Rockefeller Center -Tree Lighting Ceremony 2012

Christmas in New York City

Hello world,

This is the first in a series of posts on the best places to visit and the special holiday events in New York City during the holidays and winter. Trust that you will not miss one post especially if you are planning a trip to New York. Tonight at 7pm the world’s most famous Christmas Tree will be lit at the Rockefeller Center in New York City. If yo are from out of state, please get there early so you can get a good spot. As expected, there is always a huge crowd.

Rockefeller Center is famous for many things New York. At the very top of the building you have Top of the Rock where yo get the most magnificent view of New York city. Inside Rockefeller Center there is also the famous NBC Studios (a daily tour is available) and several shops and restaurants. Of course, there is also the skating rink and not far away some really great stores.

Getting to Rockefeller Center is very simple if you take the subway. If you can get to Times Square you can walk over or you can take the B,D, and F trains to 47th Street Rockefeller Center. If you cannot make it tonight to the ceremony, the tree will be there until about January 7th or so. Try to get your picture before it starts drying up. If you follow me on Twitter you will see a photo by Friday the latest.
If you cannot attend – then watch it live on NBC – Channel 4.

Tomorrow I will write about Bryant Park, another must visit attraction when visiting New York at any time but especially in the winter.

Sandy Visits Brooklyn, New York

Hello world,

Thank God the worst is over. Now we are in recovery and rebuilding mode. The Mayor of New York City has just announced that the death toll from Sandy now stands at 42 people. The New York City Marathon is off and the Nets Basketball game is on in Brooklyn tonight. Subways are up and running at least in Manhattan and some of the outer boroughs. The L train is still not running into Manhattan due to flooding of the 14th street tunnel. The MTA is working on it so we hope by Monday the L will be running. Check back here to find out.

Remember that Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends tonight so many people will get back the hour sleep they lost this week. Turn your clock back one hour before going to bed. If you are using candles- put them out before going to bed. If you are in Queens and cannot get gas, go to the Queens Armory in Jamaica, NY (168th Street). The National Guard is there and you will get gas. Some parts of the city are still without power so if you are coming to New York be reminded of that and be safe. Most NYC public schools will re-open on Monday for the over 1 million students. A few schools were damaged so please check with the city of New York’s website (

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Jason Kidd and the New York Knicks

The Kidd and the Knicks- great combination. I don’t see the Miami Heat repeating.
I met Jason Kidd in person a few years ago at an event in Brooklyn and he is the nicest person you would ever want to meet. At that time he played for the New Jersey Nets. Now he is coming to help Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks, only people who are not basketball savvy is mad about this. I think the New York Knicks are looking great now and can challenge for the conference championship. Jason Kidd takes the team up a whole level and I really want to welcome him to New York. You are heading into the right direction.

Is Linsanity Over


Up to Thursday, February 23, 2012, it could be said that the entire world was stricken with linsanity. It seemed that Jeremy Lin could do no wrong and so the New York Knicks to the Linsanity show to South Beach.  Big mistake.  They should have taken their talents to South Beach.

The Miami Heatles were eagerly waiting to throw some South Beach water on the Linsanity and that was what they did.  No one prepared Jeremy Lin for this and the youngster was charmed by Charmers.  Of course, as typical human beings the first sign of trouble they jump off the band wagon.  No Jeremy Lin is made to look totally out of his element on national television.

Never mind, Jeremy.  You are a good point guard.  What the Heat taught you was invaluable and you will not learn it from anywhere else.  Do not lose your confidence because you will be rewarded.  The same way you did not give up and kept showing up time after time until it was recognized that you can play with the best of them, and it paid off for you, it’s the same way you will get over this.

Just understand that basketball is as much physical and skills as it is mental and skills.  The other players were just sick and tired of hearing about this Linsanity.  Kobe had no idea who you were until you drop 38 on him.  Dallas came in and thought you were a push over and you took Jason Kidd down memory lane and you gave your team a win.  Now the word is out that you are good, so expect people to come at you.  In life, nobody pays attention to you if you are not making an impact.  Everybody writes you off until you prove them wrong.

We can all learn from Jeremy and he can learn from the linsanity that surrounded him.  Understand that when the enemy rears its ugly head – it’s because it is has heard your name.  Don’t let the circumstances of life beat you down because of one failure. Get back up, hold up your head and keep moving forward. If the linsanity is over then the news, sports reporters, business, politicians and others will have nothing to do.  For that reason the linsanity must go on.  Just the presence of Jeremy Lin at the NBA 2012 All Star game this weekend will be good for all. On Wednesday, the New York Knicks and Jeremy return to the Garden that is, Madison Square Garden, and we shall see what we shall see.


From Obscurity to Lin-Sanity- Checkmate

The House That Jeremy Lin Built

Jeremy Lin has certainly brought the magic back to New York Knicks basketball and Madison Square Garden. It is awesome! What an amazing boost for the NBA and sports, and also New York City. Even President Obama commented on it this morning. Tonight is going to be sheer pandemonium at the Garden. Madison Square Garden will soon be known as the house that Lin built. If you are just a casual sports fan you will love what is happening to Jeremy Lin and what is now called linsanity.

Linsanity Is The New Sanity

The good news is that the New York Knicks now have a real point guard. That is why there is no need to worry about Carmelo Anthony or Amare. Everyone will be just fine. The New York Knicks can look and see how Miami Heat big three are playing together and realize that they just need to do the same. The Knicks were lacking a point guard- end of story. Some people think Melo and Amare cannot be on the floor together and that is just because they did not have a point guard. The Knicks now have a good problem- more than enough people to play. Thanks to Lin from Harvard.

Jeremy Lin -Checkmate

Mike D’Antoni must be congratulated for this turn around. Good thing he is the type of coach who does not mind going down the line on the bench. What if D’Antoni did not try something new? Lin would still be sitting on the bench and no one would ever know what he could do. There is a greater lesson here, and that is, you must be prepared when the opportunity comes. Opportunity only shakes hand with the prepared.
Jeremy Lin was prepared. The other lesson to learn from Jeremy Lin is that you should never be upset with people who do not know your value. Don’t fight with them, don’t fuss with them, just stay ready and if you live long enough your time will come. Two teams did not recognize his value and worth, but one did. Also, Jeremy Lin was going to be cut withing two days so he had a small window of time to make an impact and he did. Learn the lesson from Jeremy Lin. Be prepared. Be ready. Do not give up. Your time will surely come. Enjoy the Lin-sanity while it lasts. It is great!