December 12, 2016
All around Manhattan
Train In/Out: Fairfield, CT
Miles walked: 7
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 with m.Zuiko 12-40mm PRO
Christmas in New York...I knew it was coming, LOL. I figured my "when in Rome" theme should continue so I visited the obligatory Rockefeller Center tree this week. But I thought to myself, this can't be the only tree in New York?! So I researched a bit and found a few other trees that might be fun to visit. None were as grand as Rockefeller, but I would say the tree in Washington Square Park was a close second as far as style goes. Obviously the trees look better when it's dark, so I got into New York around 3:15pm and made my way around the city capturing as many Christmas trees as I could find.
I promise, they get better. ;)
Grabbed a pic of this table because they were projecting images on the ceiling.
A-for-effort getting on the 52MM Tree-Ma-Geddon page!
The tree in the 5th Avenue Library. I would have to look back at my January 2016 photos, but I think when I took a tour of the library the tree was up from last year. I know there were some holiday decorations anyway. Kind of weird that it's come full circle and it's that time of year again.
While at the library, I asked if the Rose Reading Room had reopened. It was closed for construction but I remember seeing pictures of it on the construction sign and it looked pretty amazing. So I went upstairs to take a quick peek. Quite the ceiling. I might go back and try to get some better shots another time, this was just a quick handheld shot.
Please ignore the garbage cans. This is a seasonal event room at Bryant Park. It was closed and they were setting up for a party. I popped in to ask if I could take a picture and they were nice enough to say yes.
Bryant Park Tree.
Facebook sponsored this Virtual Reality thing at Bryant Park. People were wearing Goggles looking at who knows what. Maybe I'll check it out next week...I think my biggest concern is they will show me something and make me car sick!
OK, so there's a Whole Foods next to Bryant Park? Is this new? I don't know how I never noticed it before.
Office building lobby at 1 Bryant Place.
I'm running out of time to add a few more Interesting Things people! Since the frame is almost as tall as the girl, she made it. Welcome.
No one around. Darn.
Saks Fifth Avenue.
Rockefeller Center, the tree ahead.
The tree. Wasn't dark yet but close enough.
I like this perspective better.
Flags at the skating rink.
A different kind of Christmas angel.
I just thought the beading on her coat was impressive.
Up by Trump Tower, they now have 56th street closed to all traffic in this area. It will stay like this indefinitely now that Donald Trump will be president. What a drag for businesses in this area.
Looking across 5th Avenue to the other side of 56th street.
Still a small media circus around Trump Tower.
See, told you it was a circus! :)
A decent sized protest with lots of chanting going on.
I liked this image a lot.
Looking down 5th Avenue toward Trump Tower and the protesters. They have a decent amount of 5th Ave. closed off to traffic around this block as well.
They are right up there as some of my favorite people I've come across on 52 Magic Mondays. There were 4 little dogs in that stroller. Super low light so it's not the best shot, but good enough!
Tree in the Plaza Hotel lobby.
The Plaza restaurant area, took a quick peek in there.
A sweet moment captured in the Todd English food court in the basement of the Plaza.
Up by Columbus Circle, another one of those popup shopping areas they have all over the city at this time of year.
Time Warner building.
Lincoln Center tree. #disappointing! Sorry, it was pretty lame.
This subway was full of all sorts of information about proper conduct on the subway. No pole dancing, don't clip your nails or eat a huge meal. It was pretty funny. I got a great photo of a boy doing a pole dance on July 4, Week 26. I remember the date so well because it was the half way point for 52 Magic Mondays. And now we are almost done...(sigh).
So THAT'S where he is! Good to know. Maybe I'll visit Belgium in 2017 and post a few God photos for you all.
I've subway'd down to the Greenwich Village area now...a little different kind of Christmas display here.
The tree at Washington Square Park. Looks great under the arch. I needed everyone to go home but they kept hanging around, LOL. Best I could do since I didn't want to be in the city until midnight.
Made my way up to Madison Square Park and came across this curious lighted hammock installation. Pretty cool! I was on a tripod to get this shot, only one that came out ok. If people moved then I would end up with "ghost people" in the image because my exposure was several seconds.
Ah, the Box. Some nice memories here during 52 Magic Mondays. Enjoyed a glass of wine here a couple of times, a nice conversation with a special friend, and I met Agador the dog here!
The tree at Madison Square Park. Totally missing some branches on the lower left. But I like the almost eery feel to this shot.
That ends my Tree-Ma-Geddon edition of 52 Magic Mondays. I went from Grand Central to Bryant Park, Rockefeller, Trump Tower, The Plaza, Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center, Washington Square Park, Union Square (no photo - no tree!), and Madison Square Park. You could say I've gotten pretty good at navigating the city. I think I took an 8:07pm train, so not a bad day's work in just under 5 hours.
Until the next Magic (Birthday) Monday!