New York is Getting Decked Out for the Holidays


As much as I dislike shivering from head to toe on my way to the subway, Thanksgiving to New Years is probably my favorite time of year in NYC.  This may have something to do with the endless amounts of twinkle lights…or that my first childhood visit to the Big Apple was during the month of December to see the Rockettes perform their Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

I’ll never forget walking the streets of NYC with my mom and 3 younger siblings, and my mom stopping to ask someone where the Empire State Building was.  Response:  ”Lady, look up.  You’re standing right in front of it.”  Ever since that day I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for this city…especially when it twinkles.  Don’t forget to look up, New Yorkers.

{The Plaza is decked out for the holidays}

{Food vendors string twinkle lights on their carts}

{My favorite diner meal ever…grilled cheese, french fries, and cherry coke at Tom’s Diner from Seinfeld}

{Gillman is the best laundry helper ever}

{Brigitte NaHoN’s gallery opening at FIAF}




Jessica Tiare Bowen
Jessica Tiare Bowen lives in the juicy Big Apple with her adorable pink-nosed chihuahua, Gillman. He's the inspiration for her first published children's book, "Park Avenue Pound Puppy." The book is the combined result of her two greatest passions: pooches and penning stories.

Her passions include art, urban hikes through Manhattan, drinking coffee with 3 creams and 6 sugars, making extremely detailed itineraries and traveling to far away places, singing along to Broadway shows, Netflix movie nights, discovering incredible treasures at Goodwill and thrift stores, and listening to stories from little people under 7 and big people over 70.

She started her career as New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching elementary school and theater arts at a special education school in the South Bronx for 6 years. She is now a Special Education School Improvement Specialist working in public schools throughout New York City. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the online New York City travel magazine, Used York City. The magazine focuses on finding the best of New used by New Yorkers. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and an ASPCA Ambassador.
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