|The magnificent Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree|
It was lit on November 28th at a star-studded concert attended by thousands of New Yorkers and tourists.
This tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City, but few people know that once Christmas is over, the giant tree is cut into lumber and donated to Habitat for Humanity.
When I learned that, I was so happy!
It's a lot warmer and more convenient than actually having been there myself... at least that's what I'm telling myself.
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
First stop is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As you can see there was a special Bernini exhibit there, as well as an exhibit of British Silver.
|The museum's Christmas tree|
I love all the Renaissance angels on the tree. It's truly beautiful. I love the Holy Family there in the middle. Here is a detail of it.
|Bernini clay sculptures|
In addition to the Bernini exhibit, there were many other wonderful things to see:
|Faberge Eggs - Fabulous!|
|American Artist George Bellows|
|Works by Henri Matisse were also on display|
Then I looked it up.
Mom and Dad, you would be proud. My education was not in vain. It is a Matisse.
Phew. I was worried for a minute, there.
|Medieval British Silver - just gorgeous|
|Stained glass by Tiffany|
|The building is as beautiful as the exhibits. I love this shot of the windows at the museum,|
with the New York skyline seen through the glass.
No trip to New York would be complete without visiting Radio City Music Hall and seeing the famous Rockettes!
My friends were impressed by how lovely the decorations were, everywhere they went. So many buildings were decorated - they said it put L.A. to shame.
To hammer home their point, they took this picture of a random office building not far from Radio City Music Hall:
|The Christmas Tree in the lobby|
Roni-Sue is actually Rhonda Kave, an entrepreneur and a chocolatier. Her shop is in the historic Essex Street Market on the Lower East Side.
|This is Roni-Sue of Roni-Sue chocolates|
Love, love, love your work.
|Holiday Wreath workshop|
Holiday wreaths - I can just imagine how good this must smell!
THE WALDORF ASTORIA
A yummy chocolate fountain from the folks who gave you potato chips, and Waldorf Salad!
|Wonder what they'd say if you just stuck your head in there...|
|Okay, better to order the hot chocolate, perhaps?|
I asked Ray if the hot chocolate picture showed hot chocolate from the Waldorf and if it was any good, and he wrote, "Yup. It was very chocolaty. Wish I had one right now."
Ummmm. Me too!
|Spices from all over the world|
The Chelsea market bazaar had little shops with all kinds of fun things to buy.
|Pop Karma - Popcorn snacks that are good for you|
|Inside the Pop Karma|
They make the popcorn fresh daily. Their Popcorn flavors? How about:
organic extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt (vegan);
Zen Cheddar: Simple pure white cheddar goodness (Vegetarian);
Pure Carmel: a light coating of real caramel at its best (Vegetarian).
Then there's the Seasonal Popcorn:
Porcini Cheddar: deep fall flavor that celebrates the forest’s bounty (Vegetarian) with dehydrated Porcini and shitake mushrooms;
Masala: (The riotous flavors and colors of
India blend harmoniously into
Gingerbread Stout Caramel: The Yuletide in popcorn, with sugar plum fairies on your tongue (Vegetarian).
Seeing their flavors, I realized I already make something similar to their Masala popcorn! (Garam Masala and a bit of spicy curry makes for a wonderful spiced popcorn.)
Yes, I'm a huge fan. I love popcorn.
I would have loved visiting here.
|Wendy, the lady behind the popcorn counter|
My neighbors really liked this bright young woman and were impressed by her popcorn professionalism. (Well, they said she was really nice! and the popcorn was yummy.)
A visit to New York just simply must include some theatre. It's the law. Here are a couple of shows that are playing right now:
|A fun show for the holidays - you pick the ending|
My friends also fit in the revival of perennial favorite, Annie.
|Who doesn't like Annie?|
Seeing that sign, don't you just feel like singing, "Sun'll come out - Tomorrow!"
Okay. I confess, I saw it and had to hum a bar or two.
Visiting the 9/11 Memorial is not exactly a fun thing, but my neighbors found it beautiful and very moving. They had to stop for a moment when they came to this name:
Somehow reading the name 'Helen Crossin Kittle and her Unborn Child' moved them to tears. It just makes you stop and think how our lives can be changed in the blink of an eye - forever.
New York is an interesting and vital city with lots of things to see and do. My friends crammed a lot into the long holiday weekend they were there. I'm glad they were willing to share with us!
Hope you are enjoying the holidays, too!
-Photos courtesy G.D.Leigh and R.Fry