Apologies to Charlie Chaplin for ripping off the title to one of his greatest, most memorable and touching films. But I couldn’t resist. I was shopping in and around Columbus Circle yesterday and managed to stay sane and uplifted amid the crowds and chaos, thanks to the enchanting holiday lights strewn everywhere – in the trees, in the stores, and all around midtown. Just taking a minute to stop and look at the decorations really keeps you from losing your mind!
Even though the Time Warner Center is somewhat of a monument to commerce and materialism, it can be temporarily forgiven with their giant, luminescent glowing stars, hung annually from the lobby ceiling during the Christmas season:
These beauties change color every few seconds, and it’s pretty cool to watch! Though I think it would be much nicer without the Armani Exchange sign in the background. (that store sucks!):
The Time Warner Center is headquarters for CNN. I have seen Anderson Cooper walking around there three times that I can remember: once on the escalator, once in the lobby, and once waiting on line at Jamba Juice downstairs 🙂
I stood on the staircase of the J. Crew store just to get this picture, looking out and down toward Columbus Circle. I liked the way the red car lights looked mixed in with the tree lights:
Before I knew it the sun had gone down, and the street lights came into full illuminated glory. This is outside Time Warner, around 6:20 PM:
This time of year, Columbus Circle is taken over by an outdoor market with vendors selling their wares. Here are some holiday shoppers sticking it out through the cold temperatures:
You can view all the pictures I took for this series on my Flickr page. I hope they bring you some holiday cheer! 🙂
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate. And warm wishes to everyone for a wonderful, joyous season. I’ll be pretty busy the next couple of days – cooking, family, gatherings, etc – and so probably won’t have time to blog until the weekend. I’ll miss you! But I’ll be here . . .
For a compassionate, peaceful world . . . love and blessings to all 🙂