Monday, November 28, 2011

Beautiful holiday weekend in New York

Looking across The Lake in Central Park towards the San Remo and the Beresford. 9:20 AM. Photo: JH.
Monday, November 28, 2011. Beautiful four day holiday weekend in New York; sunny and especially mild for late November.

The city was quiet in my Upper East Side neighborhood. Zabar's on Friday was too – compared to my regular Saturdays. Friday felt like Saturday. Saturday felt like Sunday and so Sunday felt like ... a bonus. Cabbies told me that midtown was heavy traffic, the kind they like to avoid whenever possible.

This coming Wednesday, the last day of November, will be the mob scene of the month with the lighting of the Tree at Rockefeller Center and President Obama in town for some fund-raising. The Presidential visits (any President) to the city are always horrible for New Yorkers because of the "security" logistics which close off entire streets and avenues where the President is expected to pass through.
On Thanksgiving Eve (November 23) Ann Watt and Gail Karr walked up to the American Museum of Natural History to watch one of Thanksgiving's most popular traditions: The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflations. It all starts on 81st and 77th Street at 3pm and lasts for six hours. It was a bit soggy as you can see, but they got to see favorites such as Buzz Lightyear, Clumsy Smurf, "Super cute" Hello Kitty, Kermit the Frog, Po (the Kung Fu Panda), Pikachu, Snoopy the Flying Ace, Spider Man, and SpongeBob SquarePants.
The main attraction for all of last week was the Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. The ritual of the event begins the night before on Central Park West in the 70s and low 80s. Our friend Paige Peterson has her annual Night Before Thanksgiving cocktail party on Central Park West. I don't go because getting there can take an hour versus the regular ten minutes. Again, streets closed off as well as the 79th Street transverse. However, Paige, as is her wont, took lots of pictures ...
The crowd at Paige's annual Night Before Thanksgiving cocktail party on Central Park West..
Betsy von Furstenberg and David Lewis.
Boaty Boatright, Angelica Houston, and Nicholas Wapshott.
Christina Haag and Katrina vanden Heuvel.
Christina Haag, Katrina vanden Heuvel, and Paige Peterson.
Dani Russ, Lauren Paisley, and Sam Allen.
Dani Russ, Lauren Paisley, Sam Allen, Warren Elgort, Kathrine Carmichael, Matias del Castillo, and Sam Sadowsky.
David Lewis playing the piano.
David Lewis, Paula Herold, Valerie Robin, and Wendy Dixon Fog.
Peter Cary Peterson and Paige Peterson in front of a new painting by Paige. Carolina Zapf and John Josephson.
Mama's with their boys: Duncan Greenberg, Georgia Shreve, Warren Elgort, Matias Del Castillo, Graciana del Castillo, Peter Cary Peterson, and Paige Peterson.
Gizelle Russ, Dani Russ, and Carter Russ.
Imogen Lloyd Webber with Jack Peterson and Jeff Sharp with his son Jack.
Jesse Kornbluth, Ginger Brown, and Nessia Pope.
Karen Collins, Jesse Kornbluth, and Suzanne O'Malley.
Nathaniel, Adele, Alannah, Nathaniel, and Milo Taylor.
David Peterson and Peter Cary Peterson.
Shirley Lord Rosenthal and Peter Heywood. Joan Jakobson and Nick Jakobson.
Peter Cary Peterson and Steve Cohen.
Peter Cary Peterson, Dani Russ, Carter Russ, and Ron Russ.
Suzanne O'Malley, Jesse Kornbluth, and Georgia Shreve.
Warren Elgort and Nico Del Casillio.
Wedding photo of Alexandra Peterson and William Cart.
Mini-musicians on the mantel with HUNTSMAN for President sticker.
Then Thanksgiving morning, as it was about to launch, our intrepid CPW photographer, Miss Paige, was down there with the crowds and the parade participants and the floats and the "balloons" with her handy digital. I especially like these pictures of Macy's phenomenal event because they're up close and personal – something you don't see once the march begins. There's something about these pictures that demonstrate how Macy's brings it all "back home" for us even in this enormous metropolis called The Big Apple.

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