New York City little known points of interest

Happy Holidays

English: A Christmas Tree at Home

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Here’s to a wonderful holiday season, whatever your faith.

2011 has been a great year but I expect 2012 to be even greater. BTW-for those spiritually attuned, 2012 began some time ago. I’m an a state of expectation for this new year. Hopefully, all the technical issues I had with my computer and Internet have been resolved so I will be posting on a regular basis. I have a lot of good suggestions of things to do in New York for 2012.

Did you at least get to see the wonderful holiday sights in New York? This is such a magical time of year. New York is transformed into a kaleidoscope of colors and sounds, Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs, Santas, nativity scenes. It is a most wonderful time of the year!

I’m not one for new year’s resolutions but what are your plans for the new year? Have you written out your plans? Maybe a year-long plan is too much. Break it down into the first 2 or 3 months. Make it manageable but get started.

I look forward to sharing with you and getting your feedback. In the meantime, having a rip-roaring New Year’s eve celebration.


December 27, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , | Leave a comment

Christmastime is here!

A christmas tree.

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This is a happy, jolly, yummy time of the year. Colored lights, Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs, snowflakes, Salvation Army red donation kettles, decorated store windows, even chestnuts roasting on vendor carts. And only a few days to see it all. Wow.

Everyone knows about the famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center and it is an impressive site to see but did you know about some of the other beautiful trees on display in New York during the holiday season?

There is a 50 foot high Douglas fir at the South Street Seaport. You can also hear a cappella groups singing carols on Fridays (6-7pm) and weekends (3,4pm). Free. Daily 24 hours. Fulton Street at South Street in Manhattan.

Another little known but magnificent tree can be found at the New York Stock Exchange. I have to admit, I never knew about this tree before working in the area. It boasts 33,000  multicolored LED lights, 250 huge decorative balls and is a 60 foot tall,  Norway spruce topped by a 100 pound star. It’s not a money tree but it is beautiful. Free. Daily 24 hours. Broad Street between Exchange Place and Wall Street, right in front of the Stock Exchange. Lighting Dec 7, 5-5:30pm.

Cannot forget Brooklyn Borough Hall. The lighting ceremony for this 40 foot high tree from Canaan, Vermont will be Dec 7 at 5:30pm and will include a performance by the Brooklyn Ballet doing their hip-hop-influenced Nutcracker. 209 Joralemon St at Court St in Downtown Brooklyn. Free.

If you know of other beautiful trees, please email the information to

December 5, 2010 Posted by | General | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment