When I first moved to NY, I was so fascinated by the lights around the city. Times Square was my one spot light buffet. Over time, as I become less “touristy,” I realized 5th ave and Time Square were only a Wednesday night wonder because any other day it was so crowded with tourists stopping to take pictures it was impossible to even walk around. With the exception of going there when I have friends and family in town, I try to refrain from going anywhere near those areas on the weekend..until of course I need my ever so often dosage of lights.
In December, a couple friends went with me to go see the tree lighting and performances at Rocker Feller Center. It was so crowded we couldn’t even see the 80 something feet tree at all. We ended up going to the closest restaurant – half a minute away from Rocker Feller Center – and watched the tree lighting on TV while being inside and in the company of a heater.
However, the lights always put me in awe especially when I saw the Saks Window Show – freezing in the cold to watch lights jump around was worth it. It almost reminded me of New York’s version of the Las Vegas Water Show – compact, made for the tourists, and after you’ve seen it once you can’t really watch it again!
I watched the window show waiting for my friend one night. The countdown in the beginning is really funny – HAPPY NEW WINDOW SHOW! Oh New York tourists…
A big part of NY in the winter is the “light life” – it brightens up the streets and makes winter wonderful. Curious note – is it that bright and alive in the Summer too? I guess I’ll just have to wait and find out!