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PatTrainorSMHS67

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Dear Folks,

       I went to see the tree last night!!!! Am I the first??????? - it was beautiful,stopped into St Patrick's too - We got special permission to go back and see the Chapel of Our Lady which was closed last evening. My husband's niece was visiting,she grew up in Iowa, but now lives in Florida and had never been to NYC. Her parents were married at that chapel and I wanted her to see it.  It's so pretty - it must have been a beautiful wedding - over 30 years ago. Anyone else see the tree yet?

Only 3 weeks - yikes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pat


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Dear Folks,

       I went to see the tree last night!!!! Am I the first???????

 

You're probably the first gator to see it this year.


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I saw the tree before they turned it on: do I get half credit??

 

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Have a date next week with my son for dinner and the tree.  We're trying to make it a tradition.  Last year was the first time....we met up at the Olive Garden in Times Square for dinner, walked on over to Rockefeller Plaza to see the tree and headed to St. Patrick's Cathedral to light candles.  Then wandered a bit more in and out of the stores until we get to 60th & 5th and hopped back on the train to head home.  Had a very, very nice time.....though a bit cold!  I'm looking forward to doing it again this year.....and God willing, years to come. 
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Watched the Tree Lighting on TV and saw Harry Connick Jr. push the button. As for my position on driving through Manhattan at any given point in time, that's as close as I'll be getting to the tree. Ah yes, New York, New York, where it can actually take one forty minutes to go around the block. How's this for nostalgia? Remember when "going into the city", meant going to Manhattan? Me? I'm from Long Island. Just to prove it, they call it Long Island City, don't they?
As a side note, this year's tree is from Warwick, NY, right here in Orange County (or so I'm told).

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Dear Bob,

          I don't blame you for not wanting to drive in Manhattan especially midtown. We did drive through the Lincoln Tunnel and park at a parking lot right on 42nd between 9th and 10th so the only real driving was through the tunnel. Then we walked and or took a taxi to wherever we needed to go. My niece wanted to take a taxi from Macy's to meet us by the parking lot, but there were none available so she saw those guys driving around on the bikes with the enclosed  seat for a passenger behind them- she got ripped off 20 dollars for a 5 block ride - I was wondering why no one takes those things.

Talk to you later,

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Dear Janet,

        That sounds like fun. I missed going in last year for whatever reason so I'm glad I was able to get there this year . Now I need to shop and decorate . I guess that's what I'll be doing this weekend.

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I'm glad I still live in Astoria! I'm getting ready for my favorite annual tradition, walking from Astoria up to the airport and back to see all the lights. I love looking at the decorations.
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Watched the Tree Lighting on TV and saw Harry Connick Jr. push the button. As for my position on driving through Manhattan at any given point in time, that's as close as I'll be getting to the tree. Ah yes, New York, New York, where it can actually take one forty minutes to go around the block. How's this for nostalgia? Remember when "going into the city", meant going to Manhattan? Me? I'm from Long Island. Just to prove it, they call it Long Island City, don't they?
As a side note, this year's tree is from Warwick, NY, right here in Orange County (or so I'm told).

 

Close, but no cigar!  Tree this year is from Wayne, NJ, belonged to a sewer worker (Ed Norton?).  See: http://www.waynetownship.com/bulletins-rock2005.htm  Wayne (Mt. View, specifically) is where my wife's family moved to from Queens Village after she graduated from MC, so we took special note of that fact this year.  We also watched Harry push the button on our TV.... Reminded me of when I had an office on about the 24th floor of 30 Rock..... We're looking forward to our 10th Green Christmas down here, just north of Tampa!!  Sure beats the 23 white frigid ones we had in Ct after leaving Breezy Point in '72!!!  Remember: the first Christmas tree was more likely a palm tree than a fir tree.....

 

Merry Christmas, to All!!!

 

 

 


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PS --- Bob: didja ever try to tell someone from Brooklyn that they live on Long Island?  Be prepared to duck!!  Being from Springfield Gardens, we always talked about going to "the city" when we meant Manhattan, but "going into the city" when we spent our summers at Breezy Point meant going back to Springfield Gardens!  Of course, anywhere in Nassau or Suffolk was "out on the Island" and anything at all above the Bronx was "upstate" even if it was only Westchester or Yonkers!!  Geography was so much simpler then, now, I'm permanently screwed up, because the water (Gulf of Mexico) is on the west coast, directly opposite where it's spozed to be!  Some here call this "the west coast of the east coast" but I still can't get used to it.  Same thing used to make me nuts when I drove the Pacific Coast Hiway -- when the water is on your left, you should be heading south, like God intended.  At least those excursions were just short term, this situation is like permanent, and I just can not get with the program... something about old dogs & new trix....

 

 


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Hi Russ,

 

Believe it or not, it was on November 12th!!!  It takes 3 weeks to put on

all the decorations (3,000 lights!!).  I was on the way to "The Top of the

Rock" the newly reopened 3 level observation deck on top of the RCA

(now GE) building behind the tree.  Absolutely beautiful midtown view,

particarily on a clear night.  Costs $14.00 and worth every penny!

 

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Clem, Brooklyn's pretty much just Brooklyn. They still hold on to the idea of being the "Fourth largest city in America", as from the days of Welcome Back Kotter! Anyone know if that sign's still there? The one I remember was on the Eastbound Belt, just after the exit off the Verrazano (remember too, the less than politically correct nickname of this bridge?). Of course, they still curse the Dodgers and refuse to cheer for the Bombers there too. Guy I work with was just talking about how in his old neighborhood of Canarsie, there were four Pizza joints along a two block stretch and were all doing nicely. Reminded me of a certain stretch of Queens Blvd. in Sunnyside and a group of local bars.
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So far I've seen the tree twice this year.  I went in last Friday with a friend and met up with another friend who recently moved to NJ from Colombia.  It was wonderful seeing it through her eyes. 

I was there again tonight - it was magnificent.  Did they always have professional photographers on hand? 


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Just an FYI - The tree at the Stock Exchange is from Warwick New York - Bob J - watch out - the weather beast is using that four letter word again and using a big ruler.

 

Stay safe

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PS --- Bob: didja ever try to tell someone from Brooklyn that they live on Long Island?  Be prepared to duck!! 

 

Try asking those people from Brooklyn where was The Battle Of Long Island from a war from about 230 years ago.


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