Saturday, December 31, 2011


In two hours we will be ringing in 2012. As the clock strikes midnight we will look out our windows and enjoy the fireworks near the Statue of Liberty. The night is clear and the vision should be incredible of Miss Liberty being showered in color.

Looking at the television the millions of hardcore revelers are packed into Times Square. It is an incredible event and provides an often once in a lifetime event.

The year of 2011 was good to us. Our fortunes have been good and we are blessed with health and happiness. Having New York as our home continues to be an amazing adventure. With the city as a backdrop it is beautiful to see our child learning and loving her hometown. Our neighbors and friends provide fun and love and support when needed. We have enjoyed shows, adventures, travels near and far, long days in the parks, fun soaking up the sun on the beach, and countless and varied activities. And my heart and knowledge always grows due to the lovely people I get to call my friends. As stated many times before one of my number one things I love about NYC is the diversity of the population. It provides with so much in so many ways. We are so grateful for all that we have and all that we get to do, see and be.

May your 2012 be all your wish for. Take care of yourself and others.


a nod to our beautiful city

Sunday, December 18, 2011

O Tannenbaum

Christmas is one week away. NYC is bright and beautiful in her holiday glory. The store windows are filled with incredible displays, colorful lights are everywhere and Christmas trees are dressed to the nines. So far our favorite tree this year is at The Plaza Hotel. Decorated by designer Betsey Johnson, the tree is pink, feathery, glittery and topped with a giant Eloise. It was love at first sight. Eloise is a favorite character of ours and we love to envision her running the halls of the famed Plaza.

Another favorite tree we love to visit is in front of the New York Stock Exchange. While not as recognized as some of her famous neighbors, this tree is alway brilliant set on a peaceful street with lovely shooting stars on the lampposts.

Santa must be very busy this week getting things ready in the North Pole. I know many small New Yorkers that have warned their doormen of an impending visitor in red next weekend. From what I hear the reindeer love flying over Manhattan. The vision of the city from high above in the sleigh must be out of this world. And landing on these tall rooftops test their skills to the greatest extent.

1WTC is living in the spirt of the Christmas season by sporting multicolor gels on her construction lights. How wonderful this has happened. It was magical coming out of the subway and seeing this work in process shining brighty.

This picture does not due the colors justice. It is a thrilling vision and as a resident I am grateful to the electricians for making this happen.