The Unbearable Banishment: death may be your santa clause

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

death may be your santa clause

The threat of death must be one of the oldest methods on the planet used to draw a crowd. Apparently, they don’t think that being able to ice skate in the middle of Midtown Manhattan in Bryant Park is enough to attract the tourists. They hired a pretty girl to entwine herself in a white scarf, suspend herself from a balloon and perform an aerial ballet.

It’s a crazy stunt! She performed a Pas de Deux (the balloon was her partner). It was all very lovely, but she was working without a net and really could have slipped out of her wrap, fallen and cracked her head wide open in front of a gaggle of out-of-towners.

At nightfall, they light the tree. That structure you see in the background is a temporary restaurant that will be disassembled in January when the rink comes down. There's a bar on the ground floor or you can walk upstairs and have dinner while looking down on the skaters as they gracefully float by and clumsily fall on their asses. I don’t want to get all Oprah on you but I wish you could see everyone’s face. Everybody is so happy.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks beautiful! much better way to get goofy with holiday spirit than crashing through malls, buying cartloads of cheap plastic santas and other useless crap!

December 17, 2008 at 7:01 AM  
Blogger Digital Fortress said...

Ah, the nostalgia. It's nice to see somethings remain the same, except for the aerial ballet, the skaters in the park is a wonderful holiday memory.

December 17, 2008 at 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! My old NYC office was right by Bryant Park and they never used to go this crazy with the rink. i love the look of the restraunt/bar.

December 17, 2008 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger ~E said...

Next year...Next year I'm so going to NYC for the holidays.

December 18, 2008 at 3:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy is good

December 18, 2008 at 4:07 AM  

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