Holidays in New York

I guess the only thing you can move on this Christmas day is your finger. So no long words, just some pictures to scroll down of my favorite Christmas places in New York. This holiday gets some kind of a triple injection if you spend it in New York, glitter and lights everywhere. You don´t have to do it twice but once in a lifetime it´s truly an amazing experience.P1000346Times Square – looks like Christmas every time of the year.P1000468P1000476Best Western President Hotel just around the corner. If you don´t go down for dinner, they get your dinner up to you. Behind the aquarium is an Asian restaurant.P1000287P1000288P1000299P1000290Another nice spot to stay at: Dream Hotel, where the anual Victoria´s Secret aftershow party normaly takes place. With a beautiful bar overviewing New York.P1000338M&M´s Store at Times Square. Making history out of chocolate…P1000557P1000508P1000888Piere 17 and the Brooklyn Bridge. Don´t feed the birds and the girls.P1000568P1000969You will get a great view over Central Park from the Mandarin Oriental. Just book an afternoon tea there and get a seat at the window.P1000352P1000368P1000365Yoko Ono created this little garden in the Central Park in honor of John Lennon. They used to live in the appartment building in front.P1000652 2P1000424P1000609P1000640P1000728Sorry guys, you have to do this. It´s a nice boat ride and if you book your ticket in advance you can even climb up to the crown. And the immigration museum on Ellis Island (second stop) is incredible!P1000707P1000697P1000673P1000656P1000737P1000755New York Stock Exchange (but no Leo around)P1000825The rink at Rockefeller Center is the most popular one for ice skating. Normally it´s really crowded but there was a guy asking a girl to marry him and another guy (behind them) having something against this idea. Always drama on Christmas…P1000853P1000830P1000792P1000962P1000801P1000808P1000797MoMA New York with Andy´s soup and a guy giving a usual piano gig.P1000907No New York without Madison Square Garden. P1000919P1000963P1010408I loved watching the Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera on the 25th and the Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet on the 26th. There are some good restaurants across the street where you get a pre-show dinner like a pizza with a whole lobster on it (pics below).P1010394P1010390P1000985P1000998P1000982P1000981The Plaza Hotel where Kevin checked in when he was left “home alone”P1010011Bergdorf Goodman always with the most beautiful decorations.P1010015P1010029P1010024P1010025P1010020No need to comment this place…P1010030P1010075P1010056P1010064P1010099The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is beyond words. Even for a Grinch like me…P1010178P1010180P1010186East Village.P1010191P1010194P1010221P1010203P1010200SoHo and it´s famous Dean & DeLuca Gourmet Market.P1010209P1010432Best pastrami sandwich at Carnegie Deli.P1010466P1010458P1010463My favorite restaurant in New York so far: Buddakan.P1010158P1010139P1010134P1010162P1010150Go to China Town and get some glazed lobster and a fake Rolex!P1010166Strict rules at Rice to Riches in Little Italy.P1010241P1010273P1010369Finally found a red nose Santa on the 70th floor of the Top of the Rock Observation Deck.P1010277P1010324Can you spot the Statue of Liberty?P1010527P1010491P1010509On our last day in New York we first went to Guggenheim and then to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. See at the pictures below what happens when within a couple of hours a blizzard breaks in and every building has to be evacuated. P1010531P1010550P1010536When we came out of the museum, New York looked like a completely different city, all covered in white with no tube or taxi traffic. The airports were closed for 4 days. Even Tiffany & Co. was closed… We had to walk all the way through the Central Park to our hotel and were actually really happy to leave for Washington D.C. the next day.

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