Bright Lights: Bright City #TuesdayTopPicks

NYC is home to some of the most well- known holiday decorations. Bitter cold weather and snowy, slippery subway stairs aside, there is something so special about the holiday season in the city. From tourists to those that call New York home, everyone should take time out from the craziness to revel in the beauty that is all around. Some of these attractions even have unique history that many are unaware of. Make it a point to truly cherish our beautiful city especially this time of year. I know I will!

Check out my top ten:

 1)     ROCKEFELLER CENTER

The city’s most famous tree was first erected in the height of the depression. This year, a Norway Spruce from Mount Olive, NJ has been chosen by Erik Pauze. It stands tall with special meaning for those in the tri-state area this year because the tree has survived super-storm Sandy. It is being embellished with 30,000 lights and will be topped with a Swarovski star.

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2)     NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS

A train show, gingerbread house, and 26ft tall Fraser Firs makes for a perfect family outing or date night with someone special.

 Botanical Garden

3)     PARK AVENUE MEMORIAL TREES

Since 1945, the trees that line Park Avenue are lit in memory of those who have lost their lives for our country.

Best park ave trees

4)     BRYANT PARK

It is a true Winter Wonderland with a 50 foot Norway Spruce, ice skating, and plenty of holiday shops.

Bryant Park

5)     THE BRONX ZOO

The Wild Winter Wonderland is fun for children and adults alike! Watch animals open presents, ride on a horse and carriage, and take notes from the professional ice sculptors.

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6)     TIME WARNER BUILDING

Columbus circle is lit up by twelve 14ft stars that hang from the Time Warner Building’s sky high ceilings.

Time Warner Stars

7)     DEPARTMENT STORE WINDOWS

The window displays of Lord and Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, and Barneys are among some of the most popular holiday attractions since the Industrial Revolution in late 1800’s.

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Macy’s 1907 Zady.com

 

8)     MADISON SQUARE PARK

Although it is currently not a main NYC attraction, America’s first community tree was lit here on December 24, 1912.

 Madison Square Park

 

9)     SOUTH STREET SEAPORT

 The South Street Seaport has hosted a tree lighting ceremony for over thirty years now with live music, good food, holiday shopping, and ice skating!

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10)  MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Volunteers begin their origami art in July in order to hang over five hundred figures on a large tree; a tradition over 30 years old.

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*All images via Google Images unless otherwise noted

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One Response to Bright Lights: Bright City #TuesdayTopPicks

  1. Daniellle says:

    Ahh, this was a pleasure reading. Really enjoyed the old pictures of NYC. Nice to see, thank you!

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