The ho-ho-ho-ness of New York City

I can’t believe Christmas is less than a week away! The season flew by, much to my utter dismay. I like the holiday season very much and will be sad to see the lights and spangles come down. Here a brief photo montage of 5th Avenue.

hohophoto 4 This is the jeweler Harry Winston. Nice color palate here, don’t you think? Quietly stated.

hohophoto 2[1]As long as we’re on jewelers, this is Bulgari with a sparkly serpent wrapped around the building.

hohophoto 1[1]Sticking with the jewelers, this is Cartier. This is always my favorite. They wrap the building with a big, red bow. It looks like a pretty package.

hohophoto 5Needs no introduction. The 30 Rock tree is usually photographed dead-on and full-framed. I was trying to find an atypical angle that accentuates the art deco design of the building and treats the tree as an ornamental accessory.

hohophoto 2Even the homeless dude on 5th and 49th gets into the act! I have absolutely no idea where he plugs his tree in. I gave him a couple of bucks and asked permission to take a picture. It seemed like the right thing to do.

hohophoto 1Mrs. Wife, The Daughters and I wish you and your family a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Thanks, very much, for reading over the past year. I should probably be more Zen and detached about all this but the fact is I really enjoy writing and taking photos and it means a lot to me when people stop by. Come to NYC in 2013 and I’ll buy you a tony cocktail at a place with a magnificent view! I’m a pretty good tour guide, as some fellow bloggers will attest to. I come with references.

He looked so irresistibly pleasant, in a word, that three or four good-humored fellows said, “Good morning, sir! A merry Christmas to you!” And Scrooge said often afterward, that of all the blithe sounds he had ever heard, those were the blithest in his ears.

Mine, too.
hohophoto 3

37 thoughts on “The ho-ho-ho-ness of New York City

  1. That looks like two snakes to me. No wonder his eyes were sparkling – getting laid at Christmas does that to a snake. I’m glad you’re full of festive cheer. If you were feeling Scrooge-like, I would have haunted you like the gorilla of Christmas past.

  2. I LOVE the pictures of the Jewelry Emporiums…! The Snake is GORGEOUS!!!And I also love the Ribbon Round The Building look….New York at Christmas–Fifth Ave., in particular, is spectacular! And The RCA Building, (Now called something else??) From your Vantage Points Is SPECTACULAR!!!I have spent a number of Chrismas’ in NYC—not in a long time, but…there is nothing like it! I would love to get a tour with you, by the way….Because even though I grew up in New York, I find that different people have different places they feel are important NYC landmarks….If only I could still travel.Wishing you and yours the Merriest Christmas and A Beautiful New Year, too!

    • The RCA building is now the GE building. The PanAm building on Park Avenue is now MetLife. And they don’t land helicopters on the roof anymore because there was an accident many years ago and a helicopter blade plummeted to the streets! The names change but the landscape is the same. I actually think growing up elsewhere and then moving here is a distinct advantage. I never stop looking at this place with a tourists eye, even though I became an official New Yorker a long time ago.

  3. Aldi eh? hahahah! What aboot Lidl?Happy whotsit my pal, it’s all a loada shite yeah? Feckin’ priests and ‘Oh Holy Night’! Ah feck me, ahm jes gettin’ old an cranky! :¬)

    • Lidl I don’t know. Aldi, I do, but not Lidl. I have to Google it. I don’t know what it is with this holiday. I believe virtually nothing of the virgin birth story, but I look forward to this season more than any other. Ain’t that weird? What a hypocrisy!

  4. thank you for the christmas shots of NYC. I get the thrill of seeing them without the hassle of travel. Ha. I enjoy your posts, a sparkle of culture in my dull north country life. may the wife, the kids and yourself have a lovely holiday.

    • Thanks, so much! As always, no charge. Traveling IS a hassle, isn’t it? Flying and airports used to be sophisticated. Now they’re about as sophisticated as the bus depot. The north country life sounds idyllic and pretty. Walking through Times Square this morning, I passes someone’s sick in the street. The grass is always greener!

  5. you always make me smile with your gorgeous photos, sugar! we’ll be on the road on christmas day, but will sit down to dinner with the coconut krewe! here’s to you, Mrs Wife and the Daughters! we’ll raise a glass or two to all y’all! xoxo

  6. Happy Ho to the entire Banishment clan! i can personally attest to the amazing skills of Mr. UB as a tour guide – i was even able to pay it forward this week to my sister. As she and her partner were knocking around times square, i sent them to the marriott marquis for “that view” of the square… it was a highlight for them!

  7. UB – The photos rock. The video is my favourite though … for the twinkling eye, but also for the sound of NYC traffice. ;-)Happy holidays to you and yours!

  8. What a great bit of initiative from the homeless bloke. His takings must go up with that array.A very Merry Christmas to you UB, and thank you for all your fascinating and entertaining posts this year. I’ll raise a glass in a westward direction in an hour or two!

  9. For some reason this blog brought tears to my eyes…happy ones! Great job I love that you always look through the lens with so appreciation. You really can take a crazy day and put a new perspective on it. Missing you this year at my house.Much love to you and the family!MT

  10. Christmas is imperishable and no American burg does it, or anything else, quite like Manhattan. Thanks for a year of irresistibly pleasant dispatches, word and picture, from the Banishment. You seem to be smiling in that picture…

    • Of course I’m smiling! I’m standing under the tree at Rockefeller Center! Everyone around me was smiling. Forget your cares and woes. That sort of thing. Or, as the demented MC in Cabaret told his audience: “So, life is disappointing, eh? Forget about it! Vee haf NO. TROUBLES. HERE.” Glad you enjoy the dispatches. Having spent so many years here, you have the third eye and a better appreciation.

  11. And i thought it was going to be a photo montage of NYC hookers, bummer, nice pics anyway though, got up to our hometown last weekend for a drunken night, damn i miss that place.

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