I knew exactly how he felt. My destination was 49th and 5th. I could have used a closer stop. He and I had a brief conversation about the wonders of NYC and how I never got tired of playing tourist here. I then left him to use the bathroom in the The Peninsula Hotel, on 55th and 5th. (I only pee in the best places.)
This is a picture of the Rockefeller Christmas tree being raised by a crane. I've seen it decorated and being decorated but this was the first time I actually got to see them raising it.
My friends and I don't remember American flags around the tree. I looked back at some old pictures and found this from 2008.