28 December 2008

NYC at Christmastime

I know this post is a little late, but I still wanted to share some pictures from our trip to NYC last weekend. We had a blast checking out the city at Christmas and, especially, seeing Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

We set out for the city with some friends on Saturday morning. It was a quick 4 hour drive to the city from Ithaca, followed by a slower and less pleasant 1 hour drive through the Lincoln Tunnel. Jonathan and I found an amazing deal on a hotel on Hotels.com, so we stopped there briefly before setting out. We went to Times Square for a quick look around and then decided to go check out Macy's. It was utter and complete craziness.

I have never before been in a store that had to hire people to regulate foot traffic on the escalators. It was totally packed. Jonathan and I had to split up because he hadn't done any Christmas shopping yet. This seemed logical at the time, but was a big mistake. After an hour or so inside, we decided to go outside and admire the windows. I have absolutely no desire to ever enter that store during the holidays again.

I would, however, go back and see the window displays again. They were lovely, even if the street was packed too.

That evening we had tickets to see the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular with the friends we went to the city with. Radio City Music Hall is beautiful and the show was a lot of fun.

We went off on our own again after the Christmas Spectacular and decided to check out Rockefellar Center. The decorations there were also really nice and this next picture would be perfect if someone would Photoshop that one guy out of it! We looked at the skating rink (which was tiny!) and saw a pretty cool light display on Saks, which was just across the street.
The following day was pretty rainy in the morning, but luckily cleared up in the early afternoon. We took a stroll through Central Park and then spent several hours at the Metropolitain Museum of Art.

We both really liked the displays of armor at the Met. They even had one of Henry VIII's suits of armor.
We then walked (a long, long, long way) down Fifth Avenue to look at some of the famous stores down there. This was one of my favorite parts of our whole trip.

Below is one of the window displays at Bergdorf Goodman. All of their window's were really impessive.

My favorite part about Fifth Avenue was going into Tiffany's. We went to every floor in the place. I don't think Jonathan enjoyed it as much as I did.

On our last full day, Jonathan and I split up initailly so that he could do a little Christmas shopping. I went to Grand Central Station first to look at their Christmas market and then headed to the New York Public Library. It was so beautiful in there. Jonathan and I met back up at the library and headed back down Fifth Avenue to FAO Schwarz. FAO was also crazy, but in a much more managable way than Macy's was. We checked out all the toys, candy (this toy soldier was made entirely of candy!), and the big piano from the movie "Big" and headed back out to get some lunch.

After lunch, it was time for the big event and the reason for our trip. Conan. We were running late, so we had to rush to get to NBC Studios, but it ended up not being a big deal. We weren't allowed to take any pictures in the studio, so I don't have one to post, but it was definatly the highlight of our trip.

After Conan we went and ate dinner in Little Italy and then headed back to the hotel. I was pretty tired after three full days in the city, but we had so much fun!