I live about 2 hours away from New York City. To reach this metropolis, I can take the train and that’s the transportation that I mostly take every time I visit New York. Most trains going to or passing New York will arrive at Grand Central Terminal. This magnificent train station was once called Grand Central Depot which opened in October 1871 and went through several changes as New York needed bigger place to accommodate all the trains that were coming and going, also the people. The present Grand Central opened on February 2nd 1913. For a building with more than 100 years old history, Grand Central still looks astonishing. It is one among so many icons that make New York City a marvel city worth to visit. When visiting Grand Central, try to spend some time at Grand Central Market. The market, like any market, tries to offer the New Yorkers and tourists with everyday needs, such as food be it cooked or raw, flowers, baked goods, fruits, vegetables, kitchenware and housewares, etc. One thing that makes Grand Central Market one of a kind is it is a fancy-kind, rather posh sort of market. But you don’t want to miss the experience to browse along the stalls at this small market. You’ll be amazed by the freshness of the seafood, the colors and smells of the world’s spices and also the aroma from many variety of teas; not to mention the artisan chocolates and the baked goods that make you drool. The stalls are lining up neatly and classy that match with the New York middle and upper class life style. Even when you only browsing, there is something, if not a lot of things, to see at the market. Maybe you might want to try the baked goods or bring back home a box of chocolate. Some things are quite affordable and don’t forget to get a souvenir. Come and see Grand Central Market when you decide to visit Grand Central Terminal, especially when you can only visit New York once in a lifetime.
By the time Thanksgiving is over, New York City will be ready to display the festivity of holiday season. There will be more lights, wonderful window displays and amazing store decorations; seasonal events such as ice skating rinks at Bryant Park, Central Park or Rockefeller Center and my favorite is the winter market at Bryant Park. Of all the many wonderful things to see in New York City during holiday season, the window displays from the city’s top stores are the ones that are most breathtaking. Each store competes to show the astonishing display of themes on its windows. People will be wowed by the ranging of themes from Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney’s, Macy’s, Bergdorf Goodman’s and many other upscale stores. They can be whimsical, full of fantasy, imaginative, depiction of stories that are popular like A Christmas Carol, Mother Goose, the Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and so on. Those themes are truly work of art!
When you decide to visit New York City during holiday season, be prepared to encounter a lot of people, more than usual. There will be crowd almost everywhere! Wear sensible and comfortable shoes, bundle-up warmly, cause you’re going to take lots and lots of walk. Your main attractions will be mostly along Fifth Avenue. Saks Fifth Avenue has musical light show that covers its entire building. It is simply amazing! Young and old would gather across the store and waiting for the show to begin every 10 minutes. Across Saks Fifth Avenue is another attraction that has been showed on popular movies about Christmas, such as Home Alone: Lost in New York, which is the Rockefeller Christmas tree. The tree, the ice skating rink and the displays around the Rockefeller Center are another wonderful sights to see. You might also browsing the winter market at Bryant Park that has many local artists showing and selling their artworks. Not too mention, another ice skating rink, which is heated, and I think is more romantic than the one at Rockefeller. People can buy some hot cocoa or coffee and have varieties of munchies, sit on one of the park metal chairs and see people ice skating or just relaxing with loved ones. The market is also the best place to get presents for any occasion or souvenirs, if you’re a tourist. So, let me show you how New York City celebrates holiday season. You’ll be amazed for sure!
Hi all! It’s been a while. I wish you’re all well. I’ve been meaning to keep up writing a journal here, nevertheless, so many things happened and I got caught up with them. I was very ill for more than 2 months, started with the worst kind of flu that turned into a complication of pneumonia. I’m recuperating now, although having been very ill meant that my body is still not up to 100% yet. I’d like to start by sharing this cute shop that I happened to come by on the way to Hammonasset Beach in Madison, Connecticut, last summer. Hammonasset Beach is a state park with the largest shoreline park of over 2 miles of beach on Long Island Sound. The beach is beautiful and now that the weather feels like it’s summer already, is going to be a perfect destination on the weekend.
The shop is called THE LITTLE STATION SHOP, which is also an office for the Beach Tree Cottages. It is a brilliant idea to set up the shop because anyone who wants to rent a cottage will go by the shop and see what they offer. At that time, my family and I were on the way to the beach and saw that the store offered some lemonade, our favorite. It’s a soft frozen lemonade called Del’s. If you see one of the cart or shop that sells this brand, you should try some. It’s good. So after we spent our relaxing time on the beach, on the way returning home, we stopped by to have some lemonade and browsed the shop a bit.
The shop is a re-purposed garage basically. There’s a metal sculpture horse standing in front of the shop. The artist who created was the cottage owner, that’s what I thought from the sign on the horse. The shop displayed their merchandises on vintage shelves and all around were vintage toys decorating a small yard next to the shop. There was a seating area for the guests and we enjoyed our lemonade there. The Little Station Shop offered cute and wonderful stationary, beautiful jewelries, artisan soaps, etc. I was only browsing the merchandise and admiring them. The thing that I love the most was the shop and decorations. It is cute, with adorable set up. Some fabric buntings adorned the the tree and the shop. The surrounding was pretty peaceful and with the invitation to go to the beach close by, it’s a perfect little shop indeed.
Some parts of New York City boast the mix of old and new, traditional and modern atmospheres. One of that one-of-a-kind mixed places is in SOHO. While taking my daughters and her friends for girls’ day out there, I indulged my self for the details that SOHO offers with rows of old buildings, the artistry that almost exists in every corner and the unique places that we visited. I love the cobblestone streets, the pillars and the reliefs that decorated the buildings, and even the fire escape stairs that are lining up on the side of the streets. I felt like being pampered with the many objects that we could see around SOHO, to be photographed, of course. My friend and I stopped at some of the artists’ stands that were there to see and admire their works. Among those artists was a photographer who sold her works at one of SOHO corner. She was kind enough to answer some questions from us, who were curious about how she printed her photographs and where did she take some of the images. So many eye-candy for the girls too, that they couldn’t contain themselves sometimes. They went in and out of some stores, that each one gave different perspectives. It seems that SOHO is calling us again, to come and immerse in its plethora of things that we can see, touch, feel and even eat. Perhaps, soon.
I think only New York City can boast its self with some unique tourist attractions. By attractions, I really mean it in a strong manner. Last Saturday, we walked around Times Square and saw a half-naked lady who claimed to be “the Naked Cowgirl”, parading with her guitar, showing off her big smile and also more of her to the amusements of some people. Not far from her, the original man who started the attractions, “the Naked Cowboy”, entertained some tourists who flocked around him, giggling and smiling. While close to the vicinity, several people wearing costumes of Sesame Street characters or superheroes, trying to get as many tourists who were willing to pay to pose with them. In a city as unique as New York, some people find them selves work in a unique way to earn something for living, even if it means selling off their image in the most vulnerable way.
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy.”
-Norman Vincent Peale-