Photographer's Note

New York City. The Big Apple. Gotham. Manhattan.

The focus of this picture is the traditional old New York City lamp post, with the building facade and decoration behind it. The picture represents all that is the city: the life (the lamp post), the people (all the twinkle lights), the parks (the trees), and of course the buildings.

There is nothing quite like Christmas in New York. Nothing.

Never mind that you might not be American, that you might not even celebrate Christmas. Just to see the enormity of decorations this city has on every street corner, in every window, hanging on every item of nature baffles the average mind.

Sure Times Square has its artificial daylight, St. Marks its everyday crowds of tattoo and fortune teller seekers. But nothing topples how far the city will go to brighten (literally) the holidays.

Being a near Manhattan-ite, I of course roll my eyes at throngs of tourists and avoid largely crowded areas, like for example, the Macy's windows.
But there are just those times that you can't help but hike it down to midtown to see the glory of among other things Rockefeller Center.

I took this picture on one of those exact occasions. Several times during the class semester, I'd have a strict desire to hop on a subway and go downtown to capture the holiday "glow" in utmost touristy fashion.

The time I actually did get to do so was with a car, driving into Manhattan from the Island adjacent to the city (Long Island), on a one day excursion with my family. After a long ordeal and accomplishment of the near impossible feat of finding an available spot (in garage or not), we were able to walk around a bit.

THIS photo was actually taken driving around in a traditional fashioned "mom" tour, before the parking spot feat was accomplished. It shows part of the decoration of an enormous tree made of lights on the side of Macy's.
What this picture doesn't show, however, is the bitter cold temperatures of that night, very much below 30 degrees if I remember correctly.

But as is tradition, witnessing the City's greatest and most beautiful waste of electricity is always a fun opportunity, and those of us that are able are very lucky indeed.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to All!

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo!
Joyeux Noel et Bonne Annee!

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