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New York: It’s Christmastime in the City

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A December 2005 trip to New York by Carmen

Rockefeller Tree Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: I'd been to NYC before, but never during the Christmas season. It was worth the cold temps to get the Christmas spirit!

New York: It’s Christmastime in the City

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Overview

Rockefeller Center Photo, New York, New York
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I'd been to NYC before, so I'd seen all the tourist highlights, like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. However, you don't have to twist my arm to get me to visit and see a good show. I think, next to the Lion King, Wicked is the best show I've seen. You'll never watch the Wizard of Oz the same way again.But why see a show in December? Why not wait until the spring when the flowers are blooming and it's not 25 degrees? Well, it's all about Christmas in the city. I'd always thought it would be a great time to take in the sig...Read More

Courtyard Times Square

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Hotel | "Courtyard Marriott Manhattan: Welcome Home"

Courtyard Times Square Photo, New York, New York
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Finding a hotel room in NYC in the month of December was quite the drama. First, we were going to beat the prices and stay in Jersey City but decided we didn’t want the hassle of crossing the river every time we wanted to go back to our room – plus, we’d be wasting precious NYC time. But every hotel in the city was asking a ridiculous rate for what would really be just a place to sleep and store our stuff. The two-star hotels (with shared bathrooms – I think not) were asking $350 a night. I didn’t pay that to stay in the Bellagio in Las Vegas for pete’s sake! My friend’s Marriott rewards member status came to the rescue. She was able to secure a ro...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 13, 2005

Courtyard Times Square
114 W. 40th St.
New York, New York 10018
212-391-0088

Tavern on the Green

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Restaurant | "Brunch at Tavern On the Green: Eat ‘Til You Pop!"

Tavern on the Green Photo, New York, New York
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I was expecting our brunch at Tavern on the Green to be a cheesy tourist experience where they charge you $21 for scrambled eggs just to say you’ve eaten there. I will admit when I’m wrong (which isn’t often)--there’s nothing cheesy about the Tavern, and the food was so good we termed it our “clean our plates” experience. (You know, where you are sure you can’t eat one more thing, but it’s so good, you just keep going, knowing you’ll be sorry later?) Just like the rest of NYC, the Tavern was decked out in its Christmas finest, with a beautiful Christmas tree in the main dining room and poinsettias throughout as well. Even without the reds, greens, and golds, the colored glass light fixture...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 14, 2005

Tavern on the Green
Central Park West & 67th St (between 66th and 67th streets)
New York, New York 10023
(212) 873-3200

Sardi’s

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Restaurant | "The Many Faces of Sardi’s"

Sardi’s Photo, New York, New York
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Sardi’s is known for the famous faces that hang on the wall, in caricatures, that is. Rows and rows of exaggerated visages decorate the walls of this 80-plus-year-old restaurant in the heart of the theater district, just a block off of Times Square on West 44th Street between Broadway and 8th. (First hint, catch a cab or meet a car on 8th Avenue. If they come down 44th to pick you up, they’ll take forever to reach you and forever to get out of the gridlock.) I’d made reservations online through Sardis.com about 2 months in advance. They do take walk-ins, but on this Saturday night, with the pre-theater crowd, the wait was 2 hours without reservations when we arrived at 5pm. (Even 2 months ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 14, 2005

Sardi’s
234 W. 44th St.
New York, New York
(212) 221-8440

Gershwin Theater

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Attraction | "“Wicked” Awesome!"

Gershwin Theater Photo, New York, New York
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Getting tickets to the Broadway show "Wicked" is like trying to find a needle in a haystack and then having to pay out the nose for it once you find it. I threw down $160 a piece (the show was “sold out” through Broadway.com and Gerswhin.com, where they were $75 to $100) at ticketsnow.com without any hesitations based on the reviews of a few friends and a couple of Tony Awards.First, let me preface this review by saying I intensely dislike the Gershwin Theater. The elderly volunteer ticket checker (Betty) was the non-amusing pre-show entertainment, getting in fights with patrons over whether or not they’d showed her their tickets and how many and where their sea...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 14, 2005

Gershwin Theater
222 West 52nd Street
Manhattan, New York 10019

Radio City Music Hall

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Attraction | "Kick Up Your Heels and Take the Radio City Tour"

Radio City Music Hall Photo, New York, New York
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The chance to be up close and personal with a Rockette? I’ll take it! That was one of the highlights of this $17 1-hour backstage tour of one of music’s most famous buildings. The other was getting to see a small portion of the sold-out Radio City Christmas Spectacular through an upstairs viewing room. (If there’s a show or rehearsals going on during your tour, they allow you to watch for about 5 minutes or so while giving some more historical and technical info in the background.)Ask me to recite back to you any of that historical and technical info, however, and you’ll be hard-pressed to get an answer out of me. Having never seen the Rockettes liv...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 14, 2005

Radio City Music Hall
1260 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10020
(212) 247-4777

NBC Studio Tour

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Attraction | "NBC Studio Tours: Turn to Channel 12"

NBC Studio Tour Photo, New York, New York
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What’s it like to be Brian Williams, sitting behind a news desk? Is the Saturday Night Live set a laugh-a-minute? How does a green screen work? If you’ve ever lost sleep pondering these questions, or even thought about it for a few minutes, this may be the tour for you. We purchased a ticket to tour NBC Studios in Rockefeller Center for $19 each. They don’t, however, make it easy on you. The tour departs in the candy center of the NBC Studio Gift Shop (why there’s a big candy store in the middle of all the LA Law and Friends paraphernalia, I’ll never know.) It is, I’m sure, a ploy to make you spend money, and it’s crowded to boot. You also have to ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 14, 2005

NBC Studio Tour
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York
(212) 664-7174

Christmas at Rockefeller Center

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Attraction | "What’s in Store at the Christmas Windows?"

Christmas at Rockefeller Center Photo, New York, New York
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One of the big reasons for me to walk around in frigid temperatures all bundled up and looking like the Michelin Man was to see the famous department store Christmas windows. These can be seen on a walking tour (start with Macy’s on 34th and Broadway, head over to 5th Avenue for Lord & Taylor, walk up 5th Avenue to Saks, your midway point, then walk farther up 5th Avenue, hang a right onto 51st Street, and go to the corner of Lexington Avenue for Bloomingdale's.) Or, if it’s cold out, like it was when I was there, check out Macy's and Lord & Taylor, then grab a taxi to Saks, then another to Bloomingdale's, and save your toes from frostbite. Most of the stores had window...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 14, 2005

Christmas at Rockefeller Center
Between 47th and 50th Streets and 5th and 7th Avenues
New York, New York

Christmas in NYC Photo, New York, New York
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Why in the world would anyone don layer after layer, wear a stupid hat and big bulking earmuffs, and choke themselves with a ridiculous scarf to wear themselves out walking around New York City? Christmas. New York does Christmas right, and it does Christmas big. You can’t turn around without Christmas knocking you in the head. And it’s wonderful! If you ever feel like you can’t get into the Christmas spirit, come to New York and let the city help you out. Even the hotel prices and snow aren’t enough to deter!The most famous Christmas NYC landmark is probably the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. While I did expect it to be bigger somehow (which is crazy, as it’s a 74-foo...Read More