Times Square in the daytime.
I hope you aren't bored with my photos of NYC.
I took almost 1000 pictures but some had to be deleted for various reasons. It was difficult to choose the correct setting on my camera to take the nighttime photos. I mainly used the sports mode which works in dim light but aren't always clear. I was walking a lot so sometimes didn't come to a full stop to snap pics.
I need to be more aware of that! Not good photography. lol
Times Square is busy 24/7 as you know. I decided to make a collage of several photos of this street.
Starting upper left and clockwise ~ the M & M store, Stardust Restaurant, Mama Mia, The big Coke sign on the Flat Iron Building, Me and Miss Liberty, street scene, McDonalds, Advertising, Times Square Church, The giant ferris wheel in Toys R Us, the street at 6:45 am, Toys R Us, and lastly,
yes, that's the n*ked cowboy. (silly dude!)
This next collage is of some of the many buildings that are typically New York.
On Sunday morning we boarded buses to go to church at Brooklyn Tabernacle in Brooklyn. The church was a beautiful building inside and the service, choir, and preaching by Jim Cymbala were amazing.
The rest of the day was free and we attended an off Broadway musical "The Christmas Story" in the evening. It was very good and I had never watched the movie so it was nice to see the story from a musical perspective.
The Empire State Building
One of my friends and I took the 'hop on - hop off' bus to head to the Ground Zero memorial on Sunday afternoon. The traffic was so heavy that we didn't get farther than Macy's so we hopped off.
We knew we only had 2 hours before we met our friends and it had taken half an hour to go a few blocks! We walked back faster than the bus would have taken us.
This store is HUGE! We took the escalators up 5 floors and thought that was the top so missed the rest of the store. Our friends were in the other part of the store meeting Santa Claus in Toyland!
On Monday we had free time until we went to Carnegie Hall for a dress rehearsal in the afternoon. The hall was really beautiful but we weren't allowed to take photos. After rehearsal we had to leave until almost showtime at 8:00 so we had a very nice dinner at a restaurant called Cafe Europa. Five friends from our church came to see us sing. One came with her husband who is in the choir and the other four included Carnegie Hall on their trip down that way! It was so nice to see some familiar faces in the crowd.
After the concert we walked around 5th Avenue and Rockefeller Centre (again). So much excitement, gorgeous Christmas lights and beautiful store windows! I'll have to share those pictures next week as I took them on my friend's camera and have yet to upload them.
Rockefeller Square is surrounded by all the flags of the United States. There are tall toy soldiers placed around for Christmas.
I bought a book about the history of the square's famous Christmas tree which I am reading. It's very interesting.
We headed back home on Tuesday morning before dawn and got home, after a few stops to shop, at 10:00. It was a very long day after a very short night!
I think I am finally caught up on my sleep. It was a tiring but fun experience. I would love to go back to New York again when I can spend more time and see more things.
Today I spent the day doing a bit more decorating. I'll share some of that in a couple of days.
Are you getting ready for Christmas?
Have a great day!