Macy’s Balloon Inflation: One of the very best things to do in NYC

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Amazing nite as always at the Macy’s Balloon Inflation – it gets more jampacked every year but I still recommend it to anyone visiting NYC over Thanksgiving. I much prefer this behind-the-scenes “for the people” preview vs. the actual parade.

This year I elected to come later in the evening (6:30pm vs. my usual 4pm) because I wanted to see the balloons in a more ready state. The crowds are way, way more intense but it’s also much more fun to see the balloons already inflated.

My favorites this year include:

  • Trixie the Dog (first flight this year)
  • Trolls (first flight this year – my pics do not do them justice)
  • Felix the Cat (copy of the original one – much smaller than today’s humongous balloons)

We also managed to grab dinner at the brand-new and very buzzy White Gold. Love it – one of the coolest restaurants on the UWS. It’s April Bloomfield’s new butcher shop/restaurant and it’s really good altho I was disappointed that neither of the items I had specifically wanted to try after reading about them, were actually on the menu i.e. the rotisserie chicken with Pio Pio-inspired green sauce or the housemade sausages. Nevertheless, definitely recommend but with several warnings: it’s pricey, has no liquor license and tons of strollers and raucous kids (it is the UWS!!).

And finally, big thrill for me:  we got to see former Mayor Bloomberg at the Balloon Inflation (with his grandchildren (?) and a full security detail getting a private tour – best mayor ever, totally miss him!).

Pictures from the balloon inflation below.

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this is where it’s happening

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my bestie, Sue Winkeler, is always a good sport about braving the crowds and getting this done

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Aflac Duck, Felix the Cat

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Hippo and Felix

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i LOVE Trixie

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Trixie

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Trixie

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Hello Kitty

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Thomas the Tank

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Thomas and Paddington Bear

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Tons of press and tons of security

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Trolls

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Trolls

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Angry Birds

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