New York City 2013 Holiday Season – 1

Although my wife and I are Bahá’ís and do not celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, we still fondly enjoy the lights and the music of the Season. So each year we take one Saturday of the Holidays (that wonderful time post Thanksgiving and pre New Years) to visit New York City.

This year we were lucky enough to have six dear friends join us. NYC was, as usual, packed, but this year it seemed, even more so. Our routine year-to-year is the same: breakfast in the Village at Reggio, a walk up 5th Avenue from Macy’s to 30 Rockerfeller Square—where they have the gigantic Christmas Tree topped with the Swarovski crystal, and the ice rink—for coffee and a snack; then a further walk up 5th Avenue to Central Park where we wander for an hour or so. After that it is a late lunch at any one of the city’s world class restaurants, and, well, sorry France, Spain, Italy and the Dominican Republic, but the best restaurants of each of your cultures is in Manhattan! Next Time Square and finally, to hear one of the best male choirs in the world, St. Thomas Episcopal church on 5th Avenue, for Evensong. And then to Bryant Park for some shopping and a coffee before heading to Grand Central for the ride home.  It”s a long day, but a great one!

Before viewing the photographs, I would also like to invite you to visit the poetry blog, the Book of Pain. Thank you for dropping by the Book of Bokeh.

Building Detail - NYC

Building Detail – NYC

Consumer - self portrait, NYC

Consumer – self portrait, NYC

Yellow Cab - NYC

Yellow Cab – NYC

For sale - NYC

For sale – NYC

Have a seat - NYC

Have a seat – NYC

That look - NYC

That look – NYC

Casting - NYC

Casting – NYC

The world gathers here - NYC

The world gathers here – NYC

What a yarn - Anthrpologie store front detail, NYC

What a yarn – Anthrpologie store front detail, NYC

All photographs and comments ©2014 by John Etheridge with all rights reserved; not to be used without the expressed written permission of the copyright owner.

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