When I moved to this sprawling metropolis I only had one major fear, mastering the New York City subway system.

The Empire State Building is probably the most recognizable landmark in New York City. At 1,454 feet from base to antenna, it soars above its Midtown Manhattan neighborhoods and can be seen from quite a distance.

During any given holiday, New York City is the place to be. I mean, think about. We celebrate Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween with larger-than-life parades and festivities throughout town; and Christmas ushers in awe-inspiring decorations, which hang from the city’s venerable landmarks. So of course, New York knows how to ring in a new year

Last week, I visited Madame Tussauds New York in Times Square for the first time. Initially I was a little scared of the international wax museum’s lifelike figures, but after walking through a few rooms of the multi-level exhibit, I got used to them.

I’m a movie buff and have always been drawn to holiday films set in New York City. Of course this sprawling metropolis is breathtaking draped in a blanket of fresh snow—complete with holiday lights peppered throughout—but more than that, I’ve always loved how some of the city’s most iconic institutions can be seen decked out in festive decorations.

This past Thursday, I took a tour of Holiday House NYC—an Upper East Side mansion that transforms into a holiday-themed designer showhouse every fall.

Although this is turning out to be a pretty mild fall, the warmer weather hasn’t deterred NYC’s annual winter attractions from opening up for the season—including ice-skating rinks throughout the city.

One surefire way to get out of your comfort zone and discover places you never knew existed is by planning an itinerary for visiting family or friends. A few years ago, my Mom was in town visiting for the holidays.

As a kid, we’re filled with a million questions. Some stem from observation: why’s the sky blue? While others are much more personal: how does my body know how to breathe, walk, etc.?

Have you ever wanted to visit a place so badly but for one reason or another the powers that be prevented it from happening? Well, that happened to me and the place was the New Museum on the Lower East Side.


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