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Thursday, October 29, 2020




The Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center in NYC, are beautiful no matter the season. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


I almost forgot that I had an appointment in the city yesterday morning.
It was on my calendar, but for some reason I had a mental block against it.
You might say that I was in a fog.
Fortunately, I remembered the night before,
and set three alarms to make sure that I got myself out of bed.
I woke up to a rainy and foggy day. 
It's never fun walking around in New York when it's raining, 
but it's downright miserable when I can't hang out in a coffee shop, 
or pop into a store to kill time before my appointment,
because of my own personal restrictions  due to the pandemic.
Fortunately, by the time I arrived, there was only a light drizzle,
which allowed me to pull out my camera, and walk around midtown for a bit.

Directly across from St. Patrick's Cathedral
Atlas holds up the heavens on his shoulders.

Last fall, I wanted to go to the Observation Deck, but kept putting it off.
If only I knew then that a pandemic would put that visit on hold for a very long time.

NBC Studios at Rockefeller Center, NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center are decked out in fall splendor,
seemingly oblivious to Covid-19.

The Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center in NYC, are beautiful no matter the season. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


The Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center in NYC, are beautiful no matter the season. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center in NYC, are beautiful no matter the season. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes 
Saks Fifth Avenue (seen above-center, and below) has its Christmas outfit on, 
ready and waiting for holiday sightseers.
Saks Fifth Avenue is a must-see holiday site in New York City. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 FAO Schwartz, the toy store renowned the world over,
is stocked and waiting for shoppers.

FAO Schwartz, in Rockefeller Center, NYC, is one of the most famous toy stores in the world. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I'm happy to report that there was a little more life in midtown
than the last time I was there back in July .
It was pretty empty, as most businesses based there
continue to have their employees working from home. 
(For those who are unfamiliar with the city's neighborhoods,
midtown is primarily a commercial district, not a residential area).
Rockefeller Center was still deserted, but then again,
it was raining.
Clearly, midtown Manhattan has not recovered yet.
New York City as a whole has a long way to go.
Contrary to reports that Manhattan is a ghost town,
or besieged with  violence,
well, it's just  hogwash
(and on this particular day, fogwash).
I  assure you, the Big Apple is alive and well.
On recent trips to the Upper East and West Sides,
which are primarily residential areas,
neighborhoods were bustling - looking almost normal.......
 with kids going to school, and plenty of folks enjoying outdoor dining 
(myself included), biking, running, walking, and shopping.

 And almost everyone was wearing a mask.........
even Atlas.

Atlas at Rockefeller Center is one of the most photographed sites in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 Back on the Jersey side of the Hudson River,
the George Washington Bridge,  enshrouded in fog,
was a photo opportunity too irresistible to pass up.

George Washington Bridge | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Apologies to bloggers I haven't visited lately.
I'll be by soon.
And hopefully, it won't be another month until my next blog post.
Stay well.....And VOTE!






  1. What gorgeous pics. Glad you are seeing more people moving about in the city. You captured some great pictures. Happy Friday. Have a great weekend. xoxo Kris

  2. What beautiful pictures! Glad to hear the reports are hogwash.

  3. Such beautiful pics. Glad that NYC is still alive and happening.

  4. Brilliant banner across the top of your page! I do love your NYC photos and never more than in the fall and December. The buildings are architectural gems! And the fog is fabulous, you captured it so well. I hope you get back to the city for a December snowfall for more pictures--not a blizzard, just a Hallmark movie snowfall.

  5. I always love to see current pics of NYC. Still planning on visiting again as tour guides for friends...a trip cancelled for Covid, what else? Your pictures make it all look so inviting.

  6. I have missed your posts of NY, I know how disheartening it can be...we have just shut down much of Illinois again, due to the increased cases. Yet, out in the burbs, people wear their masks are civilized and respectful in shopping areas. I haven't seen anyone meltdown---but I venture out only on the slowest possible times. Rockefeller center was gorgeous...I'm sure many people would cluster around those planters and sit, and wisely the decor prevents that! Hugs, and venture out your back door and take a few pics...we miss you! Sandi

  7. It's nice that you made a trip into the city but too bad it was raining. I haven't been in the city since the beginning of Covid. I hope to visit there again soon. Rockefeller Center looks so festive for fall and I enjoyed looking at the photos.

  8. Well, you had me at three alarms on your clock, and then the word drat! Was that from Charlie Brown? I remember using it long ago.

    Your photos are eerie but definitely our reality. Thankfully none of your major Manhattan stores are closed. It's beyond sad that iconic stores in Chicago are boarded up right now for protesters and violent riots this weekend and election day. Macy's (the old Marshall Field's, Bloomingdales, and the rest. They have suffered the brunt of broken windows and theft. Even in my neighborhood, just blocks away, we've had these violent protests where stores like Walmart, Sam's Club, Target, and Home Depot are already boarded up. We try not to go near this area but it's just six blocks away on a Main Street.

    How can we survive if this election ends with us in the same situation? I get sick thinking about it. I know we aren't the only ones wondering what borders are closed and if we can risk flying.

    Sending love, Amy.

    Jane ❤️

  9. I'm so glad that the Big Apple is coming back to life. The color is lovely and so are the photos, if a bit odd without the crowds. Still, coming back. we're experiencing another surge here. I'm not going anywhere!

  10. I always look forward to your posts! Thanks for the beautiful pics. We'll be taking a cruise next September sailing out of New York. We'll be arriving a day early. Any suggestions what we shoul visit? My email is Thankyou!!!

  11. I haven't been to New York since February. My husband works in Midtown and has been home since mid March. It was nice to see a little familiar Midtown in your pictures. I hate being out in the rain. Running errands in the rain is my most hated thing to do.

  12. Beautiful pictures Amy! I sure hope we can return to visit NYC one of these days ... Atlas has an extra heavy load on his shoulders these days! Take care and stay safe.

  13. Lovely to see all of your photographs Amy.
    Stay safe and well.

    All the best Jan


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