Google Lets You Virtually Explore NYC’s Holiday Window Displays
Every December, Fifth Avenue in Manhattan becomes one of the most festive streets on Earth. The city’s finest department stores have been inviting pedestrians to gawk at their window displays for decades, and now holiday lovers don't need to book a trip to New York to see them. As Condé Nast Traveler reports, Google’s "Window Wonderland" allows viewers to immerse themselves in each scene without having to deal with those congested city sidewalks.
Using a phone, computer, or virtual reality headset, you can take a personal tour of New York’s 18 most extravagant storefronts in a panoramic version of Google Street View. The stops include Bloomingdale's with its "one-of-a-kind chandeliers," Macy’s with a cheery tribute to their "Believe" campaign, and Barney’s with displays designed by Nick Cave and South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, among others.
We still have a few weeks left to go in the holiday season, but Google is already thinking about how to recreate the digital experience next year. The designers behind the real-life window displays also like to plan ahead, with talks for each year's theme beginning in January.
[h/t Condé Nast Traveler]