The New York Palace

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During the Holidays the New York Palace is beautifully decorated inside and out. Visitors and New Yorkers step into the Hotel Courtyard and lobby to check out the breath taking views.  You might recognize the New York Palace from the TV Show “Gossip Girl” which is shot throughout the Hotel and courtyard. The Palace is located in the heart of Midtown on Madison Avenue... Read More

New Years Eve in Times Square

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Visit Sammy and the City on Facebook and click  “Like” to be part of our adventures throughout New York City. New Years Eve in New York City is like no other place on earth.  The scoreboard says it all, over one million people will be in Times Square to watch the ball drop and one billion people worldwide will be watching.  The ball this year has 2700 Waterford Crystal... Read More

West Village

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During the Holidays the West Village is a perfect setting for a winter stroll, with its treelined streets and charming feel.  There are adorable cafes, jazz clubs, neighborhood bars, endless variety of restaurants.  Hudson and Bleecker Streets are the main attractions in this quaint area, its aligned with charming cafes, art exhibits and speciality shops.  The residents also... Read More

Holiday Window Displays on 5th Ave

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They say the best things in life are free, walking down Fifth Avenue and watching the holiday window displays from Bergdorf Goodmanto Saks 5th Avenue all the way south to Lord & Taylor you will see just how true that is.  Start your stroll down Fifth Avenue between 58th and 57th Street – you will come across Bergdorf Goodman where their window displays are featuring the... Read More

Christmas Time

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What better way to celebrate Christmas then to visit New York City during the Holiday Season. New York City truly shines during this special time of the year. I hope everyone around the world gets a chance to someday experience the “magic” that Manhattan has to offer. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Video footage includes Radio City, Rockefeller Center, Citi Pond... Read More

What is Christmas Made Of

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With the theme “What is Christmas Made Of?” Lord & Taylor asked children from Women In Need shelters and local schools to draw what they believe Christmas is made of.  The structures of the holiday window displays were inspired by their art and feature 125 of the original drawings. The displays feature illustrations drawn by children in response to Lord & Taylor... Read More

Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows

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Bergdorf Goodman holiday window displays are a true New York holiday spectacle presenting dramatic and extraordinary fashion.  This year’s theme is the “Carnival of the Animals” displayed along fifth avenue from 57th to 58th Street.  Bergdorf Goodman goes to the dogs this year for its annual holiday video. Inspired by this year’s theme of the holiday windows, BG Films... Read More

World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah Lighting

World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah

Celebrate Hanukkah with the lighting of the World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah. Every night of Hanukkah at Grand Army Plaza the world’s largest menorah will be showcased – a 32-foot tall, 4,000-pound steel Menorah. Festivities take place across the street from the Plaza and near Central Park on the corner of 5th Avenue and 59th Street. From December 20-28, 2011... Read More

Saks 3D Light Show the Snowflake and the Bubble

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Saks Fifth Avenue presents the light show spectacle “The Snowflake and the Bubble” and Holiday Window Displays.  The light show plays every 15 minutes from 5pm to 10pm running from now until January 6th 2012.  The light show is using state-of-the-art video technology to animate the entire Saks building on Fifth Avenue.  Fiat is Sponsoring this year Holiday Window... Read More

Apple’s New Store at Grand Central

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Every now and then a day falls upon us that you know you are never going to forget. Today was that day for ten of thousands of people at the opening of the largest Apple Store at Grand Central Station.  Might be one of the biggest grand openings a retail store has ever had. Celebrities from Michael J. Fox and Brooke Shields to comedians like Whoopi Goldberg and Jimmy Fallon attended... Read More

Union Square Holiday Market

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Union Square Holiday Market takes place now through December 24th, 2011 - Urban Space management handles the operations.  The market is opened between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.  There are over 100 vendors that offer great holiday gift items from handcrafted jewelry, cloths, toys, arts and so much more.  The market at the very least is such a great place to browse.  This... Read More

Washington Square Christmas Tree

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The Washington Square Association Tree Lighting Ceremony is December 7th at 6pm.  The Washington Square Christmas Tree stands 45 feet high and will be situated under the Arch, what a sight to see. Lights will be on from 4pm – 1am right through the holiday season.  Wednesday December 7th, the Rob Susman Brass Quartet with children and adults will be singing holiday songs.  This... Read More

Columbus Circle Holiday Fair

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Columbus Circle Holiday Fair takes place now through December 24th, 2011; hours of operation are Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM and on Sunday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.  This is the 7th year for this charming fair and its situated in the perfect location, right off of Central Park and Columbus Circle near the Time Warner Center.  Not to mention you are just south of Lincoln... Read More

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

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The 2011 Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes is going on now through January 2nd, 2012, if you are in NYC during these weeks it is highly recommended that you go see this show.  This is the show’s 79th year where they will set the bar for the holidays. Everybody knows nobody does Christmas like New York City; Radio City Music Hall is one of the holiday staples... Read More

Park Avenue Tree Lighting

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The Park Avenue Tree Lighting held their 66th Annual lighting on Sunday December 4th.  This tradition started way back to 1945 in honoring men and women who lost their lives in World War ll.  Now it it’s a symbol for all who have died defending our country as well as the holiday season.  The lighting will take place at 6:30 PM and will be followed by a ceremony outside the... Read More

Macy’s during the Holiday’s

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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... Read More

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

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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... Read More

Grand Central Holiday Fair

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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... Read More

FAO Schwarz

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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... Read More

Christmas in New York

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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... Read More

Twelfth Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square

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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... Read More

Under the Stars, Time Warner Center

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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... Read More

Holiday Shopping on Fifth Avenue

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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... Read More

Henri Bendel

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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... Read More

Arthur Christmas

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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... Read More

Gaga’s Workshop at Barney’s Department Store

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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... Read More

Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center

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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... Read More

Citi Pond at Bryant Park Tree Lighting Ceremony

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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... Read More

85th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

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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... Read More

Wollman Rink

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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... Read More

57th Street SnowFlake

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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... Read More

The Christmas Tree has arrived at Rockefeller Plaza

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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... Read More