The Herd

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“When you’re dependable, everyone depends on you” – Katie

By: Andrea Bartz

New York City

Central Park

“When I spotted Katie at a southern entrance to Central Park, tugging on thick fingerless gloves, I felt a swell of pride: my bold baby sister, blending in with all the New Yorkers around her.” (pg 62)

The greatest park in New York City, Central Park, where Hanna and Katie meet up to start their walk and then head down 5th Avenue and look at the Christmas displays. This activity is something every New Yorker has done and something every tourist who goes to New York during the Christmas holiday has done as well. The next few sections will take you along the same Christmas walk that Katie and Hanna took.

Stop #1: Central Park. Start your walk at the southeast corner of Central Park, this way you can easily walk to the Christmas displays on 5th Avenue. There’s a beautiful pond in this area that you can walk around and enjoy some serenity. If you want to spend some more time in the park head to Wollman Rink and for $22 (including skate rentals) do some ice skating and enjoy the quintessential Central Park winter season.

Bergdorf Goodman

“We’d reached Bergdorf Goodman, where clusters of bundled-up people peered into the windows.” (pg 63)

Continuing on Hanna and Katie’s Christmas display walk, they first stop to peer at the Christmas displays at Bergdorf Goodman. The display they saw had a Gilded Age theme, and they were looking upon a miniature Gatsby mansion.

Stop #2: Bergdorf Goodman. After you’ve left Central Park head over to 58th st. and 5th ave, where you will find yourself in front of Bergdorf Goodman, the luxury department store. The picture on the left was one of the 2019 Christmas window displays.

Tiffany & Co.

“We paused in front of Tiffany’s, the diamonds in the window twinkling like stars.” (pg 67)

After viewing the Bergdorf Goodman window displays, Hanna and Katie continue walking and pause in front of Tiffany’s. Here they admire the expensive diamonds in the window.

Stop #3: Tiffany & Co. After you’ve enjoyed the Bergdorf Goodman windows, walk down one more block to 57th st., where you’ll end up standing in front of Tiffany & Co. Our picture to the left is one of Tiffany’s window displays in 2019.

Radio City Music Hall

“We walked in silence for a while, then approached a bulge of people in front of Radio City Music Hall; the marquee promised the Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular, long lines of perfect legs kicking in heels.” (pg 68)

Hanna and Katie’s final stop on the Christmas walk, the Radio City Music Hall. They walk past the front of this, around the corner and then to the huge, famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree.

Stop #4: Radio City Music Hall. Now that you’ve seen some beautiful Christmas window displays, let’s finish the walk off with one of the most famous Christmas trees in the world, the Rockefeller Tree. Keep walking down till you hit 51st st., then turn right and walk down one avenue to get to 6th ave. You’ll now be in front of Radio Music City Hall. Beware, it is CRAZY crowded in the Christmas season, but if you haven’t seen the Rockefeller Tree then it’s totally worth it. Take some pics, then stop by one of the street carts and grab some hot chocolate (just like Katie and Hanna did) to warm your hands. I highly, HIGHLY recommend getting tickets to see the Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular. I’ve seen it myself, and it is truly an amazing show to get you in the Christmas spirit. Technically you can get tickets as low as $50, but they probably won’t be the best seats. I say splurge a little and you’ll remember this forever.

And now you have finished your The Herd inspired NYC Christmas display walk.

Benny’s Burritos

“What the Herd is to women, Benny’s Burritos is to family drama.” – Katie (pg 143)

The day after Eleanor goes missing, Katie meets up with Ted at Benny’s Burritos and they spend a lot of time talking about their family drama. One of their first dates;)

You can go visit Benny’s Burritos in West Village, Manhattan. Order some burritos and margaritas and gossip about some of your family drama on one of your first dates. I’ll be ordering the steak chimichurri burrito with a shaken margarita and telling my Bumble date how I still believe I would have been more intelligent, had my brother not hit me on the head with a baseball bat when I was 6 years old.

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