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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving, from Macy's

Macys, Herald Square
Photo by myself in front of Macy's in Herald Square, around 34th Street and 6th Avenue.

It was general mayhem on Wednesday afternoon, the air abuzz with anticipation of the Thanksgiving parade. The metal grandstands and areas for the press were set up, and the elaborate window displays at Macy's were on full view.

All the festive windows had colorful moving parts, drawing fascinated kids and adults.

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Yes, they're all set up for the annual Thanksgiving Parade, that tours more than forty blocks from Columbus Avenue in the Upper West Side to the Macy's store in midtown. The parade route is lined with blue 'Do Not Cross' signs, and you can sense the anticipation in the air. Thanksgiving also marks the unofficial beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

Mark and I will be spending Thanksgiving dinner with friends in Brooklyn; one friends' Korean grandmother will be cooking traditional foods, so we are planning to starve ourselves beforehand.

This holiday comes at a poignant time, as everyone feels a bit insecure because of the economy. Perhaps it is good timing to take stock of what things in our lives we do have.

Mark is coming off a stressful assignment and is taking the rest of the year off from work. This time is slow in his industry anyway, and he will spend quality time with Rupert and Dida. Rupert, our four month old Boston Terrier, is going through a disobedient phase, chasing our middle-aged cat Dida any chance he can. It makes for a circus atmosphere at home.

Thanksgiving in America is one of the busiest traveling periods of the year, as families reunite from all over. What are your Thanksgiving plans, if you have any?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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12 comments:

valeria said...

Sounds like a lovely time to be in New York, Kitty! Enjoy your thanksgiving! It's a normal day for us in Italy...

istanbuldailyphoto said...

All The everyone is there. Good work. Greetings.

Olivier said...

je te souhaite un "Happy Thanksgiving" et ne dépense pas tout ton argent chez Macy's ;o))
I wish you a "Happy Thanksgiving" and does not spend all your money at Macy's ;o))

Lily Hydrangea said...

I love this shot Kitty! I love the Macy's awning with the lights and your capture of the woman staring directly into the camera.
& Happy Thanksgiving to you & Mark & Rupert & Dida.
I think you are so right about today being a good day to take stock of what we do have. Yes it is scary now, but we'll get through it.
Enjoy the good food!

Carly said...

I love the parade -- we're watching from upstate. Someday I will go there for it (kids, older, blah blah blah)

I swear I know that woman, her name is Jan. Everybody's got a twin, huh?

kostas said...

My son with his girlfriend will visit NYC this Christmas for two weeks.We have a very good friend who lives there.
I hope to bring me a Nikon DSLR as a gift!
He is a graphic designer and he loves New York.
Have a nice day.
Regards from a sunny but cold Thessaloniki.
kostas

Nubia said...

ugh, i work near there now. i try to avoid the masses at all costs. Happy Turkey day!!!

Tammy said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Paz said...

Oh my! Let the crowding and craziness begin. ;-) I think I'll stay away from that area if I can help it. ;-)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Paz

tr3nta said...

Looks like someone caught you taking the shot... :-)

BANJO52 said...

I'm just getting started on my own blog (Banjo52.blogspot.com), and I wonder how one finds out what privacy issues might be involved when one takes shots of strangers. Have you had any problems with legal issues or with subjects responding nastily? Because of those concerns, I've stuck to birds and roadside shots so far.

I like your pics a lot. You allow a Midwesterner to see NY without having to make his way through it.

Kitty said...

Thanks everyone!

Hi Banjo
I think taking photos of people in public places (which includes sidewalks) is allowed.

I think making money off the images is not allowed. You'd have to have them sign some kind of waiver. This includes TV shows, which is why you often see people's faces blurred on camera.

I've never had a nasty reaction, but then, I probably look harmless enough. I have had street musicians stop playing to prevent a photograph, to provoke me to pay them.

I don't post photos when the person looks uncomfortable with having their photo taken...I don't like the feeling and it never looks good.

I'll drop by your blog!