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Yesterday’s snow storm which didn’t even have a name I believe, certainly caused enough havoc in some places.  New York which is famous for its iconic landmarks  such as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building and many, many more also has a few new icons.  One of which is the glass APPLE cube entrance to their Fifth Avenue store.  

A snowblower plowed into one of the walls and shattered the glass all the way from top to bottom!

UH OH!

UH OH!

Photo by Christina@christinagignac

Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York is encased in a beautiful 32-foot-tall glass cube near Central Park.

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Hosting my blog on WordPress.com gives me a lot of information.  A lot of it is really valuable in learning about where your readers come from, which posts were the most popular and more.

WordPress.com sent me a summary of my activity for the year 2013 and I’d like to share some of it with you.  The first factoid is the date and post which brought in the most activity.

Crunchy numbers

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 34,000times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

In 2013, there were 164 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,040 posts. There were 280pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 59 MB. That’s about 5 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 13th with271 views. The most popular post that day was Sun and Sand, Sangria and Surfing plus Salmon, It’s Saturday-DAY 6.  

Pasha and Fletcher

Pasha and Fletcher

Attractions in 2013

These are the posts that got the most views in 2013. You can see all of the year’s most-viewed posts in your Site Stats.

Some of your most popular posts were written before 2013. Your writing has staying power! Consider writing about those topics again.  I would love to use this important data and write about these top posts but how to do so?  I’ve already written about the Bundling Board twice! 

Where did they come from?

139 countries in all! Including Indonesia, Brazil, Australia, Russia, India and the Phillipines and Japan
Most visitors came from The United States. Canada & The United Kingdom were not far behind.

My sincerest thanks to all of my regular readers and followers and a tip of the hat to those visitors who stop by to see specific posts;  Whether you’re looking for the original Candy Land board or a bundling board, or Central Park snow scenes or Central Park denizens or the Top Ten things to do in NYC at Christmastime or the Top Ten movie mistakes, thanks for visiting.

A Snowy Bethesda Fountain

A Snowy Bethesda Fountain

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

 

 

 

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As the holiday season in New York City revs up to full speed, the most popular post in my blog has been Top Ten Things To Do In New  York City During Christmastime– see previous post: Top Ten Things To Do in New York City during Christmastime.  I’ve been looking around and researching what’s happening around town to see if I have missed anything and don’t you know I did discover something!

Turns out that the Citicorp building in midtown is no longer the home to a fantastic adult and child-pleasing train display.  Very disappointing because this Sunday I planned to take Finley to see this wonderful exhibit.  I’m not sure if and where it has moved.

Here’s my 2012 list of suggestions on ways to celebrate the season in New York City.

New York City’s own LITE-BRITE Tree

  1. THE TREE – STILL the number one tourist attraction this time of year and an event televised nationally – The lighting of the Christmas tree in ROCKEFELLER CENTER  a spectacle to behold and free.  Each year I marvel at this monstrous beauty and each year it looks better than the year before.  Walk around the Center, see the ice skaters, better yet, why not rent a pair and join in the fun! 
  2. GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL:  Millions of people have passed through this temple of transportation, so many trips begin and end here!  Walk though this architectural landmark;  View the heavenly ceiling with its golden astrological symbols.  Visit the Transit Museum and Gift Shop (even if you are “only looking”).  There’s always several vintage train sets on display. The Christmas Fair booths in Vanderbilt Hall are great for unusual and unique gifts and there are many retail outlets throughout the Terminal.  If you arrive after 3pm and are sans kids, you might want to have a late afternoon or evening cocktail at The Campbell Apartment.  It has been restored to its original splendor when it was the private office and salon of the 1920’s tycoon John W. Campbell.
  3. THE NUTCRACKER BALLET – You can catch a performance of THE NUTCRACKER at BAM- BROOKLYN ART MUSEUM performed by The American Ballet Company  Very easy to get there by subway or bus.  This year’s show is dazzling and entertaining.  Suitable for children ages 4 yrs and up. It’s a holiday classic.
  4. RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SHOW – But nothing is more classic than going to RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL and seeing the ROCKETTES perform in the annual RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SHOW.  I have been going since I was little;  My grandmother used to take me and as a young girl, I was overwhelmed by the size of the Music Hall and the sweeping grand staircase.  The show is magical, the Rockettes are truly spectacular.  My favorite routine is the Wooden Soldiers. And you can never get tired of watching in awe how those legs just keep high-kicking!  Children love the show, there are two recent pieces done in 3-D and Santa is the host throughout the show.  

    And down they go one by one

    And down they go one by one

  5. WALKING THE WINDOWS –Walking in Midtown Manhattan during this holiday season is one of the best ways to enjoy Christmastime in New York.  On your way to Rockefeller Center, you should plan a walking route that will take you past some of New York’s premier department stores and their breath-taking window displays. The stores to see (and they are all within walking distance of one another) are: Bloomingdale’s* at 59th St/Lexington Ave., SAKS Fifth Avenue at 49th St., Bergdorf Goodman’s on Fifth Ave/58th St., Barney’s on Madison Ave/61st St.  * Bloomingdale’s is a great place for your kids to visit Santa.  ** Not within walking distance  BUT certainly a New York holiday experience is a trip to Macy’s,  the renowned Christmas store in Miracle on 34th Street.
  6. The UNICEF SNOWFLAKE –Strolling along Fifth Avenue in the evening is a treat in itself.  This is the time when the City lights up!  Look up and follow the Star on Fifth Avenue.  Since 1984, the Snowflake has been a holiday tradition. The snowflake was dedicated to Unicef  by the Sotheby family in 2002.  The original snowflake now hangs high above the Beverly Wilshire on Rodeo Drive.  In 2005, a new Snowflake was created by Ingo Maurer of Germany in collaboration with the Baccarat Crystal company.  The Snowflake has 12 double-sided branches, contains 16,000 crystals, is 23 feet wide and over 28 feet high.  Quite amazing!!  And then there’s CARTIER all wrapped up in a big red bow!

    The Unicef Snowflake

    The Unicef Snowflake

  7. SERENDIPTY 3 – FROZEN HOT CHOCOLATE! Seriously now, can you imagine just how delicious that is?? No, you can’t.  So you should give yourself a break from site-seeing and go to Serendipity 3 located at 225 East 60th St.  Frozen Hot   Chocolate is a treat not to be missed.
  8. THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART No trip to New York City regardless of the season is complete without a visit to THE MET.  One of the season’s glories is the BAROQUE CHRISTMAS TREE adorned with hand-crafted  Neapolitan  angels and surrounded with the BEST Nativity scene ever.  Hundreds of figures populate various scenes related to the story of The Nativity.  It is truly beautiful!  Note: The entry fee is “what you wish to pay” (really)!
  9. CHRISTMAS MARKETS – There are Christmas markets throughout the City, not as spectacular as those in Germany but they are here.  Check out Union Square, Columbus Circle and Bryant Park for a wide selection of craft items, art, outerwear and gifts of all sizes for all ages.
  10. NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS – If you think there’s nothing Christmasy to see at The Botanical Gardens, you’re way wrong!  There is a spectacular Holiday Train exhibit there.  You will marvel at the model trains and landmark replicas.  This exhibit is worth the trip to the Bronx and you can get there by subway and bus.  
    The Holiday Train Exhibit Botanical Gardens

    The Holiday Train Exhibit
    Botanical Gardens

    11. BONUS: GINGERBREAD ADVENTURES – Children explore the spices that make up a classic gingerbread recipe. Kids can step inside a child-sized gingerbread playhouse and also decorate a gingersnap cookie with frosting and candies. All ages will enjoy viewing a display of gingerbread houses made by New York City-area bakers.

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Just kidding of course!  New Yorkers have already started celebrating the holiday season!  Millions of white lights are being strung on trees, the ice rink is open in Bryant Park as well as Rockefeller Center, the Christmas Fair booths are opening around the City and Cartier has already wrapped their store on Fifth Avenue in a glowing red ribbon!    The kids and the not-s0-small kids are out cavorting around on the ice, kidding around so to speak.

“Ready or not here I come”

“I can do this”

Hurried

Oops!

“What’s that”?

“Look at me”

” I don’t wanna”!

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

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FAB FOTO FRIDAY

Of all the streets in Manhattan, none is more famous than Fifth Avenue.  Why half the parades in town march up this beautiful avenue!  There are stores, museums, Rockefeller Center and one of the world’s great parks-Central Park.  A stroll down the Avenue with a good camera and an even better eye and this is what you might see in one Friday afternoon.

Lego land, Lego store, Lego
Fifth Avenue is for kids and Legos

photo by Murray Head

Fifth Ave
Fifth Avenue is for Trying to Make It!

photo by Murray Head

tourists in nyc, Tiffany's,Tiffany & Co
Fifth is Home to Tiffany’s

photo by Murray Head

Fifth Avenue is for Art and Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center

photo by Murray Head

Fifth Avenue, tourists

Fifth Avenue is for Shopping

photo by Murray Head

food vendor, El Reydel Sabor,

Fifth Avenue is for eating Tacos

photo by Murray Head



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