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article imageIt's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in New York City Special

New York - 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.
One of the entrances into NYC s Macy store decorated for the holidays. You can see the Empire State ...
One of the entrances into NYC's Macy store decorated for the holidays. You can see the Empire State Building in the background.
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Visitors walk by one of Macy s decorated windows.
Visitors walk by one of Macy's decorated windows.
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One of Macy s windows
One of Macy's windows
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Shoppers walking along a street in midtown Manhattan
Shoppers walking along a street in midtown Manhattan
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Times Square was full of shoppers, and the Disney Store was a busy place.
Interior of the Disney Store in NYC s Times Square. The upstairs was full of shoppers on Black Frida...
Interior of the Disney Store in NYC's Times Square. The upstairs was full of shoppers on Black Friday.
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Shoppers checking out the merchandise in the princess displays in the Disney Store
Shoppers checking out the merchandise in the princess displays in the Disney Store
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This pup  all dressed up  was observed sitting across from the Empire State Building.
This pup, all dressed up, was observed sitting across from the Empire State Building.
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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.
On Thanksgiving weekend the tree at Rockefeller Center was not quite ready  but will be lit up with ...
On Thanksgiving weekend the tree at Rockefeller Center was not quite ready, but will be lit up with tens of thousands of lights on Nov. 28.
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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.
Ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center
Ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center
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Christmas decorations located across the street from Radio City Music Hall
Christmas decorations located across the street from Radio City Music Hall
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Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall
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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.
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