The Metropolitan Transit Authority was handing out pens, rulers and little passport-style coloring books for children on Tuesday at Grand Central Terminal. Beside the iconic clock, a news conference was taking place. We spotted NBC 4 New York transportation reporter Andrew Siff asking a question as officials explained that the MTA was ready to take on the challenge of the revelers who’ll descend on the city tonight to watch the balloons being prepared on the Upper West Side for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tomorrow.
On Tuesday, scheduled performers took in the sights, with Spirit of America dancers and cheerleaders in signature red jackets seen shopping on 57th Street. While some retailers are waiting to savor Thanksgiving before getting in the Christmas spirit – we see you, new Nordstrom, over on 57th and Broadway – the rest of the Big Apple is in full-on holiday mode.
Of course, The Russian Tea Room, a jewel box of a restaurant with its red banquettes and green, art-covered walls, always seems set for the holidays. But the tea room – where we stopped to have its delicious version of a Waldorf salad (grilled chicken, honey mustard dressing) and rooibos chai while doing a little WAG writing between interviews – had its Christmas tree poised to greet patrons.
Over on Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman’s famed windows include a rather furry Nutcracker that caught the fancy of passersby. But nothing could top Saks, with its windows of Elsa, Anna and the rest of the gang from “Frozen 2.”
Whatever you do, wherever you travel, know that we at WAG wish you the best Thanksgiving ever.
And, as always, thank you for taking this journey with us.
– Georgette Gouveia