It looks like someone at Paddy McGuire’s Ale House on Third Avenue is feeling festive! Have a lucky day and don’t drink too much!
Geoffrey and I went all the way down town on a mission to investigate the Museum of Feelings, which turned out to be a bust, because the line was (realistic estimate) 90 minutes to 2 hours long. And we are about waiting in lines no. So, while we were down there (because Battery Park City is a fucking haul from our respective residences), we decided to just see what kinds of cool snaps we could take. Because Geoffrey is obsessed with the Instagram, and I know that I can always score a few blog hits with a fun photo.
And what we saw as soon as we walked into the Brookfield Place mall, which is what you have to walk through to get to the Museum of Feelings, was this awesome Christmas Tree studded with Disco Ball Ornaments. Super Groovy.
As you can see, the ornaments are mix of the classic mirror disco ball variety, and red or green mirrored mosaic designs. Festive!
As we walked through the mall towards the water, we entered the famous Winter Garden, (which was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, but as since been beautifully restored) and that is where the full-on Disco Ball Christmas Trees were hiding.
If you end up in that part of town for whatever reason during the Christmas Holidays, take some time to walk around and enjoy all of the decorations, because it is really beautiful down there.
Over the Columbus Day weekend, I went up to the Berkshire Mountains area of Massachusetts and spent a few glorious days enjoying the gorgeous natural surroundings and taking assloads of photos of the just-starting-to-turn fall leaves. Gorgeous! And since we are just getting into fall, and also close to Halloween, I not only saw a lot of Pumpkins but also stuff decorated like Jack O Lanterns. For the purpose of this post, a Pumpkin and Jack O Lantern will be considered the same thing. Please enjoy my photos!
This is the backside of the really humongous pumpkin you see in the first photo. I saw this amazing colossal pumpkin at the Harvest Festival in the town where we were staying. I think you were supposed to guess its weight, but seriously, I think it weighed a ton. That’s about as specific as I could get.
These cheerful Jack O Lantern Planters were spotted out front of the Big Y Supermarket.
Jack O Lantern Balloons, how cheerful!
This is a candle holder that would look amazing in the dark with a burning tea light inside! Spooky!
Two Witch Pumpkins!
These are sort of Jack O Lantern/Pumpkin/Witches on Sticks! Because, Halloween!
Painted Pumpkins and their unpainted companions! Also, gourds!
This Jack O Lantern Lamp is just fantastic. Want!
Happy Fall and Happy Halloween Everybody!
On the Saturday that fell over the Thanksgiving long weekend, Geoffrey and I had the bright idea that it would be a fine time to visit the Museum of Modern Art. By 2 or 3 in the afternoon, we felt sure that the crowds would have thinned out and we could just slip through the line and see some rad art. HAHA, how funny to have thought that, as we quickly discovered that the place was ridiculously mobbed and the lines were so endlessly long, that we had no choice but to bail on the idea of seeing any art that day. However, we decided to at least “take advantage” of the fact that we were actually in midtown, and perhaps do some window shopping and a bit of sightseeing.
You may know that in a recent post that I admonished anyone who wants to maintain their sanity against even trying to be in the vicinity of midtown Manhattan during the Christmas season, because it will make you hate your life. But what made the trip worthwhile was getting to see all of the fantastic Christmas holiday decorations that make for some terrific photographs.
The photos in this post were all taken between Radio City, located at the corner of 6th Avenue and 5oth Street, on Fifth Avenue just a few blocks downtown, and then west through the 40s towards Times Square. I didn’t always take note of an exact addresses, but if you walk around that general area, you should be able to spot most of these. Because, they are kind of big and, well, lit up.
Uniqlo clothing store, window displays. 53rd St. on the Southwest Corner of 5th Ave.
This is what the Window Displays looks like from inside the store.
These oversized Red Christmas Balls are an annual fixture in the fountain at Chase Plaza, 1251 Avenue of the Americas.
Night had not quite fallen, so I’m not sure if they are illuminated in the darkness, but I would guess that perhaps they are.
I really love these reindeer sculptures, and the bare trees wrapped in tiny red lights. I believe this is just down the street from Chase Plaza, but don’t hold me to that.
This colorful String of Over-Sized Christmas Lights is in front of the McGraw-Hill Building, Located at 1221 Avenue of the Americas.
I am pretty sure this Holiday Tree of Golden Lights is inside a building that’s just one block further downtown than the Giant String of Christmas Lights. I love the fact that I captured a man working on this display.
These assorted sized Silver Balls were inside a clothing store window. I didn’t notice which one.
These Giant Christmas Balls sitting atop a pair of revolving doors were possibly on W. 49th St. as we walked towards Times Square.
I hope you enjoyed my photos! Merry Christmas, everyone!
From Unusual Life:
Shown: Walter Dymond, groundskeeper of Harold Lloyd’s estate, Greenacres, with the Lloyd Christmas Tree. Dymond was responsible for the construction of the Christmas tree from two trees (wiring the branches of one into the other), and placement of the ornaments where Mr Lloyd directed. Harold and his wife Mildred decorated it every year from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, and collected thousands of ornaments for it from all over the world. It was 20 feet tall, 9 feet wide and almost 30 feet around. The tree was fire-proofed and remained up all year. – (1972)