The city at Christmas and the Rockettes
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I've been to New York in the winter, but not once did I go to the city. This time around I knew it had to happen. Being a little pregnant was going to be a challenge knowing that I would have to find a restroom frequently, but even that turned out to be managable. Hubby set out to the city from Coney Island and decided to head straight for Rockefeller Center since we had tickets to see the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular courtesy of his mom.
The city was BUSY! The weather had been unseasonably warm and people were out in t-shirts and shorts. A little over-the-top, but whatever. It's New York. ;) We squeezed in to see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree which wasn't that spectacular in the sunlight, but at least I can now say "Been there, done that.
We got in line to see the show after a little bit of exploring. It was simply too busy to make any headway on the sidewalks. There were cops directing pedestrian traffic at every corner. It was pretty crazy.
The Rockettes show was entertaining, but hubby and I both agreed that it's something to be done with children.
After the show we were both pretty hungry, so we headed to the first eatery that wasn't a chain restaurant we could find. It turned out to be an Irish Pub where they had cider, and I'm not supposed to have any. BLEH!! ;) It'll be alright.
After dinner we headed toward Time Square which was just around the corner. Got a feel of the crowds here, which wasn't too bad since cross-traffic is now blocked after certain hours. Easier to cross the street than what I remember. From here we headed toward Bryant Park where an outdoor market was held. Not like a European Christmas market, but similiar in its layout. There was a big ice skating rink built up in the middle with the New York Library as a backdrop. Very nice! Huge Christmas tree as well. The skating was free here, only had to pay for the shoe rental. You also have a nice view of the Empire State Building from here. It was lit up in green and red for Christmas.
We headed back to Brooklyn after this, cause it had been a long day for this mom-to-be. One last potty stop before the subway and we were back in the borough of Brooklyn an hour later.