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So you might think that holidays in the city are delightful and beautiful and magical. You would be completely correct.

However, you should also know that New Yorkers are simultaneously happier and angrier during the holidays.

Reasons we’re happy: holiday decorations, holiday drinks (PEPPERMINT MOCHA), holiday parties, the first light snowfall, and friends/family visitors.

Reasons we aren’t: all the other days of snow AND everyone in the world comes to the city conspiring to make us late to work.

It really is a magical time to be here, but it is so frustrating trying to get anywhere in the 45 minutes I’ve allotted for my commute for the other 8 months of the year. Now, the trains are more crowded and the streets are somehow worse. It’s probably because you expect everyone on a street to be moving forward (one foot in front of the other, a little quicker now), but that is not the case from November through January especially in midtown. Midtown houses Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and Bryant Park, and these can be the absolute worst because they are the most attractive to tourists.

Bryant Park is the least hectic of the midtown attractions, so it’s the only place I’ll stop to take pictures generally. There are shops and an ice rink already up in Bryant Park.