People always talk about autumn in New York, but there is nothing as iconic as the holidays in the big apple. As the giving season descended on the city, a few members of the LeSportsac team left the office early and took a walk past Times Square and up Fifth Avenue to enjoy New York under even brighter lights.
(photo courtesy of newyork.com)
First stop Rockefeller Center. It’s one thing to catch the famous Rockefeller tree lighting ceremony on national television, but the energy of the crowd surrounding the team was only surpassed by the energy of the performances. Live performances by Sting, Mary J. Blidge, Carly Rae Jepson, Andrea Bocelli James Taylor and the very New York City institution–The Rockets, had all of our team members dancing and singing along. Then the tree. We couldn’t think of any better known. This 80 year old tree was 78-feet tall, wrapped in 45,000 multi-colored LEDs on five miles of wire, and was topped with blingiest Swarvoski star that encapsulated 25,000 crystals. You know we love ourselves some Swarvoski. This lighting is something that has got to be seen in person.
Feeling the chill in the air, the team then walked to Bryant part to take part in its annual Winter village and to grab some yummy locally made hot cider. Warm cups in hand, the team scoured through the Holiday Shops consisting of a European inspired open-air market of 125 boutiques. Looking for gift ideas the team browsed through hand crafted jewelry, local art and photography, gifts for home, small label fashion, and artisanal treats. Maybe a thing or two was bought and eaten by the team.
But then there was the rink. There’s no New York Holiday experience without a little ice skating in Bryant Park’s seasonal skating rink. Romanced by the idea of skating under the stars and below the bright lights of the big city, the team laced up their skates with the full intent of creating an Olympic worthy performance. The end result was definitely not Kristi Yamaguchi. There were more spills than thrills (falling lots and lots of falling) but the team had a lot of fun and optimism. The rink is open throughout the season so with practice they may perform better yet—LeSportsac on ice anyone?