10 holiday gifts for people who love New York City

A terracotta planter with a succulent is in front of a colorful geometric patterned background.

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The holiday season is upon us, and with that comes the pressure
to find the perfect present for everyone on your list.

If that list includes New York City lovers, then let Curbed be
your guide: We’ve chosen some of the best New York City-themed
presents around, whether you want something quirky for a
design-obsessed pal, a book for that person who thinks they know
everything about the city, or an unforgettable, Instagram-worthy

Tenement fire escape ornament $20 |
Tenement Museum

Few things evoke the architecture of New York City quite like a
fire escape, something that is both functional and cultural: It can
be a means of egress, a place to dry clothes, or even a makeshift
backyard. This adorable ornament pays homage to the city

An ornament shaped like a New York City fire escape is hanging in front of a red brick background.New
York subway architecture and design map $10 |
Blue Crow Media

Following in the footsteps of its
Concrete New York
and Art Deco New York maps, Blue Crow Media
has released
New York Subway Architecture and Design
, a map that celebrates
the beauty of the city’s subway system. It includes 45 stations
with significant artworks (by Roy Lichtenstein, Sol LeWitt, and
more) or stunning architecture. If you have a friend whose
interests are at the intersection of subways, architecture, and
art—or if they need convincing that the subway is a repository of
beautiful design—this is the gift for them.

A map folded into a book with a cover that has these words on it: New York Subway Architecture and Design Map.Museum
of Modern Art membership From $100 | MoMA

There’s more MoMA to see than ever before, thanks to an
ambitious revamp, and art aficionados will appreciate the perks a
museum membership affords. The most basic plan is $100—equivalent
to visiting the museum four times in one year—and includes a 10
percent discount in the museum store, free tickets to film
screenings, and early access to blockbuster exhibits.

An art installation at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The room is an open space with high ceilings.Max
Touhey | www.metouhey.com Totem cotton knit throw $195 | Design Within Reach

Two of our favorite New York City brands—Design Within Reach
and Dusen Dusen—teamed up for this chic cotton throw blanket.
Colorful geometric shapes (a hallmark of Ellen Van Dusen’s quirky
patterns) dominate on a soothing blue background that will work
with just about any design scheme.

A throw blanket with a colorful pattern sits against a white background.A
Booklover’s Guide to New York $30 | Rizzoli

For this guidebook-cum-personal history, writer Cleo Le-Tan
collaborated with her father, the late French artist Pierre Le-Tan,
to catalog the city’s many literary landmarks. It includes 200
destinations, both famous (the New York Public Library) and off the
beaten path (the Brooklyn where Truman Capote lived and wrote parts
of In Cold Blood), as well as interviews with two dozen New Yorkers
about their favorite bookish spots.

A book cover for the book: A Booklover’s Guide to New York.Terra-cotta
stacked planters From $58 | Franca

Your friend who has a small jungle in their apartment will
appreciate these stylish planters, which come in a variety of sizes
for greenery large and small. The terra cotta calls to mind the
usual clay pots you’d find at any home improvement store, but
curved silhouettes
are decidedly on trend.

Multiple terracotta stacked planters sit on a glossy tan surface. There are various assorted succulents in each planter.Empire
State Building 102nd floor observatory tickets From $58 | Empire State Building

We all know someone who wants to visit the Empire State
Building—and the new 102nd-floor observatory, which opened this
fall, is the best way to do it. Elevators whisk visitors from the
86th floor up to the new, glass-enclosed space, which is perched
1,250 feet above the city and has panoramic views of Manhattan, the
outer boroughs, and beyond. It’s one of the more rarefied views
of the city, and one that will delight even the most jaded New

A view from the 102nd floor observatory of the Empire State Building. The view is of the New York City skyline.New
York Harbor quilt $300 |
Haptic Lab

Brooklyn-based Haptic Lab continues its series of minimalist,
location-themed quilts with this New York Harbor pattern from its
Coastal series. The five boroughs are placed on a black background,
and you can even add the names of your recipient’s favorite
waterway for an additional fee (perhaps for your friend with an
inexplicable affinity for the Gowanus Canal?).

A black and white quilt which depicts the New York Harbor. AIANY
Architecture and the Lights of Gotham tour $54-$74 |
AIA New York

The next time that friend who only visits New York twice a year
says they want to take a boat tour of the city, present them with
tickets to one of AIA New York’s jaunts around the island of
Manhattan. The organization partnered with Classic Harbor Line for
this new tour, which takes building fanatics around the island at
night: It starts at Chelsea Piers around sunset (perfect for
getting that golden-hour shot of the skyline) and cruises past
landmarks like One World Trade Center and the Statue of

speckled utensil holder $45 |
Wolves Within

Making a postage stamp-sized New York City kitchen look cool and
inviting is never easy, but having the right tools goes a long way.
When it comes to storing your spatulas and serving spoons, go for
this ceramic utensil holder from Greenpoint housewares shop Home of
the Brave. Its neutral color palette will go with anything, and its
hand-thrown shape will lend some chicness to even the most bland
rental kitchen.

A speckled utensil holder.
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10 holiday gifts for people who love New York City