski to create a beautiful display with 350 Swarovski crystal strands, and 130 pounds of crystal stardust. It also sold a Swarovski American Girls Doll with 5,000 Swarovski crystals and beads for $5,000.

Christmas Lights on the World Trade Center.
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9. World Trade Center Lights (View From Fulton And Church Streets)

One of the newer places to see holiday lights on windows is the World Trade Center. Images of giant presents, ornaments, reindeer, and more appear on the building. These are seen at night from near the Oculus to The Shops at The Oculus (also called Westfield). While there, you can go inside the Oculus which also has a holiday market and lovely lighting and displays.

Pro Tip: The World Trade Center lights are best seen at night. If you want to explore further, take the underground passageway to the Brookfield Mall for more shopping and holiday displays. You’ll find the passageway as you walk towards the PATH trains on the right-hand side. You can also stop by the concierge and ask for directions.

10. Hudson Yards, Between West 30th And 34th Street From 10th To 12th Avenues

Opened in 2019, Hudson Yards has become a holiday (and year-round) destination with performances and wonderful Christmas and holiday displays. You can spend hours wandering the area — seeing The Vessel, enjoying performances, viewing outdoor art exhibits, and wandering into the shops. There is so much to do at Hudson Yards that you can spend the entire day there.

Christmas And Holiday Windows Pro Tips

The windows start being unveiled in mid-to-late November. Most are up until just after New Year’s Day. There are variations, however, so make sure to check the store’s website before you plan a trip.

You can try to do all these shops in 1 day or night, but we don’t recommend doing that. It’s best to space it out and combine it with other activities.

The World Trade Center, Louis Vuitton, Saks, and Cartier are best to do when it is dark.

We love to walk the city, so walking 50-60 blocks in a day is the normal way we get around. You can take subways, buses, or taxis to get around to see these displays. New York City is notorious for traffic and gridlock during the holidays so subways are much quicker than buses or cars.

The lights in the financial district (World Trade Center, Oculus, and Brookfield Place) can be seen in the late afternoon. You can combine it with a visit to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. We prefer to visit the reflecting pools at night when they are peaceful and allow for reflection. Or, you can combine it with a trip to Freedom Tower (aka World Trade Center).

Another option is to do a midtown/eastside loop starting at Macy’s (on 34th and 6th avenues), going east to 5th Avenue and walking up from 34th Street to 59th Street. You can then go east to Bloomingdales on 3rd Avenue. 

A third option is to walk up 6th Avenue from Macy’s and 34th Street to Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas tree and American Girl. On this route, you’ll also pass by the Empire State Building and one of the largest holiday markets in the city at Bryant Park.

If you are a walker, then you can combine the 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue walks. Go north on 6th Avenue from Macy’s to Rockefeller Center and then cut over east to 5th Avenue and go north up to 59th Street.

See one Christmas window or see all 10. Explore and find other windows that you love. Whatever you decide to do, New York is a fantastic place to celebrate the holidays.

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5 Reasons To Visit The Hometown Of Paul Rudd: Lenexa, Kansas


Straddling the states of Kansas and Missouri, the Kansas City metropolitan area is home to more fountains than Rome, more boulevards than Paris, and two million of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. The Barbeque Capital of the World is also proud to be the home of designer Kate Spade, author Gillian Flynn, and actor Jason Sudeikis. 

And now my favorite cowtown — the whole Kansas City metro — is delighted to be the home of People’s 2021 Sexiest Man Alive

Whether he first caught your eye as Josh, Cher’s step-brother, in the movie Clueless, or more recently as Marvel superhero Ant-Man, there’s a good chance Paul Rudd’s charming smile and unassuming good looks made your heart skip a beat. If not, this author thinks you’re probably lying.

Born in New Jersey, Paul Rudd moved to the suburban KC town of Lenexa, Kansas, when he was 10 years old. It was in this town of 56,000, about 20 minutes from downtown Kansas City, that he attended Broadmoor Junior High and graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School (with several of my fellow Class of 1987 friends). He then attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence. 

Whether you admire him for his acting skills, writing talent, or good looks, here are six reasons you’ll want to visit Paul Rudd’s hometown — meaning both Lenexa and the wider Kansas City area.

Z-Man Sandwich from Joe's Kansas City Barbecue, which has multiple locations in the Kansas City metro.
Z-Man Sandwich from Joe’s Kansas City Barbecue, which has multiple locations in the Kansas City metro (Photo Credit: Sage Scott)

1. Enjoy The World’s Best Barbeque

Home to nearly 100 barbeque joints, Kansas City’s name has been synonymous with slow-cooked, smoked, and grilled meat for more than a century. If you visit in June, stick close to Paul Rudd’s suburban home by sampling the delicious talent on display at the Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle, or sink your teeth into saucy ribs and tender chunks of burnt ends at Zarda and Hayward’s BBQ (in nearby Shawnee) year round. You can also take your tastebuds on a trip farther beyond Lenexa with these seven popular Kansas City–area barbeque restaurants and a trip to the Barbeque Hall of Fame.

Pro Tip: While the barbeque in Kansas City is out of this world, here are 10 additional reasons to visit.

2. If You’re Still Hungry, Try Some Chili (And More)

That’s right — every year, Lenexa hosts a Chili Challenge, and it’s more than just a chilli cookoff. Upwards of 200 teams compete in chili, salsa, and hot wing–making contests, all vying for the Grand Championship. It’s a tasty time for all attendees.

If you need a drink, head to Limitless Brewing, which hosts live music, trivia nights, and always offers a spread of interesting brews, from hazy IPAs to cream ales.

3. Cheer For Paul’s Favorite Sports Teams

Like many residents of the Kansas City metro area, Paul Rudd is a big fan of its professional baseball and football teams. Enjoy a ballpark hot dog and cold beer on a sunny summer day while cheering on the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium, or step into the loudest sports stadium in the world by adding your voice to the roar of Kansas City Chiefs fans at Arrowhead. Both are on the Missouri side. If you visit Kansas City during college basketball season, take a road trip to Lawrence, Kansas, and wave the wheat while supporting Paul Rudd’s beloved Kansas Jayhawks. 

Pro Tip: While Paul Rudd didn’t appear in any episodes, here’s how to continue a star-struck adventure in Kansas City like the Fab Five from Queer Eye.

The Plaza Lights, a holiday light display in the popular Kansas City shopping district.
The Plaza Lights, a holiday light display in the popular Kansas City shopping district (Photo Credit: Sage Scott)

4. Shop ‘Til You Drop

Filling 15 blocks with Seville-inspired architecture, flowing fountains, and impressive sculptures, Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza was the first suburban shopping center in the world designed to accommodate shoppers arriving by automobile. 

If you visit Kansas City in September, don’t miss the Plaza Art Fair. For one amazing weekend, nine blocks of the Plaza are blocked from motorized traffic so that painters, potters, photographers, and other artists can display their art. Incorporated into the experience are food and drink stands and live music.

And if you visit Kansas City between Thanksgiving and mid-January, the Plaza Lights are one of the best holiday experiences in Kansas City. What started as a single strand of 16 rainbow-colored lights strung above a doorway in 1925 has evolved to more than 80 miles of multi-colored bulbs outlining every window and tower of the Country Club Plaza.

Pro Tip: These are the best places to photograph the Country Club Plaza Lights in Kansas City.

5. Enjoy Unique Tours And Fun Scavenger Hunts

From an urban hike that shares the history of Kansas City in a unique way to a segway tour that winds past Kansas City’s most famous landmarks and most beautiful fountains, Paul Rudd’s hometown is full of unique tours. Learn about the town’s gangster past, admire amazing street art, and eat (and drink) your way through the City of Fountains with these unique Kansas City tour experiences and scavenger hunts.

Paul Rudd at the annual Big Slick fundraiser.
Paul Rudd at the annual Big Slick fundraiser (Photo Credit: Sage Scott)

6. Fangirl While Supporting A Great Cause

Get a glimpse of the Sexiest Man Alive while supporting a great cause by visiting Paul Rudd’s hometown during the annual Big Slick fundraiser. Founded in 2010 as a celebrity poker tournament, Big Slick Celebrity Weekend has grown to so much more. In partnership with fellow Kansas Citians Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, and Eric Stonestreet, the event attracts stars from around the country for an action-packed weekend in Kansas City that features celebrity tournaments, a live auction, and more. Enjoy a star-studded softball game before the Kansas City Royals take the field, fill the street at the Big Slick Block Party, or sit back and enjoy the show at the T-Mobile Center while raising money for Children’s Mercy.

Whether it’s delicious barbeque, the cheer of the crowd, upscale boutiques, an interactive tour, or charitable cause, you’re sure to enjoy your time in the home of the newly crowned Sexiest Man Alive.

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Can I visit Amsterdam at Christmas? Netherlands travel rules explained


The Netherlands is the first western European country to impose a winter lockdown (Picture: Getty)

With Christmas fast-approaching, lots of people are planning last-minute getaways.

And with its festive markets and quaint canal-side setting, Amsterdam is a popular November and December holiday spot.

Also, with it being a short train ride away – it’s easy to see the appeal. 

But with Covid cases dramatically on the rise, it seems the Netherlands is the first western European country to impose a winter lockdown.

So what are the current Netherlands travel restrictions? And what do the new lockdown measures mean for tourists planning to visit?

What to know about the Netherlands lockdown

New lockdown measures mean that bars, restaurants and non-essential shops will have to close at 8pm – for at least three weeks, from Saturday November 13.

What’s more non-essential retail and services, such as hairdressers, will close at 6pm.

Audiences will be banned from sporting events in the coming weeks, but schools, theatres and cinemas should remain open to visitors – with social distancing in place.

Gatherings at home will also be limited to a maximum of four guests.

It’s unclear how long these measures will be in place for after this three-week initial period, so it could be that these are lifted in December.

What to know about the Netherlands travel restrictions

Dam Square in Amsterdam at Christmas (Picture: Getty)

Unless you can prove that you have been fully vaccinated, UK residents and citizens arriving from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are not able to enter the Netherlands for non-essential purposes.

Fully vaccinated UK travellers are able to enter if they can provide proof that they have been double-jabbed at least 14 days before travel. Proof of this can be in the form of the NHS Covid Pass on the NHS app.

These travellers must also present either a negative PCR test result taken in the 48 hours before departure, or a negative antigen test taken in the 72 hours before departure. 

Those who meet these requirements are exempt from quarantining in the Netherlands.

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ULEZ: The London tip where locals have to change their car or pay £12.50 to visit


Londoners from outside the new Ultra Low Emission Zone are furious as they now have to buy a new car or pay £12.50 to visit their local tip.

The newly expanded zone extends up to the North and South Circular roads. Areas in Barnes, Mortlake, East Sheen, North Richmond and Kew are in the zone.

Townmead Road Re-use and Recycling Centre in Mortlake is within the zone too.

This means customers visiting the tip will now be charged £12.50 per day by TfL if their vehicle is not compliant with emissions rules.

Read more:How to pay ULEZ charges as London’s emission zone is expanded

The penalty charge for cars that drive in the ULEZ and don’t pay the daily fee can be £80, rising to £160 if not paid within 14 days.

Local resident Joanna Rutlidge said: “I absolutely hate ULEZ. This is my only car that is suitable and it’s my oldest car. We’re being forced to sell or to buy new cars.

“I’m fortunate that I can afford to buy a new car but what about those who can’t.”

A supervisor at the tip, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Me and my brothers have had to buy a new vehicle just to get to work, and it’s put us in debt.



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A tip supervisor has had to buy a new car with his brothers just to get to work

“We have to car share now just to come to work. We bought the new car a couple of days before the ULEZ.

“I would have thought [TfL] would have allowed this road to have been just outside of the ULEZ.”

David and Sue Swain from Teddington have to travel into the ULEZ to reach the tip, they said: “We’ve checked TfL’s website twice and we seem to be alright. I hope our car is compliant.”

But Jane Smith said: “My car’s compliant and I’m supportive of ULEZ. We are going to have to start to make changes to reduce pollution.

“It’s only a tiny change compared to what we need to do for climate change.”

Munira Wilson, Lib Dem MP for Twickenham, wrote to the Mayor of London two weeks ago asking him to intervene in the expansion of the ULEZ scheme.

Deputy mayor Heidi Alexander responded that Townmead Recycling Centre and Mortlake Crematorium would be included within the zone stating that “it is important to maintain a clear, consistent and understandable boundary for the public”.



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Cllr Gareth Roberts, leader of Richmond Council, said: “Ever since TfL proposed this expansion we have challenged the boundaries.

“We are supportive of the ULEZ as a whole [but] we cannot support the dividing line that this boundary places through our borough and our communities.

“As a result, many of our residents and businesses are now faced with having to pay to visit the recycling centre or the crematorium – something all local tax-payers should be entitled to access for free.”

Alex Williams, TfL’s director of city planning, said: “The expanded ULEZ is urgently needed to tackle London’s toxic air, which currently leads to thousands of premature deaths in the city every year and increases the risk of asthma, dementia and cancer and stunts the development of children’s lungs.

“These negative health impacts are seen disproportionately in outer London boroughs. It is expected that the new zone will reduce harmful nitrogen dioxide by around 30 per cent London-wide and we are encouraging those with non-compliant vehicles to use public transport where they can, including our extensive and low-cost bus network.

“The vast majority of people travelling in the zone already meet the standards, and the Mayor’s £61m scrap page scheme has helped take more than 12,000 older, more polluting vehicles off the road.”





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Visit Orlando expecting influx of international tourists as travel ban gets lifted


ORLANDO, Fla. – The U.S. will lift its ban on international travelers effective Friday, Nov. 8, and it appears folks from all over the world are itching to get back to America’s tourist destinations.

The announcement from the Biden administration is a big deal for so many parts of the country, including Central Florida, and Orlando tourism officials have already started marketing to Europeans.

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President and CEO of Visit Orlando Casandra Matej spoke with anchor Justin Warmoth on “The Weekly on ClickOrlando.com” while on her trip to London to discuss the impacts the move will have on tourism and the local economy.

“We are so excited, and it couldn’t have been better timing,” Matej said. “Visit Orlando is in London literally inviting our UK friends back to Orlando because we’re open, we know you can travel safely and we now know the protocols.”

Those protocols include proof of vaccination and enhanced testing.

International tourists contribute an estimated $6 billion to the Central Florida economy every year, according to Matej.

Watch the full interview in the video player above.

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