Other than making connections in New York, I had never actually been into New York City (and I don’t count the time we stayed overnight during a long layover because a travel agent had no clue how to do her job).
I thought Mom had always wanted to go to NYC to see the Christmas windows. She thought I had been dropping hints for a long time. We both thought this little jaunt was for the other, but regardless we had a good time. Despite the FRIGIDLY COLD TEMPERATURES! But I guess it wouldn’t be December in NYC without the cold.
We arrived a little early to the hotel, so we walked around as much as we could stand (which wasn’t long).
View of Central Park from our room
Walking to Rockefeller Plaza
Top of the Rock!
It snowed overnight, which was BEAUTIFUL!
But it slightly dampened and tampered with the open-air double-decker downtown bus tour planned for that morning. But I made the best of it, shivering all the way!
These were probably cool shots, minus the ice on the partial enclosure.
NY Public Library
One of the Christmas Marts. We went to the one in Columbus Circle and I don’t know if they are all the same, but the one we went to was more of a flea market.
Brief glimpses of the Brooklyn Bridge
I’m not 100% sure what all of these buildings are, but I’m pretty sure the justice statue is from the NY City Hall building.
After zooming in, I could see this was the US Customs building.
Charging Bull in Wall Street. The tour guide said it was “anatomically correct” and if you take a picture from the bull’s back, it is said to bring good luck. I’ll take his word for it. Not sure there is any superstition to putting one’s purse on the horns, but they ruined a good on the move shot!
We had to disembark at Battery Park for some inexplicable reason. The new bus would not arrive for 15-20 minutes, so we walked down to get a shot of the Statue of Liberty.
Was also able to see the Freedom Tower unimpeded by other buildings and ice on the windows. Hard to believe that was the site of so much devastation.
Our new guide pointed out a rich guy had to move to NYC, but didn’t want to leave his cape cod, so he moved it piece by piece and reassembled it on top of a building.
Our new tour guide was strangely obsessed with pointing out every hospital and medical center on our route, rather than the popular touristy sites, so not sure if any of these buildings are actually something, or just cool.
This is just something cool though.
Empire and Chrysler (respectively)
Not sure, but the connected walkway is cool.
I think this is Brooklyn.
Rockefeller Plaza (from the ground)
Saks Fifth Avenue (finally some windows!)
More Christmas-y stuff!
After the tour, (and after I regained feeling in my lower extremities) I walked around on the hunt for decorations!
A cool building that was concave (did I say that right?)
Tiffany & Co.
I don’t know why I find this juxtaposition ironic.
Ferragamo and Cartier
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, just smack dab in the middle of all the sparkles.
And half a block away is St. Thomas Church.
Back to the sparkles!
A walk through Central Park ended my adventure.
The next day was even colder and kept us inside while we waited to go to the airport. But I experienced de-icing for the first time!
All in all it was a very merry adventure!!