city sidewalks on Christmas day

12.27.2011

For the past month my family and I have been laboring under the delusion that Manhattan would be quiet on Christmas day. We were dead wrong. The city was busier than I've seen it in a while, and it's been very busy in my opinion. The only time I've (personally) ever seen more people in Manhattan was when I accidentally turned up in the middle of Rockefeller Center on the very evening of the tree lighting ceremony. Talk about claustrophobia.

Despite the severely packed sidewalks, we had a great time and even found parking on the street.. a first for us because we only take the train (because driving in the city is a straight up nightmare and parking is even worse.. and trains are nice because you don't have to drive them.)




We took a stroll through Central Park, stopped in the Plaza in search of a restroom- fail, glanced at the Bergdorf windows, wandered into one of the Trump buildings and actually found a restroom- thanks mr. trump, stopped in St. Patrick's Cathedral, and then walked over to see the tree.

The tree was a bit fatter than usual, which is great. I love a good fat tree. The rounder the better, really. It was a lot prettier this time than the last time I saw it.. that could be because the darn thing was covered in scaffolding when I was last there at 1am on a chilly November evening.

After seeing the tree we ducked into a little cafe for some hot chocolate although it really wasn't cold enough to warrant a steamy beverage.. 45 degrees on Christmas day when just last year we had a major blizzard the day after Christmas. That's ok though, I'd drink hot chocolate even on a summer day. Actually, I heard that hypothermia can set in even at 50 degrees, so I take back what I said about it not being cold enough for a hot beverage.

And on that note, I think I'll go to sleep! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I loved seeing your Christmasy instagram snaps throughout the day!

22 comments:

  1. ah. purely lovely. Love the animation in the last photo.

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  2. It's hard to imagine the packed streets with such tranquil photos! Merry merry.

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  3. That last picture is amazing! Gah! I wish I had your talent! :) Looks like you had so much fun!

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  4. how cool! love the christmas tree!
    Happy Holidays!!!

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  5. Beautiful photos. I love the last one of Christmas tree. I've followed you on Instagram, my is heavenlydreams88. Follow me back please :-D x

    Glad you had a wonderful Christmas x

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  6. How fun! We were just there last week. Loved every minute of it!

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  7. Those are some absolutely gorgeous photos. NYC is so lovely this time of year.

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  8. beautiful photos as usual :)

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  9. Oh wow. I went to NYC when I was sixteen. Absolutely loved it and wish I could go back.

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  10. Your photos never fail to amaze me! I've always wanted to visit NY during the holidays...I love the illumination and energy of big cities like that during this time of year!

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  11. This looks like a great adventure! Thank you for sharing!

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  12. Great photos! Have a great day. xo, rv

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  13. These are so dreamy! I want to go to NY for Christmas someday!!! Im so jealous, but these are so so very beautiful photos :) Love this post!!!

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  14. One day I will go to New York at Christmas time!

    Beautiful pictures!

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  15. looks like such a beautiful day! when I was in nyc a few years ago I fell in love with st patricks, its uh-MAZING!

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  16. I'm surprised there were that many people too! One of my bucket list to-dos is to spend several days before Christmas in New York. Seriously, dying over your pictures!

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  17. Great photos are usual, Sarah! Your Christmas in Manhattan looked lovely. I love fat trees too! They're so jolly. :)

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  18. I love NYC in the Winter, it defines Christmas... thank you for sharing! Thanks for sharing! Please have a coffee at Zibetto Espresso Bar at 1385 6th Ave. for me! I miss NYC!

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  19. these pictures are great, your family is perfect, and that saint patrick's cathedral is a dream. love!
    xo TJ

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