Rockefeller Center and the Christmas Tree for 2013

My wife and I went to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular yesterday night and while we were in the area we decided to look around Rockefeller Center. There are Christmas lights up already, which is nice, and the tree is already in place, but it is surrounded by scaffolding. Judging by the pile of branches on the ground nearby, the tree is being trimmed and shaped prior to being decorated for the holiday season. Maybe I’m just getting used to being around tall structures, but the tree doesn’t look as big as usual this year.

We also walked past the NBC today studio set. It was closed up for the night, but it was still interesting to look in and see where the teleprompters are read.

NBC News Studio by Rockefeller Center
NBC News Studio by Rockefeller Center
Looking into the NBC Studio news set from outside.
Looking into the NBC Studio news set from outside.

I didn’t know Christie’s, the auction house, was by Rockefeller Center, but we saw that too. The big balloon dog sculpture in front of the entrance is pretty cool. I sort of wish there were miniature versions so I could buy one and keep it on a shelf.

Balloon Dog Sculpture at Christie's Auction House
Balloon Dog Sculpture at Christie’s Auction House
A close-up of the balloon dog sculpture.
A close-up of the balloon dog sculpture.
Christie's Auction House window displays.
Christie’s Auction House window displays.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2011

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After seeing the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular last Friday, my wife and I walked over to Rockefeller Center to take a look at the big Christmas tree.  It’s one of those iconic sights that you have to see to say you had the full Christmas tourist experience in the city.  We’re not tourists, but even still, it’s nice to get out and do the tourist thing.  It helps me appreciate the city more and take advantage of what it has to offer, before I suddenly find myself moving somewhere else.  That’s how it’s always been for me.  I keep putting things off and then before I know it, the opportunity has passed and I’ve moved on.  That’s how I wound up never seeing the Carlsbad Caverns, even though I lived in the area for two years.

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Anyway, the tree was looking a little wilted, but we did wait until the it had been up for more than a month to came take a look at it.  Next year, I want to take my wife around to see it when it’s still fresh.  She was very amused to see the ice skating rink just below the tree and had a lot of questions about it.  Maybe one of these days I can teach her how to ice skate, though I’m a bit rusty myself.

Rockefeller Center Skating Rink
Rockefeller Center Skating Rink

The Christmas season is winding down.  In just a few days it’ll be the New Year.  Even worse (and better), classes start again on the 3rd.  It’s just one class, for Winter Session, but it’s 4 hours a day, 4 days a week for three weeks.  It should be interesting.  I just hope we can squeeze in a few more sightseeing stops before we run out of time.  We still have to make it back to the Met!  Hopefully we can do that this Friday, when the museum stays open later than normal.  I’d like to take her to the Guggenheim and the American Museum of Natural History too, if possible.

Rockefeller Center Christmas 2011 Angel Decoration

The LEGO Store at Rockefeller Center, New York City

The LEGO store at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Last weekend I looked around in the LEGO store at Rockefeller Center after going to church with my mom.  The place is pretty cool so I thought I’d share some pictures so you can see some of what you might find if you go there.

LEGO mosaics on the walls of the store.

Rockefeller Center built with LEGOs.

Scattered throughout the store are recreations of landmarks, made completely with LEGOs.  This is one of the bigger ones, though there were smaller ones too, in little enclosed boxes to prevent damage.  You view them by peering in through bubble dome covers.

A Chinese dragon built from LEGOs.

This Chinese dragon is made completely from LEGOs and you can see different portions of it going throughout the store.  You can see its tail in the store’s entrance windows, which you can see in the first picture of this post.

A wall of LEGOs that you buy by weight.

Just like the M&M store at Times Square has a wall of different flavored M&Ms, there is a wall with a huge selection of various types of LEGOs, from heads to antennae to the little round caps that go over one ‘peg’ on a LEGO brick.  I don’t know what the interlocking raised parts of the LEGOs are called!

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I know these aren’t intended to be FarmVille related LEGOs, not officially, but that’s what these sets reminded me of.

If I had to make a choice between going to the M&M Store and going to this store, I think my love of LEGOs would overpower my love of chocolate.  There’s something about LEGOs that just makes me want to buy them all and spend hours building things!  I could go broke in this store if I wasn’t careful.