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Christmas in New York 2006 at The New Yorker Hotel

- Special Events/On Location

Christmas in New York 2006
The New Yorker Hotel
(The New Yorker Hotel Website)
Rockefeller Center
(Rockefeller Center Website)
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
(Radio City Music Hall Website)

A Photo Documentary


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
December 12, 2006 - December 13, 2006


(See Christmas in New York 2005).
(See The New Yorker Hotel 75th Anniversary Gala).

My three year-old niece, Camille, and her mother, Madeline, from the Philadelphia area, joined me in a 40th floor Tower Suite at the historical New Yorker Hotel in midtown New York, for pre-Christmas activities and to experience all that New York has to offer in this busy, glittering Holiday season. On Tuesday, December 12, 2006, Camille and Madeline arrived at Port Authority, and we met in the festive New Yorker Hotel lobby, with its elegant Christmas tree and Holiday décor and wreaths. Camille checked out the two double beds, the spacious living room and two televisions, the antique marble and porcelain bath, and the exceptional views of the Empire State Building, the Chrysler building, Madison Square Garden, the lights and billboards, hundreds of yellow taxis, and the signature New York City skyline.

Due to an 11:00 AM curtain at Radio City Music Hall for the Christmas Spectacular with the entertaining, multi-costumed Rockettes, Santa Claus, the elves, and Nativity story and animals, there was no time to dawdle. The Rockettes were splendid, and the wooden soldier march was, as always, mesmerizing, especially to a three year-old. Following the Rockettes, we stopped by Rockefeller Center and meandered along the Saks Fifth Avenue windows, with stuffed angels and dolls. Soon it was time for Teddy Bear Tea at Dahesh Museum of Art, Madison at 56th Street, with a real, French artist Teddy bear, hot chocolate, soft boiled eggs, and a dessert display, while Madeline and I enjoyed the Afternoon Tea Service, with sandwiches, tea leaves, and petit fours. After a quick spin through the Dahesh galleries, we were off again back to Rockefeller Center, for the tree, now alight, skaters, and snowflake light show, against the Saks Fifth Avenue building.

A bit later, we arrived at Rizzoli Bookstore on West 57th Street, to explore the children’s books, as well as design collections on the mezzanine, and Camille enjoyed climbing library ladders and checking out the inventory. For dinner we joined Tony and staff at Amarone Ristorante, where they have a large box of crayons and paper for kids to stay busy. My linguine and white clams had to wait till much later, and, thanks to the New Yorker Hotel Tower Suite refrigerator, I turned it into cold pasta antipasto, since Camille became sleepy during dinner. Her penne pasta was, however, fully enjoyed first, and Madeline had homemade raviolis with cheese and vegetable fillings. We found another yellow cab, one of a dozen during the two-day adventure.

Back at the hotel, the skyline was luminous, and Camille played with her new Rockette doll, two costumes, and her new Rizzoli book, Maisy’s Christmas Eve, while she tasted part of the exquisite fruit basket and boxes of chocolates and cookies that we discovered in our Tower Suite. Amazingly, there was never time for the two televisions. So many plans, so little time. As The New Yorker Hotel has courtesy wireless capability for guests, I was able to work at my laptop into the late hours. We did not hear traffic or any type of noise from our quiet Suite. On Wednesday morning, a wakeup call got Camille and Madeline to Santa’s perch at Macy’s bright and early, before we met for complementary breakfast on the 39th floor. The Tower breakfast includes pastries, croissants, choices of juice, fresh coffees and teas, and Camille loved seeing the Statue of Liberty, Hudson River, and lots of people and taxis.

Soon it was time for a private ballet lesson at Studio Maestro with Managing Artistic Director, François Perron. This incredible opportunity for a three year-old prepared her for the afternoon matinee of The Nutcracker at New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. François helped her feel like a princess and like a real, little ballerina, as Camille was fully dressed in Freed of London ballet slippers, tights, and leotards, with a New York City Ballet tutu for a fashionable début. Before we could pirouette, we were at Lincoln Center for one of the finest performances of The Nutcracker I have ever experienced. Camille was, once again, mesmerized, with the scintillating Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker Soldier, Mother Ginger, Marie, Fritz, Herr Drosselmeier, Mouse King, giant Christmas tree, and real, onstage snowstorm. Following The Nutcracker, we headed to the New York Public Library for a Japanese Woodcut art exhibit, where Camille napped endlessly, the Lord & Taylor windows, and dinner at Mustang Harry's, another child-friendly bistro, one with the best burgers, salads, hot dishes, and Irish hospitality. Penn Station, for Camille and Madeline's train back to the Philadelphia area, was just a block away.

See below some photos of this special Christmas in New York 2006, again, thanks to The New Yorker Hotel and its warm, helpful staff. Reserve a room for the quiet winter months, as New York offers Broadway shows, museums, sports at Madison Square Garden, the winter ballet and theatre season, and hassle-free shopping in the less busy January-March, just ahead.



Camille checks out the comfortable suite.
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Camille explores The New Yorker Hotel's Christmas tree.
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Camille explores The New Yorker Hotel's Christmas tree.
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Camille at the Tower breakfast buffet.
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Camille enjoys the Tower breakfast view.
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Camille takes a break between activities.
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Rockefeller Center at Christmas Time, 2006
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



A Weary Visitor to Rockefeller Center
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Rockefeller Center at Christmas Time, 2006
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Rockefeller Center at Christmas Time, 2006
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Rockefeller Center at Christmas Time, 2006
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Rockefeller Center at Christmas Time, 2006
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Madeline and Camille Admire the Christmas Tree.
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Madeline and Camille Admire the Christmas Tree.
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Holiday Windows on Fifth Avenue.
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Holiday Windows on Fifth Avenue.
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Holiday Windows on Fifth Avenue.
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Holiday Windows on Fifth Avenue.
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Holiday Windows on Fifth Avenue.
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Camille Loves Rizzoli Bookstore.
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Camille is Thrilled with her French Artist Teddy Bear.
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Camille is kept busy,
while Amarone Ristorante prepares her penne pasta.
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Camille Learns Ballet from Studio Maestro's Francois Perron.
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Camille Waits for a Yellow Taxi.
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower





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