Wednesday, December 13, 2006

It's begining to look a lot like Christmas, even if the tempertures are in the 50F's

New York City is magical most anytime, but in December it is especially magical as the City prepares to celebrate the joyous holidays. I shot the full moon on a partly cloudy night earlier in December. I shot it at 24th and 8th Ave after my friend Simon and I had just eaten at Dallas BBQ (plug delicious food, his wife Kati is a vegetarian and a good sport for eating there occassionally with us), anyway when we left the place a lot of people along the avenue were looking up in the sky towards the ESB. This is what they were looking at and as a good full moon stalker I had my camera with me. Another ironic incident happened and as I was shooting another photographers wife and I started chatting, as her husband David shot away. What a small world as David is an attorney from Philly, he and I worked on a couple cases together, and once in Minneapolis went on a photography expedition around the City (I am a huge fan of his work). I hadn't seen or spoken to him in about 3 years, and here on this corner, away from the tourist area, in NYC we meet again, shooting the full moon. His wife it turns out is from Long Island, she was a sweetheart, they were on their way to Dallas BBQ for dinner this Sunday night. I caught this at the Charlotte's Web premiere. Ahh if only this kids mom had taken this shot to blackmail him into showing it to his girlfriends as he ages... Don't forget to visit the Top of The Rock where you get a view of the City and the ESB building.Expect crowds. If you want a shot of the Tree with few people, think 11:30PM, preferably Tues - Wed, the tree turns off at Midnite. I took this photo last Monday at about 7PM You can't forget the Department Store Windows. This is Saks 5th Ave across from Rockefeller Center. Sometimes the lines are long, but the displays are always worth waiting to see.This is my favorite photo. For the past few years, Saks has done a snowflake light show every 30 minutes. It's really spectacular. This is the view from Rockefeller Plz, the skating rink is behind me.
Last year was the first time I ever saw the Radio City Music Hall Rockets, and it was just on a whim. I went by TKTS to see what shows were at the half price ticket place, lo and behold the Rockets show was listed. Now I don't recommend you try this on a weekend as I am sure they are sold out in advance for those dates, but I went on a Wednesday night. I did see them listed there last week too.Washington Square OK this is my other favorite photo and it's vintage now as TKTS as in Times Square is undergoing a complete build over. When it opens later this month, this spot will have a huge "staircase" for tourists to climb and gander at Times Square. Behind me is where the "New Years Ball drops"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent shots of NYC. I am starting to miss it myself. How was Charlotte's Web? I am taking the children Friday.

12/13/2006 8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Christmas in NYC pictures are awesome. I still haven't seen Prada but I hope to soon.

I LOVE Ed Norton. Thanks for the pictures. He did have Selma Hayek to help him but I guess that didn't last.


12/13/2006 8:42 AM  
Blogger moviemerlin said...

Thanks for the photos Hughe... makes me miss Christmas in New York last year.. London just doesn't have that same feel. I too love the shot with Saks and the 'Carol of the Bells' that they play....

Hark how the bells,
sweet silver bells,
all seem to say,
throw cares away

Christmas is here,
bringing good cheer,
to young and old,
meek and the bold...

And on it goes... We don't have that song in Australia. Ooohhh.. you've inspired me, I'm putting that on my blog!

12/13/2006 8:59 AM  
Blogger Brad B said...

Nice. I've never been to NYC - what a different universe, but I know I'd LOVE it!

Just wanted to say thanks for dropping your Christmas music comments on our blog (LesBourgeoisie). How'd you stumble on our little site?

Oh, BTW, I'm Brad, and my wife's Adrienne - we're proprietors of LesBourgeoisie - our blog named by playing on the difficulty people have with our surname.

12/14/2006 1:08 AM  
Blogger Sara C. said...

wow! great shots of the city! it's amazing how, living here, you can kind of forget how lovely it is, sometimes. not often, but sometimes. i live in brooklyn on a bit of a hill, i have the best view of the empire state building rising above the trees that line my street as i walk home from work every night.

also -- if you like Dallas BBQ, you should try R.U.B. (which stands for Righteous Urban Barbecue) it's just a block or so up at 23rd and 7th, and it blows Dallas BBQ out of the water! i work nearby and everyone in my office begs for R.U.B. at least once a week for lunch.

12/14/2006 11:46 AM  
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