Macy’s during the Holiday’s

New York City is known for its holiday magic, Macy’s located at Herald Square is at the pinnacle of it all.  The famed window displays has been entertaining crowds for over 100 years now.  Santaland is one of Macy’s Signature concepts for the holidays.  After Santa makes an initial appearance during the Thanksgiving Parade he spends the rest of the holidays on the 8th floor at Herald Square.  Santaland is a 13,000 Square foot dream world filled with Candy Canes, beautiful... Read More

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

The 74 foot, 75 year old Norway Spruce is going to be ready for its close up! On November 30th the tree will be more than spruced up with 30,000 LED environmentally friendly lights, and topped off with Swarovski crystals, 25,000 of them to be exact, in the shape of a star. The tree lighting ceremony draws a crowd well into the tens of thousands and that’s not including the at home viewers watching the broadcast across the globe. To be sure you get the most spectacular view,... Read More

Grand Central Holiday Fair

Grand Central features the Holiday Fair which takes place in the 12000 square foot Vanderbilt Hall.  Its easy just to walk by Grand Central Station as you are passing on the street; but once you are inside you will realize quickly this is one of New York City’s most special places.  Leave it to this New York City landmark to put their best foot forward for the holiday season and Grand Central does just that.  When people think of Grand Central they think of it as the commuting... Read More

FAO Schwarz

FAO Schwarz, the most famous toy store in New York City and quite possibly the world, has been known as second home to Santa and his elves since first opening their doors in 1876.  After trying a few different locations they finally settled into their current famed flagship location at 5th Ave and 59th street in 1986.  It has been a major year round tourist destination and the biggest holiday destination ever after.  Offering something for every kid and as well as for the kid... Read More

Christmas in New York

Christmas in New York, where dreams are made of…  It’s no wonder why its the most magical time of the year in the city. With 30,0000 lights glittering on the Rockefeller Christmas Tree and Ice Skaters gliding on the magical ice. It’s not surprising New York City is one of the best holiday destinations in the world. You have Holiday Shopping along Fifth Avenue and breath-taking window displays. The city offers free holiday concerts and events, street vendors roasting... Read More

Twelfth Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square

Twelfth Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square will be held on Monday, November 28th, from 5:30 PM until 9:00 PM.  The Lincoln Square Business Improvement District and Sponsor Time Warner Center will be quarterbacking the evening.  The event starts with an elaborate tree lighting ceremony at 63rd St and Broadway followed by food tastings, entertainment and in-store activities all the way from the Time Warner Center to 68th St.  Stroll through the Upper West Side and enjoy... Read More

Under the Stars, Time Warner Center

During the holiday season the Time Warner Center features the holiday light show “Under The Stars”.  There are twelve 14 foot stars hanging over the 75 foot atrium.  It feels like you are standing inside of a gigantic Christmas tree.  Not to mention all the beautiful fine shops, Whole Foods and restaurants throughout the center right there for your delight.   These huge stars are systematically designed and change colors with the original music from the The Nutcracker... Read More

Holiday Shopping on Fifth Avenue

Though New York is known for its great retail shopping all year round, there’s perhaps no nicer time to be shopping in New York City then during the holidays. The famed 5th Avenue is home to world renowned destinations such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany, and countless fashion boutiques. The best shopping takes place between 39th and 60th streets and offers something for every taste and budget running the gamut from Gap to Gucci and Fao Schwartz to Ferragamo.... Read More

Henri Bendel

Henri Bendel offers a unique shopping experience if you love handbags, jewelry, gloves, scarves, headbands, cosmetics and fragrance. It’s no wonder why this place was picked to be featured in the film “Confessions of a Shopaholic”. If you love accessories and make-up then you would love Henri Bendel. What’s even more amazing its their ultimate girl gift selection during holidays.  Hendri Bendel is located on 712 5th Avenue, with about 35,000 square feet,... Read More

Arthur Christmas

Arthur Christmas opens on November 23, 2011, the much anticipated 3D animated movie revealing Santa’s secret on how he gets all the work done in one night. They call it operation Santa Claus.  It’s because of Santa’s high tech operation hidden below the North Pole. Behind all the technology is a story of a family. Santa’s family is just as dysfunctional as any other.  Once Santa’s mission was over this year, the family noticed one little girl never received her present.... Read More

Gaga’s Workshop at Barney’s Department Store

Lady Gaga has always kept her fans waiting in suspense for her latest endeavor, why should the holidays be any different.  This year for the Christmas Season, Lady Gaga and Barneys have collaborated to give shoppers a unique holiday experience that only Gaga can offer.  Gaga’s workshop is a 5500 square foot incredible spectacle of books, candy, clothes, toys and etc.  Her display takes the entire 5th floor of Barneys department store at Madison Avenue.  A lot of the... Read More

Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center

The Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center is at the center of it all.  Ice Skating in the middle of New York City with skyscrapers towering over you is such a surreal experience, highly recommended for those visiting during holiday season.  Rockefeller Center is such a special place that you immediately think of the holidays even if you live in New York.  The Ice Skating Rink was supposed to be a temporary fixture in 1936 until they figured out what to do.  Here we are 75... Read More

Citi Pond at Bryant Park Tree Lighting Ceremony

Bryant Park is located between 40th and 42nd St and from 5th to 6th Avenue.  Citi Pond at Bryant Park is open from October 27, 2011 – February 26, 2012. During the holidays the park delivers a breath-taking experience or just visual beauty for pedestrians passing by.  The shops are very charming and offer that small town feel right in the middle of the most exciting city in the world.  The most spectacular thing during holiday season is the Bryant Park Tree Lighting... Read More

85th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

The 85th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Paradestarts on Thursday morning – November 24th. This is one of the biggest Parades in New York City and has become a theme for what Thanksgiving is all about throughout the country.  Over 3 million people are lined up along the path of the parade from its beginning to its end.  You want to feel New York ’s energy, then make your way over to the parade Thanksgiving morning.  The Parade is televised to over 50 Million who watch... Read More

Bow Bridge, Autumn

It has often been said that autumn is one of the most romantic seasons in New York, so it’s not surprising that the Bow Bridge, one of the park’s most famous and romantic locations has been the silent star in many movie scenes, including films like Autumn in New York! This bridge whose walkway consists of South American hardwood is the second oldest cast iron bridge in America.  Measuring 60 feet, it connects Cherry Hill on one side of the Lake to the trails of the Ramble... Read More

Cherry Hill, Autumn

One of the most spectacular places in the park in autumn is Cherry Hill, aptly named for the cherry trees on the slope of the Lake nearby.  The colors of fall can naturally be seen atop the trees as but are also beautifully reflected in 20-acres of water, the second largest body of water in the park so have your cameras ready. You can either enjoy the view from the outskirts on the many benches around the hill or from the many walking trails located at the foot of the hill. You’ll... Read More

Lake

The Lake, Central Park’s second largest body of water (the Reservoir is the largest) spans about 20 acres and is centrally located between 71st and 78th streets. Before the creation of nearby Wollman Rink, the Lake served as a central winter gathering place and on one record day supported up to 40,000 ice skaters.   Though you can’t ice skate on it anymore, you can still enjoy the colorful autumn views and turning of the leaves via rowboat.  One of the park’s most popular... Read More

Belvedere Castle

The Belvedere Castle is an extraordinary part of Central Park .  It was originally handed over in 1867 from the Croton Aqueduct Board to the park to look after it.  There have been several changes made through the years.  In the early 1900’s the Weather Bureau had its operations there and continued all the way until 1960’s.  The tower at the castle is the highest point in Central park .  The amazing thing about the Castle is the views.  Staring out north from the castle... Read More

Wollman Rink

Skating at Wollman Rink in Central Park is a tremendous spirit lifting experience.  Hearing the skates glide across the ice with the wide open sky above is so exhilarating.  It’s a cross of some many special things; you have the Central Park South skyline, you get the feel of nature from the park, as well as the recreation of skating all in one, wow.  If you happen be in NYC over the next week or so, then you are in for a treat.  Right about now the trees surrounding... Read More

The Mall, Autumn

As we begin the autumn season most people will be thinking of getting out to the country to witness the changing colors of the leaves known as fall foliage. But you don’t need to get out of the city to witness the beautiful hues of red, orange and yellow. Just step out into everyone’s backyard…Central Park. The park really does take on a different personality in the autumn months and of particular interest is the area known as The Mall. This long straight path... Read More

Gapstow Bridge

The Gapstow Bridge is one of the most beautiful and romantic spots in all of Central Park.  Many movies scenes have been filmed here.  Known for its rustic stone structure, the bridge offers some of the best views in the park.  The Gapstow overlooks the Plaza Hotel, one of New York City’s most famous spots.  When you are standing on the bridge you get the feeling that you are on a movie set, it’s like a story book that you once read about and now you are actually seeing... Read More

57th Street SnowFlake

The UNICEF Snowflake has been a New York City tradition since 1984.  It is a gigantic crystal ornament that resides on the intersection of 57th St & 5th Avenue.  Everybody at one point in their lives has thought of stars in sort of a dream sense.  However, when you are approaching the Snowflake from either direction you would swear that you are on another planet traveling right next to a star, only you are in NYC.  This Snowflake is 23 feet in diameter, 28 feet high and... Read More

Reservoir, Autumn

When weather permits, exercising at the Reservoir in Central Park is quite the experience.  New Yorkers and Visitors, we are all in luck, aesthetically, Autumn is the best time of year to be in the park and to get cool weather like this is truly a gift.  Head over to the Reservoir and walk or jog the 1.58 mile track surrounding a 106 acre body of water.  If you think you have seen fall foliage, think again until you have seen this.  The trees circling the water are showered... Read More

The Pond, Autumn

The East 62nd Street entrance to Central Park is home to The Pond. Located steps away from The Plaza Hotel, Grand Army Plaza and the 5th Ave Apple Store, this entrance offers a quick escape from the hectic rush of the holiday shopping season.  If you’re visiting NYC you’ll probably already have your camera in hand and you’ll be glad you do.  If you’re a local, make a point to bring your camera to The Pond and be a tourist in your own city. Reds and... Read More

Bethesda Terrace Autumn

With just a week or two left to see the most incredible Autumn colors in Central Park, you need to get those cameras out and head over to the Bethesda Terrace.  This spot is the most photographed place in Central Park.  The fountain, also known for its Statue of an Angel, blessing the pool, where people from all over the world come to relax and observe.  Just beyond the Fountain is the park’s Lake where a lot of people do some row boating and take photos of this beautiful... Read More

The Christmas Tree has arrived at Rockefeller Plaza

The 74-foot Norway spruce made its way from Mifflinville, Pa, to Manhattan today. The 75-year-old tree weighs 10 tons and it was donated by the Keller family.  The holiday season in NYC is a magical time and the Rockefeller Christmas tree is at the heart of it all.  The tree will be lit on Wednesday November 30th.  There will be approximately 30,000 lights on the tree. Tony Bennet and Justin Bieber will be performing for NBC’s annual live Christmas tree lighting ceremony... Read More

Model Boat Pond, Autumn

Conservatory Water is the home of the remote control sailboats, and also known as the “Model Boat Pond”.  Conservatory Water offers spectacular views of the fall foliage all around the Pond.  In the reflecting water of the Model Boat Pond you can see beautiful and picturesque colorful fall foliage, as well as Upper East Side buildings. Bird watchers folk to this area to spot the Red Tail Hawks that sit on an Upper East Side Building on 5th Avenue.  This area... Read More

New York City Marathon

The New York City Marathon is one of the largest marathons in the world. It’s been one of New York City’s biggest annual events every year since 1970.  The Runners travel through all five boroughs of New York City.  They start in Staten Island and end up in Central park with crowds of people cheering them on.  People from all over the world come to run in this marathon.  There are approximately 100,000 people annually that apply to run in the race, over 300 million people... Read More

Copacabana

Copacabana, located near Times Square is one of New York City’s most famous night clubs.  Most Nightclubs in Manhattan come and go, but Copacabana has stood the test of time since it opened in January of 1941.  The club hosted many of the brightest in Hollywood and helped launch many careers.  Hollywood’s biggest performers actually performed here from Frank Sinatra to Sammy Davis jr, even The Supremes Debuted here.  The club when through so many changes through the years... Read More

Washington Square Park, Autumn

Sammy and Simba met at Washington Square Park for the Annual Washington Square Park Halloween Dog Parade. Washington Square Park is where 5th Avenue ends and the feel of the Village begins. This area is filled with artist, musicians, New York University students and professors. On the North side of the park is the famous Washington Memorial Arch, the fountain is located in the middle, and the south side is where you would find the two dog runs. Paparazzi by Lady Gaga Squirrels... Read More

worst damage to Central Park in 30 years

The unprecedented storm on October 29th, damaged nearly half of Central Park and over 1000 trees. This was the worst damage to Central Park in 30 years. The freezing, wet, heavy snow, held on tight to leaves that had not yet fallen for winter causing pressure on fragile branches. The Central Park Conservancy has been working hard all week to make sure roads are safe for runners and spectators for the NYC Marathon this coming Sunday. Half a million dollars in damage is expected... Read More

39th annual Village Halloween Parade

The 39th annual Village Halloween Parade took place on Monday night, Oct 31st in Greenwich Village. There were 60,000 participants that roared up 6th avenue with outrageous, funniest, weirdest, scariest, and over-the-top costumes imaginable. The streets were full of spooky sights, such as floating eyeballs, skeletons, Muammar Gaddafi costumes, along with about 200 occupy Wall Street protestors demonstrated this year with costumes of budget axes, pinks slips, zombies and etc. This... Read More