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Old 11-09-2012, 12:40 PM   #1
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re: New York around the holidays

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This year for the first time I am taking my family to see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. I am not real familiar with the city, what else is there to do with the kids? I think the tree is there, but what about stores like FAO Schwartz or Toys are Us? What would you suggest we do? Our show is 11:00. Thanks so much!!
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:49 PM   #2
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If it's only one day, I'd suggest Radio City, Rockefeller Center (about 2 blocks away) and then a stroll up Fifth Avenue to FAO Schwartz. You can see the windows at Saks Fifth Avenue (50th Street) on your way uptown.

Or, you can go downtown and window shop and check out the windows at Lord & Taylor (5th Avenue and 40th Street).

Keep in mind that the city is crowded around the holidays and it's practically impossible to walk at a decent clip. How much you can do depends on how much time you have.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:37 PM   #3
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IF you do not have your tickets yet, I cannot urge you enough not to go on a weekend. I don't want to be the voice of gloom, but it's brutal. Really, really brutal crowds around the tree, Rock Center, Radio City and...OMG Times Square. Weekdays may not be much better, but it's possible.

Bryant Park put something together a few years ago. Ice skating, a restaurant, and craft stands. It was a little less crowded when I was last there, years ago. Bryant Park is between 5th and 6th avenues, and 40 and 41st street - behind the library.

Outside of mid-town, all is well. But probably nothing you want to see. Just go with lots of patience in your back pocket!
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:03 PM   #4
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Hi everyone,
This year for the first time I am taking my family to see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. I am not real familiar with the city, what else is there to do with the kids? I think the tree is there, but what about stores like FAO Schwartz or Toys are Us? What would you suggest we do? Our show is 11:00. Thanks so much!!
how long are you there ?
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:57 PM   #5
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IF you do not have your tickets yet, I cannot urge you enough not to go on a weekend. I don't want to be the voice of gloom, but it's brutal. Really, really brutal crowds around the tree, Rock Center, Radio City and...OMG Times Square. Weekdays may not be much better, but it's possible.

Bryant Park put something together a few years ago. Ice skating, a restaurant, and craft stands. It was a little less crowded when I was last there, years ago. Bryant Park is between 5th and 6th avenues, and 40 and 41st street - behind the library.

Outside of mid-town, all is well. But probably nothing you want to see. Just go with lots of patience in your back pocket!
I work on 6th Avenue near Radio City. We call it "Attack of the Tree People"!
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:16 PM   #6
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Visit Santa at Macy's (Herald Square). They have a elaborate display.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:02 PM   #7
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I like Bryant Park.

There's a college student that posts here, I think she works at Ellen's Stardust Diner... Flakesomething. Anyway, she might know of some special events. What day will you be there?
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:33 PM   #8
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I'm taking the kids out on a Friday to go. It's for my 8 year old's birthday. Here is our agenda:

- Christmas Spectacular
- American Girl store
- Dylan's Candy Bar
- Serendipity (Frozen hot chocolate and burgers!)

Do you have tickets yet? Good seats are going FAST!
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:28 PM   #9
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IThere's a college student that posts here, I think she works at Ellen's Stardust Diner... Flakesomething. Anyway, she might know of some special events. What day will you be there?


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Old 11-10-2012, 11:51 AM   #10
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That's it! For some reason 'flake' is the only part that stuck in my mind.

and those pups are adorable
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:06 PM   #11
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I like Bryant Park.

There's a college student that posts here, I think she works at Ellen's Stardust Diner... Flakesomething. Anyway, she might know of some special events. What day will you be there?
I LOVE Ellens Stardust Diner. That's a destination in itself. Definitely, go get yourself a hamburger and a show!
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we did a day trip with our kids to NYC last christmas. we started in times square but really just took in the sites, went to the disney store, went into TRU but opted not to ride the ferris wheel (loooong wait), went into the M&M store and let them pick out some goodies. Headed up to see the tree at rockefeller, which was crazy crowded but ok at that point, and checked out american girl store, spent a little time in central park so the kids could run free for a bit. They had so much fun just doing the little that we did!

When it was getting dark as we headed back down past the tree hoping to see it all lit up this time and that is when it got scary. really scary. as in, I never want to do that again scary. there was a crush of people like nothing I have ever experienced...I have no doubt I left bruises on my kids hands I was holding on to them so tightly. There was about 20 minutes near magnolia bakery where we were at a dead standstill because noone could move at all...there were that many people. scary scary scary.

Have never been so happy to get out of that crush, and back to times square where we were able to breathe easier and spread out a bit. which is funny to say because normally I consider times square to be crowded, but not this time, at least not comparably, lol.

we had thought about doing macy's and a few more things, but ended up getting dinner and then heading back home. It was a GREAT day, and I'm looking forward to taking the kids back this year if we can find the time to do it.

have a great time!!!!
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:38 AM   #13
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Thanks everyone. Does anyone know how far Dylan's candy and fao Schwartz is from radio city? Can we walk it with 3 kids?
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Fao schwartz is walkable, dylans is a bit far if I remember correctly
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Thanks everyone. Does anyone know how far Dylan's candy and fao Schwartz is from radio city? Can we walk it with 3 kids?
We just jump in a cab to go up to Dylan's then Serendipity, where we eat dinner, is right down the street so we walk from there. Not terribly far and I could walk with adults but with little kids I would take a taxi.
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