Although the temperatures were mild in the New York Tri-State region over the Thanksgiving holiday, signs of winter and Christmas were definitely in the air on Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
took place as per tradition; this was the parade's 86th year.
Many stores in mid-town are all dressed up
for the festive season and Macy's, a perennial hot spot, was as usual full of people on this year's Black Friday. While this reporter did not enter Macy's, there many people could be observed walking around the exterior either looking at the decorations or seeking to enter or exit the store.
Times Square was full of shoppers, and the Disney Store was a busy place.
While of the commercial stores are all set for 2012 holiday season, places such as Rockefeller Center, one of New York's most popular destinations during the holidays, are only partially decorated.
Although the tree is not ready, many people flocked to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and the surrounding streets, over the weekend to take photos, go ice skating and/or view the decorations in place.
New York City has historically been a special place to visit at Christmas time.
This year the city suffered much difficulty from Sandy, but from what it appears, the city is steadily preparing for the seasonal festivities. Down near Battery Park, which had been flooded, strings of lights were hanging on buildings and in trees in some of the areas.
While the city is back up and running except for a few areas, Sandy's impact could still be felt walking the city streets, especially those of lower Manhattan. For the most part, however, as the Associated Press notes
, business is back in swing.
"We had a tragic incident but we are back except for the recovery in parts of the city that are more residential," said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company, the city's marketing and tourism organization, reported the Associated Press.
Walking along the city's streets, a feeling of New York's resilience and determination to pull together can definitely be felt.