What a busy Thanksgiving weekend! Thanksgiving this year was a complete contrast to last year where we were buried in snow. This year was unseasonably warm in the lower 60s so it was a good time to visit the city. We headed down Wednesday afternoon and went to check out the Thanksgiving Day balloons get inflated.
I've lived in NYC all of my life and never got to do this. It's such a New York thing to do, I had to experience this at least once - as much as I hate crowds. Crowded it was! I timed it from the moment we got on the actual line to the time we exited, it took us an hour and 15 minutes to see it all. Not bad I guess. This would be the closest we get to these balloons.
Ronald's head may be a little too close to Kool-Aid
Hello Kitty Ready For Takeoff!
My ultimate favorite SNOOPY!!
Afterward we walked south and cut through Lincoln Center, it's always pretty to walk through at night. It was especially busy this night.
The next morning we got up a little early, not a lot early, and walked over to Columbus Circle to watch some of the parade. People start lining up as early as 6:00 am to get a good spot. I used to do this with my mother and brother, maybe not get there at 6 AM but maybe wake up at that time.
We got there maybe about halfway through but that's ok because I got to see SNOOPY again! We don't need to stand too close, we can see the balloons, some of the floats, got to hear the marching bands, so that's cool with me.
Once the parade was over, we went to Central Park for a little bit. It was crazy busy but again, it was crazy warm too so a lot of folks just stuck around after Santa ended the parade.
No crazy Black Friday craziness for us but we still went out later and headed to the New York Historical Society. It was my first time there - there are just TOO many museums in New York, but anything that showcases New York's history, I'm all over it. There was a Batmobile in the lobby as part of their "Superheros in Gotham" exhibit. This is Batmobile #3 from the TV show.
Another exhibit was "Silicon City: Computer History Made In New York" and how NYC helped introduced the digital age to the world back in the early 20th century all the way up to present showcasing 3D Printing. This sad owl is a 3D printed figure surrounded by Etsy buttons. This can be interpreted in so many ways...
The New York Historical Society is also across the street from Central Park (Central Park West) next to the Museum of Natural History. So why not take another walk through Central Park? So what if its getting darker. There's still a lot of people out and we're smart when it comes to walking through CP at night.
I wish my iPhone took better pictures at night =/
Central Park ends (starts?) at Columbus Circle where the Time Warner Center is located. Even though it was Black Friday and this place is kind of a mall with stores I'll probably never shop in, I know they have a great light show for the holidays so I had to check it out. These lights change colors but the blue may be my favorite.
Speaking of Holiday decorations, I snapped some pictures from my parents building lobby. They put up their tree early this year but it's always the same and it's always so pretty. A very cool looking Menorah too, it's pretty big, those candles are about 3 feet tall.
Hope you enjoyed my little picture show! Did you have a nice Thanksgiving?