Peter and I made our way to the middle of Central Park on New Year's Eve to celebrate the arrival of 2013 with fireworks, a bottle of champagne, and two plastic cups.
We were not alone. We were joined by thousands of runners for the annual 4 mile Midnight Run. It was a pleasant evening to be in the park after dark - brisk, but not too cold.
The race's sponsor, Emerald Nuts, was handing out free nuts to the nuts, and there was dancing at the bandshell.
The naked trees looked down on the human spectacle.
and the Bethesda Terrace by night.
The fireworks commenced on the stroke of midnight when the runners took off. It was quite a show.
After the fireworks ended and the winners crossed the finish line, we strolled out of the park towards 5th Avenue to check out Bergdorf Goodman's holiday windows.
They were amazing!
Bergdorf's window dressers know how to put on an elegant show.
It seems the Jazz Age is back in style...
If these are the Roaring '10's, is there another big Crash on the horizon?
Zelda and F. Scott weren't frolicing in the fountain in front of the Plaza. Things just aren't the same since they closed the Oak Room and the hotel went condo.
Peter was taken with the mini Bergdorf's.
I was intrigued by the debut of the reticent shoe.
Someone was ready for her close-up, Mr. DeMille.
That was one classy clutch.
57th and 5th:
Then we hopped the R train back to modest Astoria where a diminutive Santa held forth on 46th Street near Newtown Road.
A mere mile or two from the Midtown, but light years away... a Sponge Bob Santa was hanging out in a side yard.
with Elmo and some candy canes.
On New Year's Day we celebrated the arrival of 2013 with Peter's traditional New Years Day meal of black-eyed peas for good luck, collard greens for money, and the ham for plain ole' good eatin'.
Mmmmm. A delicious start to the New Year.
Good luck and much prosperity in 2013!