I had an audition in the middle of the day, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to go see all the decorations around midtown (typically overcrowded during the holidays, but not so much during “business hours”). Sadly, I forgot how reflective the shop windows can be during those hours and didn’t have a polarizer to fix it with me, so there are some really weird looking views of those windows (some of which I actually enjoy). So enjoy the holiday festiveness from my 5.3 mile walk around midtown.
Madison Square Park and its fountain.
Somebody made giant gingerbread houses.
A tree in the opposite fountain area of Madison Square Park.
There is a menorah off to the side of the circle.
This is how brutal the sun was at this point, looking south.
Some buildings on Park Ave like to decorate their doorways.
The Morgan Library seems to be shirking their holiday cheer.
Welcome to Lord & Taylor.
The corner window of L&T with ballerinas.
Lord & Taylor kinda won for most festival this year (in my eyes).
A L&T window with faeries in jars.
The NYPL lions are wreathed up.
Even the lamp posts on the street are dressed up.
Tiffanies is covered in lights and wreaths.
Even the street signs get a makeover.
Rockefeller Center: empty in the middle of the afternoon.
Hidden toy soldiers behind the Atlas statue.
Looking up to the tree.
One of many toy soldiers around RC.
Bryant Park: shops, ice skating, and festive lamp posts!
It’s much more crowded here than at RC. Must be the shops.
I got a bit artsy with the fountain.
One of the Macy’s windows (I actually wasn’t wowed by theirs, and this year they did not decorate the rest of the building).
Herald Square is trimmed.
Festive down the block.
Churches get into the spirit as well.
Washington Square Park – they don’t light the tree until night time.
Looking north through the arch.
Next week: I’m taking next week off due to the holidays and visiting family – which means lots of snow hiking and pics with my brand new camera. We shall start the new year off with a surprise!