November 30, 2010

2 Dec

After work, boyfriend and I tried to go to the Rockefeller Tree Lighting Event. The event was from 7-9, and we arrived around 7:30. Police were surrounding the area, checking bags, filtering where people could stand. We tried a couple of different streets. One street just had a huge screen mounted on a semi, broadcasting the event. But we couldn’t see the tree or anything else. So we tried another street where we could see the tree at a distance, but we couldn’t really hear what was going on. We did hear them say that there were 500,000 people there. That’s…a lot. I don’t think I’ve ever been in such a large throng in my life. We tried approaching from the West. We were able to see the above scene, but there were plenty of police standing around telling us to snap the picture and keep moving. It was not “a viewing area.”

We wanted to be there to experience this part of New York, but we weren’t really experiencing anything. We could have stuck around for another couple of hours just to say that we were there, but we figured we would just come back another night and enjoy the decorations without the mob. We headed home and stopped off to get some burritos.

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