Holiday Window Shows : A Floating City of The Future at Barneys

New York is one of the few pedestrian cities that has an active street culture almost everywhere you walk and the tradition of the revered holiday window display is one that endures even though many people shop digitally. Even if times are tough with the personal home budget, you can still have a blast walking up 5th Avenue looking in windows on the way to checking out the tree. While the window show themes have moved away from explicitly Christmas-related as the population has diversified, you will still catch a fair number of moralizing perpetually cheerful animatronic ear-muff wearing carolers and dancing reindeer, elves, and nutcrackers.

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“A New York Holiday” A Barneys Holiday collaboration with Jay Z. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

One window display you will dig this year in New York skips Santa’s workshop and heads to a projected future city that morphs before your eyes and you never have to step foot inside.  A collaboration with Brooklyn rapper JAY Z, the Barneys window is encased in a gold metal structure installed on the sidewalk and from one side of the structure you can step into a dark “room” to experience a floating city as it morphs before your eyes. It could be Manhattan emerging from the Ice Age to the Enlightenment as light projection technology gives the public a view of the city changing from icy, cold colors to warm, bright and glittery golds. It could also represent how Manhattan is becoming an island encrusted with diamonds and platinum and gold.

Price for this show on the street: Free. Step inside the store and you can get the leather “Brooklyn” baseball cap for $875.00.

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“A New York Holiday” A Barneys Holiday collaboration with Jay Z. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“A New York Holiday” A Barneys Holiday collaboration with Jay Z. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“A New York Holiday” A Barneys Holiday collaboration with Jay Z. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“A New York Holiday” A Barneys Holiday collaboration with Jay Z. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“A New York Holiday” A Barneys Holiday collaboration with Jay Z. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“A New York Holiday” A Barneys Holiday collaboration with Jay Z. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“A New York Holiday” A Barneys Holiday collaboration with Jay Z. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“A New York Holiday” A Barneys Holiday collaboration with Jay Z. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“A New York Holiday” A Barneys Holiday collaboration with Jay Z. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“A New York Holiday” A Barneys Holiday collaboration with Jay Z. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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