Christmas in New York

After meeting with a Client in the city I stumbled upon the Lord & Taylor Christmas display which was just spectacular. I had to capture it for the blog.

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Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noel! Heri ya Christmas(Swahili).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Frozen Fountain In Bryant Park

It is no secret that the east coast has experienced a treacherous winter. We have had snow after snow and record breaking temperatures. With March approaching we are hoping for warmer weather and for the snow accumulations to melt.

Yesterday I was passing through Bryant Park and noticed that the fountain was frozen from all the snow accumulation and bitter cold temperatures. Even though the snow was visibly melting because of milder temperatures yesterday, it was a still astonishing to see the fountain completely frozen.

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Just another reminder of the rough winter that we have endured.

Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent and 46 days until Easter for Western Christians.

Ironically, I was running errands and passed by St. Patrick’s Cathedral and decided to celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass there and receive my ashes as a matter of convenience in the event that I would be unable to go to my local parish later. Since it is a NYC landmark and the seat of the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, the church was filled with tourists and churchgoers.

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The Cathedral is currently under construction and has Neo-Gothic architectural style which led it to remind me of the Sagrada Familia in Spain.

The Blizzard of 2015 Is On Its Way!

New York is bracing for what might be one of the biggest snowstorms in history with 20-30 inches of snow expected. Wind gusts are expected to be up to 60 miles per hour with 2-3 inches of snowfall per hour.

A state of emergency has been declared and schools have been closed tomorrow in anticipation of the storm. There is also a statewide travel ban that goes into effect at 11pm.

I was sent home early from work and was able to snap a few pictures as I was commuting before the storm intensifies.

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Stay Tuned! I will post pictures of the aftermath of this record breaking storm.

Midtown East From 26 Floors Up

New York City is known for its grand skyscrapers and breathtaking views. Particularly in Midtown where most of the skyscrapers and tall buildings are located. Midtown separates lower Manhattan from Upper Manhattan and is the hub on the city. Most of the buildings houses office spaces with incredible views of the city. Especially the upper floors.

View of Midtown with the Queensboro Bridge

View of Midtown with the Queensboro Bridge

From 26 floors up

From 26 floors up

These views are amazing! I love New York City!

Night View of the Bank of America Tower

As part of my quest to appreciate living in New York City I have been snapping pictures of the many attractions around the city. I was around midtown when I looked up and noticed the Bank of America Tower which is the fourth tallest skyscraper in  New York. The building’s design and ecological features makes it unlike any other skyscraper.

Bank of America Tower from Sixth Avenue

Bank of America Tower from Sixth Avenue

New York Knicks versus Milwaukee Bucks Basketball Game at Madison Square Garden

This past Sunday I attended a NBA game at Madison Square Garden. The New York Knicks hosted the Milwaukee Bucks.

While I have been to the garden several times this was actually my first time attending a live NBA game. I was very excited since I am a big basketball fan and always support my NY Knicks.

Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden

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Knicks Mural inside the garden 

The garden is usually used for other sporting events and concerts but it is very patriotic towards the Knicks. There’s numerous wall murals and posters.

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Surprisingly, I ended up with great seats with really nice views of the court and players. I was seated in section 103.

Me in my section

Me in my section

The game began with a moment of silence honoring the late Stuart Scott who passed away earlier that morning after a long battle with cancer.

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Tribute to Stuart Scott

The entertainment throughout the game was very animated with the Knicks City Dancers and other acts. It alleviated the team’s woes.

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Despite the team’s disappointing record the garden was filled with loyal Knick fans as the stands were pretty much filled.

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The Knicks trailed throughout the game and were unable to play strong defense. The final score was Knicks 82 and Bucks 95, leaving the Knicks with only 5 wins so far this season.

JR attempting a shot

JR attempting a shot

Overall, it was a great experience. Coincidentally, this ended up being JR Smith and Iman Shumpert’s last game as members of the New York Knicks. They were both later traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Even though I was saddened by the news since JR Smith was one of my favorite players on the Knicks, I was really happy that I was able to see him play. This made the night even more memorable! I look forward to attending more NBA games!