|Caught a limo at LaGuardia|
Our next tactic was to make reservations where we could watch the ball drop from inside. Most were already booked, but we did find one nice little spot for $800 per person. One problem, you didn’t get a chair for that $800. Not! Finally, after hours of searching; we found the perfect spot. Window view of the drop. Food and beverages. Restrooms! Chairs!!! Only $15,000…
|Can you see Buddy?|
We had a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it. We jumped out of our limo. Checked in. And then hit the streets! First up was Rockefeller Center…This was my first time seeing it decorated for the holidays and I felt like a Valley Girl when I first saw it, “Oh my ga-odd! Awesome!” I actually think I saw Buddy and Jovie skating!
|Times Square & Friends|
Then it was Radio City Music Hall, then Avenue of the Americas, and finally Times Square. There we linked up with about 500,000 of our closest friends from all over the world. Literally. It was packed with people and you seldom heard English. It was wild and this was the only the 30th! We made it all the way down Broadway to the Armed Forces Recruiting Center and got to see ourselves on the Jumbo Tron. Enough decorations and lights for the night…time for a beverage and bed!!!
|Saks 5th Avenue Window|
Then it was window shopping on 5th Avenue. Incredible. Amazing. Fantastic. I just don’t have enough superlative adjectives to describe the window displays in the swanky/deluxe stores along 5th Avenue! I’ve never seen anything like it! And these weren’t just little trains and villages, no no no. Some of these were full sized fairy tales come to life with haute couture clothes and Harry Winston jewels. I may have to go back to New York on another holiday weekend just to see more of these incredible window displays!
|The “line” at Katz Deli counter|
through the protocol and we got free samples! The sandwiches were only $19.75 and were huge so each “team” split one. There was no pastrami left over whatsoever! And sorrowfully, Sally wasn’t there to give her rendition of the big “O”.
|I guess it’s normal to play your baby grand in the park;
after all, it’s Greenwich Village!
warm-up drink. Oddly all the warm-up drinks were cold, but they did the trick!
|This is the North Building Memorial|
We ended up at One World Trade where the new 1776 foot tall building dominates the sky. There is still a lot of work going on around here, but it’s still incredible to see what has regrown from the ashes of 911. We then walked around to the south side of the new building. There, we found the 911 Memorial where the foot prints of the twin towers are encased in water falls in tribute to the 2606 people who died here. There is much more to see here and we need to come back.
|Even Mona could see from here!|
Next door to Sardi’s is the Helen Hayes theater where we saw “Rock of Ages.” Mona’s favorite American Idol, Constantine Maroulis, opened this show in 2009 and was nominated for a Tony, but then went on to other roles. Much to our surprise, Constantine was there that night, back in the lead role as Drew! He can really belt out those songs!