We stayed at the Hampton Inn, Times Square, located about 4 blocks from the Marriott Marquis Theater, and about 3 blocks from Rockefeller Center. We were very satisfied with the location, service and amenities. and will probably stay there again on our next trip to Manhattan.
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Bryant Park at night is stunning with the various small stores decorated for Christmas and surrounded by tall lighted skyscrapers. Many people were ice skating, and the mood was festive.
Dinner at the Marriott Marquis provides a stunning view of Times Square. This is Manhattan's "tourist season" and Times Square was the busiest we've ever seen.
We opted not to do Top of the Rock this year, and instead enjoyed some wonderful views from RWO's office just off 5th Ave. Left - The Playboy Mansion and the Empire State Building.
Santa in FAO Schwarz is made entirely of Legos!
Winner of the 2005 Musical of the Year, Spamalot on Broadway is the legendary tale of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail. We were familiar with Monty Python, and had an idea in advance of what to expect. We were not disappointed. It was silly, superlative, rambunctious and engaging. We wanted to choose a play that would make us laugh, and Spamalot fit the bill.
Our other choice for this time-limited trip was the 75th Anniversary of the Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall. The first part consisted of the arrival of Santa, viewed with the provided 3-D glasses. The remainder of the show consisted of the Rockettes. The special effects were dazzling, and the entire show was spectacular. The beautiful story of the first Christmas was told reverently in pageantry, music and scripture.
Peak Kwinarian is President of PK Games which includes Signals the Sneaky Card Game. In real life, or perhaps in another alternate life, Peak is Brandon Armstrong, news commentator of the tongue-in-cheek The Onion. With Brandon, it's hard to tell what's real and what's just a game! Be sure to check out Signals. Here's Peak...er ...Brandon, with Wally...er ...Walter James HERE.
Rockefeller Center was extremely crowded, and the number of people made it difficult to move around. Prometheus looked radiant in his new gold paint.
Times Square was also overcrowded, but the storefronts begged us to stop and take a look. Many were roped off to allow the slower pace as people walked past the windows.
St. Patrick's Cathedral was beautifully decorated, inside and out. It is in the very heart of the New York’s celebration of Christmas. Video
Grand Central Terminal, built in 1913, was featuring a spectacular laser light show while we were there. The Kaleidoscope Light Show shown on the walls and dome of the Terminal is quickly becoming the most popular holiday attraction in New York.
A trip to Manhattan wouldn't be complete without a stop at the Apple Store!
Winners of the Marriott Marquis’ Gingerbread House contest, sponsored by The Culinary Institute of America were on display this week. They were beautifully crafted and decorated and looked ready for occupation by any Gingerbread Family with the income to live in the Marriott Marquis.