Nov 18, 2014

NY See | Macy's Balloons and Thanksgiving Day Parade

Good Morning!  Can you believe Thanksgiving is a little over a week away? I am so looking forward to heading home and spending some time with my family.  Nothing beats home cooked meals and and little R&R with my favorite people!

A few years ago my parents came to New York and spent Thanksgiving here.  Thanksgiving dinner at the Little Owl, seeing a broadway musical and doing a little holiday shopping were a few among many things we tried to squeeze into a long weekend.  We also went to see the parade balloons being blown up and were able to watch some of the Thanksgiving Day parade from Central Park South.  Even though we weren't at home and totally changed up our usual tradition, it was one Thanksgiving I will always remember.  

If you are spending Thanksgiving in or around NYC, you can check out the balloons yourself and stake out a place to watch some of the parade as well!  From 3-10pm on Wednesday, head up to Columbus Avenue and West 77th street and get an up close and personal look at some of the balloons that will be floating high above the streets Thursday morning.  They are held down with nets and sandbags, but you can still get a good look at just how big these guys are and how much it takes to keep them inflated for the whole parade.  This is a great idea if you have little ones with you.  And once you are done, there are several great restaurants nearby to grab dinner. Little note: be prepared for the possibility of a line and there will be crowds, so bring your patience and a snack! (two things I did not happen to bring with me when we went) Although my dad and I still give my mom grief for 'dragging' us up there, it was really fun to see and I am glad we went.  I can't wait for the Niece and Nephew to visit and see them as well! They will love it!

If you want to get an up close and front row view of the parade, I would suggest getting to a spot on the parade route earrrrllllyyy.  The parade starts at 9am ET,  so plan on being there at least three hours early to claim your spot and plan to stay until you are ready to go.  Don't forget lots of layers and a few snacks and things to keep you occupied while you are waiting for the parade to start.  The year my parents were here, we had breakfast at SaraBeth's, and walked out the door and were lucky enough to find a place to stand and see most of the parade as they came down central park south and turned onto 6th ave.  Even if you don't stay long or have the best view, it's still something you should definitely mark off your 'bucket list.'

Below are a few pictures from our Thanksgiving in NYC a few years ago.


Nov 13, 2014

Scarf-ing around

We have had our first taste of Winter here in NYC over the past few weeks.  With temperatures in the 40's and 50's, I am suddenly reminded of the brutal Winter we experienced last year.  And while I do love the colder temperatures, I am not sure I am quite ready for the frigid ones.  It's no surprise that I love accessories.  I mean, they do make an outfit, after all.  It wasn't until I moved to my new apartment a few months ago and was unpacking that I realized there is one accessory I have come to love a lot more than others; The Scarf.

I think, before I culled my collection, I had about 40!  Yes, 4-0!  From light weight, to a thick cowl neck, from bright prints to solid neutrals; my collection was vast.  And even though I was forced to get rid of some, I have still added a few more to the group.  Below are some of my favorites.  From everyday to the much needed thick winter scarf, these are great options to add to your wardrobe this season.


Nov 11, 2014

NY See | Winter Village at Bryant Park

It's safe to say that I love Christmas more than any holiday, my birthday included.  There is just something about this time of year that makes even a Monday enjoyable!  Living in New York only intensifies my adoration for the Holiday Season.  There are so many things for you to see and do during November and December that it's just about impossible to fit them all in!  But every year I try to take advantage of all the culture and holiday events I can.  Over the next few weeks the NY See posts will be all the fun things to do in New York over the holidays.  If you are here visiting, or just looking for something to do next weekend, these are great options and are sure to get you in the Holiday Spirit! 

The first must see is the Winter Village at Bryant Park.  If any of you have been to Bryant Park, you know its usually filled with summer movies on the lawn, yoga classes, and people just enjoying a bit of nature in the concrete jungle.  From mid October until January, it's transformed into a winter wonderland complete with an ice skating rink , little holiday shops and few seasonal places to take a break to eat or drink.  The ice skating rink is open until March, but the shops close in early January.  With over 125 boutique-like shops, you are bound to find a few things for those loved ones on your list this year.  They have everything from bath products, quirky bags, local food/cuisine, to dainty jewelry.  There will be something for everyone to enjoy here.  

So grab a friend and head out to Bryant Park this weekend!

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