I decided to spice up my routine today and walk home from work.
(That's 3 avenues and 46 streets, if anyone is counting.)
I wanted to feel the energy of the shopping crowd, so I meandered my way up 5th Avenue and then walked through the park. It's funny how you can go from skyscrapers and designer stores to trees and near-silence so quickly. Somebody once told me that they love Central Park because it lets them forget that they are in a huge city. I feel just the opposite. I love it because the skyscrapers peek over the trees and I am reminded of exactly where I am.
Once I got home, I thawed out in front of my heater for a while before bundling back up and heading back to 5th to see the city lit up at night. I started out at Rockefeller Center, where a light show projects onto a building directly across from the tree every few minutes. It's called "The Snowflake and the Bubble" and images dance across the building while music plays. It's like being inside a music box. Adults and children alike stop to watch and I can't tell who likes it more. It's the only time that I have seen people stop in the sidewalks to linger for any length of time.
I have waiting my whole life to experience NYC at Christmas and I am taking full advantage of living here. Besides, I know that the other 11 months of the year, I am going to be dreaming about this one.