‘Tis the season to take a holiday stroll around the neighborhood

I did this last year with a pal, since we weren’t willing to go inside then, and here we are once more, taking to the streets. But a holiday walk around Downtown is a treat with or without the pandemic. These shots are thanks to Max Guiliani, who did this route by bike. (Scroll down for a few festive Fidi pit stops.)

Start at the Brookfield mall to see the Luminaries installation (up till Jan. 3)
> Cross the highway at Liberty to Liberty Park to see the lighted deer there
> Down the stairs on the east and cross Liberty to Zuccotti Park and the lightshow on 127 Broadway
> Right on Broadway, left on Wall to get to the Stock Exchange tree on Broad and Wall
> Take Wall down to the water, but take a left on Front so you hit the top of the Seaport Mall on Fulton for the tree
> Down past the lighting of the historic Seaport buildings
> Last stop: the lit masts at the Seaport

FESTIVE FIDI PIT STOPS check to see who’s open on Christmas Day.)

  • If you are still going inside, I find The Dead Rabbit truly festive — maybe it’s that old school Irish thing. (We are going early on New Year’s after a walk about on Governors.) Get a drink and a Scotch egg.
  • The lit, vinyl pup tents at Sant Ambroeus look fun…
  • I think there’s no reason not to get a Manhattan at Harry’s
  • Guilty pleasures: I am always game for a beer at Fraunces Tavern — I just love the bar stools in the middle of the bar, but a booth in the middle room is probably more covid friendly. There’s also a new piano bar upstairs.