While the holidays can create a happy sort of stress, no one looks forward to the barrage of email blasts, pop-up ads, tweets, commercials, magazines and mothers telling you where to shop, what to cook, why to go for this airline deal, or how to get drunk (though that's usually the best of the baggage carousel of tips).
So it's a refreshing thing that New Yorkers have one hub of ideas to turn to this holiday season. Charlie Suisman of the Manhattan User's Guide launched NYC Bloggers Do the Holidays last winter for reasons beyond self-promotion. "Since there's not a lot of daily interaction among us bloggers, the holidays seemed a good time to join forces--a fun way to cross paths for readers and for ourselves. The idea was that you could start at any of the blogs and follow the links through and you'd have a good, if unconventional, handle on the holidays. The websites in this group post reflect that--the particular passions and interests of the people behind them," said Suisman, whose own post this year, The Gift Guide: 21 Over $21, is useful for anyone with a computer and a gift list. "So I look at this idea less as a way to compete with major magazines and websites than provide something different. It's not necessarily about offering just quirky, offbeat things--though there's some of that--but giving different lenses, different ways to engage with New York."
NYC Bloggers Do the Holidays went live today so consult this list below, have a happy holidays and remember to recycle.
NYC Bloggers Do the Holidays
A Child Grows - Where to See Santa in New York City and Brooklyn
Eater's Digest - 10 "Warm-You-To-the Bone" Holiday Eats in NYC
Give and Get NYC - Give and Get for the Holidays
'the improvised life' - Design (or Hack) Your Own Holiday E-Cards
Manhattan User's Guide - The Gift Guide: 21 Over $21
Markets of New York - Festive Food at New York's Holiday Markets
Mommy Poppins - 11 Experience Gifts for NYC Kids
NY Barfly - Holiday Cocktails, And We Ain't Talkin' Egg Nog
offManhattan - The Anti-Holiday Travel Guide: 5 Quick Getaways from NYC
This is FYF - A Drug-Friendly Guide to Your New York Holidays
Patell and Waterman's History of New York - Christmas with Andy Warhol
Walking Off the Big Apple - A Mortal's Guide to the Angels of New York City
We Heart Astoria - The Best Places To Shop Local - WHA Holiday Gift Guide
Image courtesy of Mommy Poppins