Saturday, December 11, 2010

city sidewalks

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday gear. In the air there's a feeling of Christmas. Not so much in the opulent window displays of Fifth Avenue, at Bergdorf's or Bendel's or even Rockefeller Center, with its iconic tree and ice skating rink. We found it in the hush of Pierpont Morgan's 1906 Library where the manuscript of A Christmas Carol, scribbled by Charles Dickens in 1843, is on display. And in a gorgeous old stationery store where dozens of shoppers appeared not to have gotten the memo that correspondence is passe. Then, as the afternoon began to fade, turning an unexpected corner on to the twinkling lights of Little Italy and an old bakery with a sign in the window: 'best cannolis in the city.' A taste of Christmas.

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