Holiday Cheer Along The Harlem Meer

The Harlem Meer all lit up for the holidays.

The Harlem Meer all lit up for the holidays. Photo: Craig Nelson

Everyone knows about the charms of Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall at Christmas time, especially the famous spruce that attracts millions of onlookers. But did you know New York City is also home to a “floating” Christmas tree? Not many people make it up to the north section of Central Park, but if you venture to the Harlem Meer  after the sun goes down, you’ll find a festive holiday landscape without the crowds. In early December the park strings up lights on the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center and decorates a tree to place it out in the middle of the water. It’s actually multiple trees (17 to be exact) tied together to give it a heftier effect. If the temperatures aren’t too cold, there are plenty of benches to relax on. It all makes for a lovely scene that feels so peaceful, it’s hard to believe you’re in the middle of the city with Fifth Avenue and 110th Street just a few feet away!

The floating tree reflecting off the meer. Photo: Craig Nelson

The floating tree reflecting off the meer. Photo: Craig Nelson

The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center. Photo: Craig Nelson

The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center. Photo: Craig Nelson

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Another peaceful evening in December along the Harlem Meer. Photo: Craig Nelson

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About Craig Nelson

Exploring, cooking, drinking, riding the subway, bowling...a writer and editor based in New York. I'm a city lover who edits the blog for EuroCheapo, writes for NewYork.com, tweets for NFT, explores for Spotted By Locals and has worked at various small companies like Google (for a gig at Zagat and Google Maps). In my free time, I like to create projects like this: Chinatown Chow Down NYC. Feel free to drop a line at across106thstreet@gmail.com or on twitter at @across106th.
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One Response to Holiday Cheer Along The Harlem Meer

  1. Pingback: Drifting in Daylight: A Magical Moment along the Harlem Meer | across106thstreet

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