Archive for the ‘Christmas’ Tag

Christmas Colors in New Bridge’s Light Scheme

New bridge celebrates the holiday in red and green lights/EarthCam® construction camera

While it’s midnight in New York, Santa has been busy as Christmas began in other parts of the world. By 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon it was Christmas in Australia, and when December 25 ends in New Zealand gifts are being unwrapped (maybe) at 5:15 a.m. here in New York.

However, New Zealand celebrates Christmas in the middle of its summer. Snow cone fights, anyone? Merry Christmas!

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Santa’s Helpers decide to visit Christmas Day

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‘Twas the day after Christmas, quiet in the street, not a vehicle to be heard, not even a beep. Schools were closed, and offices and public transportation were on different schedules: these presented challenges for Santa’s helpers.

Nevertheless, they were determined to repeat the fun they had yesterday.

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Now rested after a long nap while their boss was visiting homes, they were bored and looking for something to do. While Santa slept after his busy night, a few helpers decided to go exploring.

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We don’t get to see what happens on Christmas Day, they said, and set out.

During their travels they saw many Christmas lights and Hanukkah menorahs, decorated homes and trees and neighborhoods. However, it was the first time they’d seen construction hats with colorful lights and took photos for the others back home.

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They knew people wore hats for safety while working on big projects and made a note to remind Santa about wearing his seat belt. Just then a lookout alerted the helpers he was waking up so they hastened back to the North Pole to start preparing for next year.

Hope you had a Merry Christmas and wishing you a joyous Hanukkah.

Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority at @NewNYBridge.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Linus, the Hudson Valley has a Great Pumpkin

Why not combine holidays since it was colder on October 31, 2015. Photo credit: WHUD

Why not combine holidays since it was colder on October 31, 2015. Photo credit: WHUD

The station’s logo is the bridge, which makes this a triple celebration since the bridge turned 60 last week. One of the DJs told me the logo was painted on the pumpkin for fall, and since the weather hadn’t gotten really cold yet, the resilient fruit — you thought it was a vegetable, didn’t you? so did I! — sailed past Halloween and Thanksgiving and looks good nearing Christmas and the New Year.

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas to all who celebrate.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

Countdown to Christmas: Overnight Lane Closures

Wondering what happened to winter? It’s here tomorrow night (the 21st), when December Solstice in New York starts at 11:49 p.m. Bring on those few extra minutes of daily daylight, and start the countdown to when we move the clocks ahead (March 13, 2016).

Mini-New NY Bridges are unique decorations for tree in the bridge builder's office/NNYB

Mini-New NY Bridges are unique decorations for tree in the bridge builder’s office/NNYB

If you’re driving home from work or doing last-minute shopping or going out, then note southbound lanes from Exit 12 to Exit 10 will close overnight this week:

Monday one left lane will close at 8 p.m., a second left lane will close at 9 p.m., and both will reopen Tuesday morning at 5 a.m.

Tuesday and Wednesday one right lane will close at 8 p.m., a second right lane will close at 9 p.m., and both will open the following days at 5 a.m.

Project press release with closings and other information is here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

Santa, Rudolph and the Tappan Zee Bridge Lights

SANTAsleighFrom this picture, it looks like Santa Claus was doing OK what with the moon and a clear above-the-clouds path. Of course, there are no clouds at the North Pole (are there?), and while I didn’t follow Santa’s path on NORAD, I’m sure many did.

From Tarrytown Marina 8 p.m.

From Tarrytown Marina 8 p.m.

The project’s progressed since the previous year. Because he’s been following the Outreach Team on his computer — and knows many of the kids in school are interested in engineering — Santa was curious to see the project for himself.

View from Westchester 8 p.m.

View from Westchester 8 p.m.

Let’s hope he didn’t dip below the clouds over Westchester and Rockland Counties at 8 p.m. last night because if he did, these pictures are what saw. The fog was so thick it blocked the bridge’s lights, the same ones that shone brightly when I drove to Nyack the weekend before last.

View from Rockland 8 p.m.

View from Rockland 8 p.m.

Thanks to help from the EarthCam® construction cameras placed in several locations around the project site — and, of course, to Rudolph — Santa safely navigated his way around the area before steering above the clouds again.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER

Today’s bright without fog, and while it there is no snow, the day is special. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, and even if you don’t know the name Burl Ives — or heard him sing about Rudolph — there are some of us (OK, me) who every now and then believe in magic and miracles.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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