Saturday, November 29, 2014

Aloha to NYC - Rockettes' Christmas Spectacular


I traveled to NYC for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at this link.   Following the parade, Lisa and I walked north on Fifth Avenue, stopping in St. Patrick's Cathedral.

From its website (link),

The story of New York’s great cathedral mirrors the story of the city itself. Created to affirm the ascendance of religious freedom and tolerance, St. Patrick’s Cathedral was built in the democratic spirit, paid for not only by the contributions of thousands of poor immigrants but also by the largesse of 103 prominent citizens who pledged $1,000 each. St. Patrick’s Cathedral proves the maxim that no generation builds a cathedral. It is rather, a kind of ongoing conversation linking generations past, present and future.

The cornerstone of St. Patrick’s Cathedral was laid in 1858 and her doors swept open in 1879. It was over 150 years ago when Archbishop John Hughes announced his inspired ambition to build the “new” St. Patrick’s Cathedral. 

The cathedral is undergoing restoration.  Despite the scaffolding, inside and out, it remains a beacon to the city.

We stopped in FAO Schwartz.  This iconic toy store also offered holiday items. including The Wizard of Oz nutcrackers!

Walking south on Sixth Avenue, we arrived at our destination - Radio City Music Hall.

From Wikipedia (link),

The Rockettes are a precision dance company founded in 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri and since 1932 have performed out of Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, New York City. During the Christmas season, the Rockettes present five shows a day, seven days a week. Perhaps their best-known routine is an eye-high leg kick in perfect unison in a chorus line, which they include at the end of every performance. Their style of dance is a mixture of modern dance and classic ballet.

The Rockettes performed non stop for 90 minutes.  Their energy is inspiring.  The show ended with a live Nativity scene - it was awesome.  I recommend their show!

Across the street is NBC Studios and the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center.  We boarded our train at 9 pm for the three hour journey back to Baltimore.   Although it was a long day, I checked off two more items from my bucket list.  Thank you, Lisa, for a wonderful day!

Have you seen the Rockettes in person or on TV?  


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

I spotted these flowers in a local market where we stopped for hot chocolate.


  1. Oh my gosh, what a fantastic day, the Church is just beautiful inside and to have gone to the toy store, wow, what a dream day.

  2. I've seen the Rockettes on TV and on posters around the city.

  3. What a great day in NYC. I have not seen the Rockettes. Sounds like a great show.

  4. Sounds and looks like you had a great deal of fun. How nice to check things off your bucket list!

  5. haven't seen the Rockettes in person since I was a kid, but enjoyed them on TV during the Thanksgiving parade.