As Thanksgiving weekend comes to an end, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in New York City. Walking through the streets of the Big Apple, holiday shopping is in full swing and the decorations can be seen inside and outside of many buildings.
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.
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.