Posts Tagged ‘Manhattan’

After a wonderful, relaxing Christmas day with the family, almost if on cue, (a day late) a winter storm started to roll into the East Coast. In typical New York fashion, the first snowfall of the year was not going to be a small affair and the winter storm watch quickly turned into a full blown blizzard warning.  There was much excitement in our apartment.  I think we were all just a wee bit sad that there was no snow for Christmas and we were super psyched to finally experience our first snowfall in Manhattan.

As the first snowflake hit the ground, the girls began to panic as the crazy carpets had not made it with us in the move.  Grandma saved the day by going out to our local sports store and scooping up two magic saucers.  Impatience set in and the girls wanted to head to the park even though there was not nearly enough snow yet for downhill fun.  Out we went, the wind was howling and the snow was already gusting sideways as we made our way down to Riverside Park.  We passed many Manhattanites who were making last minute purchases at the grocery and liquor stores, stocking up for the impending storm.

Our hearty Canadian girls were the only ones brave enough to endure the wintery park conditions!!

Funny, although New York City is located in the state of New York, which definitely gets its share of winter weather, many people in Manhattan seem ill prepared to deal with ACTUAL winter weather.  We passed numerous people whose only defence against the elements were rainboots, ball caps and layered clothing.  Of course, we did see many lavish fur coat/hat/boot combos as well. The umbrellas also come out here… something that you would NEVER see in Ottawa.  Don’t even get me started on dog coats!!

There really is something truly magical about the falling snow and I forced both Paul and Ron off of the couch and made them go for a walk last night. There was barely anyone on the streets, car or pedestrian and it was extremely peaceful navigating the snow filled avenues. The city itself looks totally different covered in snow and there was a sense of calm that is rare to find during the crazy daylight hours.

Subway entrance 79th and Broadway

Even in a blizzard, the bike guys are still delivering- CRAZY!!

After a surprisingly quiet night (very few sirens or anything else going on) we woke up to a true winter wonderland in Manhattan.  No early morning joggers, although a few adventurous types were trying to get in some exercise!

Skiing down Broadway

The streets and sidewalks were barely passable and 20+ inches of snow had fallen, virtually shutting down the city and its surrounding boroughs.  The girls were ecstatic and immediately demanded that we bundle up and head out to find a hill to try out sledding in New York City.  Out we went, the wind was howling but we were determined.  We lasted 30 minutes but the girls had a blast and we all enjoyed a bit of Starbucks on the walk home.

All bundled up and ready to go...

Fun on the hill!

R, taking a break

A, having a blast!

Dopey enjoying the snowy park

Looking down 83rd Street

VERY glad we don't have a car!!

So, what to do for the rest of the day? As the city starts to shovel itself out of the snow, it is a great feeling to be snowed in with no where to go and nothing to do. The kettle is boiling, there are still leftovers and cookies, movies are easily downloaded and worst case scenario, I might have to have a nap 😉 Every once in a while even Manhattan is forced to slow down and I am going to enjoy every minute of it!  Stay warm and safe my friends. If you are in the neighbourhood, I will have the hot chocolate waiting…

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It is an incredibly beautiful day today in New York City.  The air is crisp and cold and the sun is shining brightly.  With only a week to go before Christmas the only thing missing is snow! Every once and awhile I catch myself walking down the street and I think that Christmas in NYC reminds me a bit of what it must be like to live in a movie set.  I know that this must sound strange but right now walking down the streets in Manhattan is very similar to how Hollywood movies portray Christmas. There is a man from the Salvation Army ringing his bell on most corners.  Beautifully done up women in fur coats are stepping out of taxi’s with packages.  Store front windows are decorated.  Carollers are singing on the subway, walking down the streets and in front of stores.  Restaurants are closed for private parties and if you glimpse inside you can see glamourous outfits and decadent meals. Homeless people are asking for money and many are giving, usually with a warm greeting returned with a “God Bless You”. Kids are dressed up in their finest going to pageants and concerts alike.  Men and women in Santa hats spill out of the local bars filled with good cheer. Families are picking out and bringing home trees. There is a definite hustle and bustle.  The only thing missing on this “movie set”  is the softly falling snow.

The Girls Getting Ready To See Their First Ballet! (Part of the Christmas Magic)

Now, don’t get me wrong, there is still the insanity that this time of year brings and not everything is all candy canes and sugar plum fairies.  There just seems to be something truly magical right now in the city. An excitement and energy.  Little reminders that the concrete jungle has a gentler, kinder side.  I know that January is right around the corner and with it the reality of a harsh winter of cold slushy streets, grumpy people and far fetched resolutions.  But right now, I am going to enjoy this movie-like fantasy Manhattan. Yes, I am, and Bah-Humbug to anyone who tries to yell “cut”!!

And, just in case you are wondering, I checked the long term forecast for NYC.  We are supposed to get snow next week on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day… right on cue 😉

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This Barista Makes a New Hat For Every Season- Beyond Awesome!!



Taking Time Out to Write in Central Park



Catching Some Rays at the Dog Park



Patriotic Pee Post (aka Fire Hydrant)



Cupcakes to Go!



Did Someone Say Candy?!



No, YOU are!



Peace in the City



The Cathedral Church of St. John of the Divine



A & R Climbing the Trees NOT the Walls





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Oh Yes, He Is Stalking Worthy 😉

Yes, there are many celebrities in New York. If you have ever read People Magazine or US Weekly, you will see that they are just like you and I, except for all of the fame, fortune and paparazzi that follow their every move.  Just like us, my ass.  Or are they?  I have now lived in NYC for two and a bit months and I have SEEN some celebrities.  Most notably, the President and his motorcade that just happened to cross our paths as the girls and I were walking home from camp one day.  Oh, and last weekend we walked by Anderson Cooper- gorgeous, but much shorter in real life. Just like Taye Diggs, who my friends and I saw at a Broadway Show once. I am sure that I have seen numerous other celebrities too.  When I say I am sure, I mean, I am not totally sure at all.  Because yes, they are like us. I have been out on the street and walked by a person and thought “Hey, that looks like…” or “I wonder if that was…” There are millions of people in NYC and they tend to just blend in, most of the time. Sometimes they are just too famous to be ignored.

This morning, I received a breathless phone call from my good Canadian friend (living in NYC) who shall remain nameless.  She was beside herself with excitement.  A friend had called her to say that Matt Damon was currently in the park with his children.  This friend of mine had been desperately trying to see Matt Damon (he lives in her ‘hood) since she moved to NYC, a year and a half ago.  All of her other friends that lived around her had seen him but she seemed to ‘just miss him’ all the time.  Today, she was determined.  She raced out her door and ran (not walked) to the park only to get half way there and find out via text that he had just left.  This did not deter my stubborn friend, she decided to wait near his building on the off chance that he would return home.  Her determination was rewarded as she caught a brief glance of the Damon family as their paths crossed.  She was elated.  I mean, who wouldn’t be?  Matt Damon, in the flesh- yummy!

Is this crazy? Maybe. Fun? Sure.  I mean really, if you are going to live in NYC, you might as well try and do a little celebrity watching (err, stalking) from time to time. Would I have scrambled out of the apartment to see Matt Damon?  Hmmm… hard to say.  I guess if I had nothing else to do 😉 After all, I have been known to walk the dogs by the Gossip Girl set when filming or stand on a street corner watching scenes of movies being shot. I think I would prefer my BIG celebrity sighting to be random.  This probably means that I will be picking up a large dog turd and will come face to face with Brad Pitt.  I will keep you posted… Remember, It’s Always An Adventure!

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