At the Winter Show at the Park Avenue Armory on the Upper East Side, one might find a Grandma Moses painting, a suit of armor from the early 1500s and a bunch of Tiffany lamps.

"It's not a vast building in terms of exhibition halls like the Javits Center. It's intimate, although vast," said Thomas Heneage, an exhibitor from London who sells art books and other items. 

What You Need To Know

  • The Winter Show is an art, antiques and design fair in its 70th year 
  • It is held at the Park Avenue Armory on the Upper East Side
  • The show is a benefit for East Side House Settlement
  • The Winter Show runs through Jan. 28

There are more than 70 exhibitors at the show, billed as 5,000 years of art, antiques and design. It’s the annual benefit for the East Side House Settlement, which provides critical services and resources to more than 14,000 residents of the Bronx and upper Manhattan.

“It’s amazing how you can start a ripple with just a pebble, and almost 70 years ago somebody threw that pebble and figured out that they could sell things that were ‘antique-y’ and raise money for a cause that they believed in,” said Daniel Diaz, executive director of East Side House Settlement.

Among the first-time exhibitors is Jill Newhouse, a native New Yorker who has run a gallery on the Upper East Side since 1980.

“It just expresses New York’s fine arts depth and all the galleries. It’s just a beautiful expression of the city,” Newhouse said.

The show can also be profitable for the exhibitors. Patrick Bavasi, director at Hyde Park Antiques near Union Square, said the show presents tremendous opportunities.

“This is our Super Bowl, this is our World Series, this is not the semi-finals, this is not the playoffs. This is where all of our dreams can come true for the year,” Bavasi said.

Whether you’re an avid collector or not, a stroll through the show can be downright educational.

“One of the things that’s very exciting is that it’s like a museum, but it’s a museum where you actually get to speak with the people that know the most about the subject and learn about the work as well,” said Helen Allen, executive director of the show.

The Winter Show runs through Jan. 28. For information on tickets, special events and programs, head here.