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Month: November 2016 (page 1 of 2)

Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade in New York

When you think of crowd-lined parades full of huge balloon cartoon characters floating down the street, one event that springs to mind is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York. It starts level with Central Park up at 75th Street, continues down 6th Avenue, before finishing outside the Macy’s departure store on 34th Street.

The start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in 2014

The start of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in 2014

There are numerous hints and tips to get the best spectator spots, none of which I adhered to, so I ended up  standing with everybody else at the top of 6th Avenue level with 56th Street. Many rows of people in front of me looked like they’d camped out for hours in advance, commandeering barrier space and spreading out their folding chairs, close enough that nobody could sneak through any gaps but sufficiently far apart so that they took up as much space for their family as possible. Continue reading

On a protest march up to Trump Tower

Last week I was in New York, had the Saturday free, and it was a lovely sunny day and so I decided to join the ‘Not my President’ march from Union Square up to Trump Tower. What was it like? And how was it different to the UK’s Brexit match in Hyde Park over the Summer?

I'm so angry I made a sign -

I’m so angry I made a sign –

So the result of the US presidential election was announced in the early hours of Wednesday morning and that very evening there was a march up to Trump Tower. An obvious end point. On Friday there was one too, probably one in-between on the Thursday too, but I went to the one march on the Saturday at noon, the day before I left to fly back to the UK. Continue reading

US election night in Times Square

The US election results: I didn’t stay up for the “Brexit” vote in my own country but couldn’t resist attempting to try to stay up in NYC having landed just a few hours earlier! So after dumping my suitcase in the hotel room I headed straight out to Times Square to see what was going on!

First reaction? Screens everywhere of course, but this time most showed polls result, voting maps, scrolling “News Alerts”, together with PR mugshots of Clinton and Trump! One showed a bar chart with the magical figure ‘270’, the target for the potential winner. That target seemed a long way off at 8pm.

Times Square's big screens

Times Square’s big screens

Having scoped out both ends of Times Square, ABC News not doing much on a raised stand at one end and the famous red steps at the other, I settled somewhere in the middle in front of the Jumbotron screen underneath the Marriott Marquis hotel. The atmosphere was cheery and good-natured with more locals than tourists it seemed, many using the square’s red fold-up chairs and facing them all in the direction of that big screen. Apparently Clinton was at the nearby Javed conference center and Trump in one of New York’s larger Hilton hotels to accommodate his large contingent. Either way Times Square felt like the place to be! Continue reading

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