My wife and I are from the New York City area, originally suburban Connecticut, but we’ve always been infatuated, amazed, impressed, and stunned by the New York City experience. We took a trip today to some of New York City’s most recognized Holiday spots and though we expected to be overcome with crowds (we went on the first Saturday in December) there were a few things about this trip which left a bad taste in both our mouths.
1)Windows at Macy’s Herald Square: The holiday themed windows at Macy’s Herald Square are legendary. Made famous each year by top designers and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the windows depicted classic scenes from the film “Miracle on 34th Street.” But that was about all we could see. The big letdown about this was not the windows themselves but the ravenous crowds loitering around them. We’re savvy walkers and are able to hold our own but the people outside of these windows were not just self-involved and crowding, they were just downright rude. We couldn’t even get close enough to get an image; of anything!
2)Bryant Park: After Macy’s we headed up Avenue of the Americas and stopped off at the temporary stands and the ice rink which are located there. We strolled along the revue and doted on the shops of various themes; ethnic paraphernalia, arts, crafts, and others which were all interesting if not appealing. That is, until we found “NYC Touch.” I asked my wife, “What does that mean!? NYC Touch?” She shrugged so I investigated a little bit closer. Really the only thing that NYC Touch sold was hats and scarves; really expensive hats and scarves! This Bryant Park mainstay was the most vexing and obvious rip-off I’d seen in New York City in some time. There were so many people in this store too, lapping the products up. “NYC Touch” – what does that even mean?! This shop at Bryant Park was a big let-down and a huge scam; making me feel bad to be a New Yorker.
3)Rockefeller Christmas Tree: Finally, a little bit defeated, we ventured up to Rockefeller Center to visit this year’s “70 ft tall Norway Spruce;” the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. We happened upon it and it was very nice; although it didn’t look as grand as it usually did. Not as tall? I’m no expert on tree height but we both agreed that it was not up to snuff.
We were both a little sad. Christmas wasn’t as much fun as it used to be. We were off-put by the masses and the veneer had certainly faded.
As we were leaving though, we happened upon the skating rink at Rockefeller Center. We both stood at a large window and gazed out at the folks all having fun, skating, laughing, and loving. This final image is the one that I will take with me; friends and families having a good time, appreciating the time they spend with one another.
So whatever the let-down, I say without spite
Merry Christmas to all, And to all a good night