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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Photo Blog: New York City: Weather, Travel, and Times Square Snowball Fight

This past weekend, Ashley and I took a quick holiday getaway to New York City to relax and taken in the Christmas spirit with all the decorations and festivities of the city. As we learned a couple of years ago on our first holiday trip there, nobody does Christmas like New York City. We were very excited for the trip, and before we left on Thursday, there was a good chance of getting some snow and a white Christmas...of which we rarely see from Southern California where it is usually 80 degrees on Christmas!

Little did we know that we would have what we would consider to be one of the best experiences of our lives; including an epic snow storm that left the city buried in snow and a social media phenomenon created with the snowball fight in Times Square that was featured on CNN that we stumbled on. Combine that with some great food, good shows,a peaceful Central Park covered with snow, and some Christmas cheer -- and it makes for an almost perfect three days.

What made it even better?

Our 8:25pm flight out of JFK on Sunday evening was the only flight to LAX that day that was not delayed and our upgrades came through. :-) Combine that with the slush developing in NYC (another popular iReport here) and it was the perfect time to get out.

My only regret?

Leaving my Canon EOS SLR at home with my trusted L-lenses as wells as my Flip Video MinoHD camera. I had no idea how epic the experience would be and intentionally left it at home. A poor decision in retrospect and I was left wanting with my Canon PowerShot SD790IS. Still, at least I got some decent pictures.

Here are a few pictures from our trip:


Ashley and I hanging out with Santa Claus in the Winter Wonderland at Macy's.  The wait was only 45 minutes on Saturday as opposed to 2 hours the previous weekend.  Whew.Ashley and I hanging out with Santa Claus in the Winter Wonderland at Macy's.  The wait was only 45 minutes on Saturday as opposed to 2 hours the previous weekend.  Whew.



The start of the snow falling in Central Park.  We were considering ice skating, but passed on this trip just to walk and enjoy the lightly falling snow in the city.The start of the snow falling in Central Park.  We were considering ice skating, but passed on this trip just to walk and enjoy the lightly falling snow in the city.


One of the few blur pictures I have taken and liked.  When we went in to see South Pacific at the Lincoln Center at 7:30pm, there was very little snow.  3 hours later, there were over six inches on the ground right outside the doors.One of the few blur pictures I have taken and liked.  When we went in to see South Pacific at the Lincoln Center at 7:30pm, there was very little snow.  3 hours later, there were over six inches on the ground right outside the doors.


Some Times Square Fun in the Blizzard conditions.  After watching South Pacific we grabbed some late night snacks at Maxie's, we stumbled across the beginning of a snowball fight in Times Square which has been a social media wonder.  Not only is there an iReport on CNN, but also a Facebook group has been created.Some Times Square Fun in the Blizzard conditions.  After watching South Pacific we grabbed some late night snacks at Maxie's, we stumbled across the beginning of a snowball fight in Times Square which has been a social media wonder.  Not only is there an iReport on CNN, but also a Facebook group has been created.


The rooftops were all covered in snow when we woke up from our hotel room at the Hilton Times Square on Sunday morning.  It was time to head to Central Park.The rooftops were all covered in snow when we woke up from our hotel room at the Hilton Times Square on Sunday morning.  It was time to head to Central Park.


One of the many beautiful and peaceful scenes in the park early on Sunday morning.  If I would have brought my Canon DSLR camera, there is no telling how much time I would have spent in the park taking photos before it became too crowded.One of the many beautiful and peaceful scenes in the park early on Sunday morning.  If I would have brought my Canon DSLR camera, there is no telling how much time I would have spent in the park taking photos before it became too crowded.


Undisturbed snow on a bench in the middle of Central Park.  Families were flocking to the Park to sled and play in the snow.Undisturbed snow on a bench in the middle of Central Park.  Families were flocking to the Park to sled and play in the snow.


Taking a quick photo by the fountain in front of the Lake in Central Park.  While cold, the wind was fairly calm making it quite enjoyable.
Taking a quick photo by the fountain in front of the Lake in Central Park.  While cold, the wind was fairly calm making it quite enjoyable.


The horse drawn carriages were just starting to run.  This was the first on and the driver was reporting back about only 1 lane being workable from a carriage perspective.The horse drawn carriages were just starting to run.  This was the first on and the driver was reporting back about only 1 lane being workable from a carriage perspective.


A shot of the bridge with the snow and ice covered pond.  Breathtaking and peaceful!A shot of the bridge with the snow and ice covered pond.  Breathtaking and peaceful!

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