The Unbearable Banishment: NYChristmas

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Nothing says "It's Christmas time in the city!" better than some festive holiday lights. And I can't think of a better use for those tiny white lights than to decorate some scaffolding outside a construction site.

That took some time! Doesn't it just warm your heart? This scaffolding is on 6th Avenue one block south of 34th Street by Macy's. The area is choked with tourists and here in New York City, we like to put on our prettiest face for the out-of-towners during the holidays. Do you suppose the scaffolding is similarly decorated in the Bronx and the dicey parts of Brooklyn? It's not likely.

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I just passed a gentleman in an elegant business suit walking down 42nd Street between Madison and 5th Avenue who was carrying his leather briefcase in one hand and shaving with an electric razor with he free hand. For real! That’s an EXCELLENT example of multi-tasking during your morning commute.

IIIIIIIIII love New York…


Blogger sid said...

yes, yes ... nyc is wonderfful. stop making me envious

December 3, 2008 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

sid: Does it sound like I’m being boastful? I don’t mean it to.

December 3, 2008 at 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Well there is a man out there that can multi-task?

December 3, 2008 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger mjp said...

...carrying his leather briefcase in one hand and shaving with an electric razor with he free hand.

That's nothing, there was a guy that used to run by the house in San Pedro every day, sweating like hell and shaving with a plastic disposable razor. While he ran.

December 3, 2008 at 5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and here i sit - in a hotspot at LGA - waiting on the arrival of a friend. one night in NYC! won't be nearly enough...

December 3, 2008 at 6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there must be something new and different to see every block. i'm feeling a road trip in my future. i was there last time when i was a mere lad of 12. didn't nearly appreciate it enough, i'm thinking. time to dive in with older eyes...

December 3, 2008 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger ~E said...

I got one better...I saw this lady in traffic the other day. Unmoving traffic. She was dressed in business suit down to the jacket and heels when we started side to side on the the time I exited about 7 exits later she was ponytailed and in gym clothes. SKILL!

December 3, 2008 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

mjp: That’s a death wish.

daisy: NYC will always be here whenever you’re ready.

gnu: Sometimes new and different = scary and distusting.

E: What? No pics? Thanks a lot.

December 3, 2008 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger A Free Man said...

My favorite place for Christmas - decor wise - is Britain. Understated yet festive, well done. Oz sucks for Xmas decorations - kind of like SoCal or Florida. Just seems out of context.

December 4, 2008 at 12:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love nyc too. Last time I was there I saw a 6'6" black man walking down the street with an enormous albino snake draped around his neck....

December 4, 2008 at 3:31 AM  

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