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Top Three New Years Resolutions For 2015

Posted On: December 31, 2015

Top Three New Years Resolutions for 2015


 

 

At the dawn of every New Year, amidst the celebrations and the champagne, most of us look ahead towards the coming year.  We think to ourselves what will this New Year bring?  Will it be a good year? What can I do to make this year great, what can I do to make this year better?  Here are the top three most common resolutions people made in 2015.

 

The number 1 most common resolution has to do with health and fitness.  Over 65% of people that made resolutions made theirs with their health in mind.  Many made promises to go to the gym more often or to start going to the gym.  Many made promises to make healthier food choices and to start being more conscious of what they were eating.  Still others made vows to cut back on certain potentially harmful things like alcohol or smoking.  Some made resolutions to cut these substances out of their lives all together.

 

About 30% of people made resolutions promising to better their quality of life through various means.  People promised to spend more time with family and friends.  Many people wanted to learn a new hobby or to spend more time engaged in their current one.  Some made promises to get organized, and some wanted to make it a goal of theirs to read or travel more.

 

Finally a small percentage were committed to bettering themselves financially.  Some of this group wanted to spend less and save more.  Some wanted to make a point to ask their bosses for that long sought after raise or promotion.  Some vowed to find better jobs or too work more.

 

No matter what you promise yourself for the New Year make it a point to stick too your resolution.  It’s the best way to ensure that your New Year will be a great one!

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2015 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

 

 

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The Spirit Of The Season

Posted On: December 23, 2015

The Spirit of The Season


 

 

All year long we look forward to the Holidays.  No matter what holiday you celebrate the beginning of winter signals a time of celebration.  We spend time with our friends and family who we don’t get to see so often and we look anew at those that we see everyday.  We wrack our brans and our wallets trying to find that special gift for that special someone in a futile attempt to top last year’s home run.  The next time your out braving the traffic clogged streets try and remember what the season for giving is really all about.

 

Often times we get caught up in the mad rush of the holiday season.  Careening through over crowded shopping malls and blaring on your horns as we inch through congested streets.  We glare hatefully at the driver of the Ford Taurus who wouldn’t let us merge over, and we gesture wildly at the elderly couple that is taking too long to make their way across the parking lot.  We fight tooth and nail for the last Tickle Me Elmo, and we yell in triumph as we snatch the last Frozen Elsa doll from the weak hands of a 4 year old.  If you think I’m exaggerating a quick Google search of Black Friday will tell you that unfortunately I am not. 

 

I implore you to try and remember what the holidays are supposed to be about.  Peace on earth and goodwill towards men they say in the song.  Think of your family of course but try and think about the strangers that cross your path every day.  Think about those that may have less then you and may really be struggling this Holiday season.  The driver of the Taurus may be occupied trying to figure out how she’s going to buy that one toy for her little girl this Christmas and still pay the cable bill, she may not have even seen you trying to get over.  The old man and women might be taking so long to cross the street because she just got out of the hospital.   You never know what other people are going through, hopefully their lives are just fine but it never hurts to keep the spirit of the season and smile at that stranger taking too long at the cash register.  If we all extended each other the same courtesies and considerations imagine the world we would have.

 

So even though we look forward to the holidays all year long lets make sure we remember what they are really all about.  You will never know what’s going on in that stranger’s life but be the hand that helps instead of the hand that hurts.  Keep the spirit of the season and witness as the world changes around you.  Happy Holidays!

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2015 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

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10 Things To Do During The Winter Months In NYC

Posted On: December 09, 2015

10 Things To Do During The Winter Months In NYC


 

1)   The Radio City Christmas spectacular - The Radio City Christmas spectacular is a seasonal show that some say makes the holiday season. The show includes lots of singing and some fantastic dance numbers by the world-renowned New York City Rockettes. Many people make the pilgrimage to see the show every year, and it is one of the best ways to get the whole family in the holiday spirit.

 

2)   Ice Skating in Rockefeller Centre - The ice skating rink in Rockefeller Center was opened in 1936; ice-skating under the Christmas tree was instantly (and not surprisingly) a huge hit. People from all over gathered in Rockefeller Centre to ice skate with their loved ones. Today ice-skating in Rockefeller Centre is a family tradition for many, despite the long wait to get on the ice.

3)   Sak’s on Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Display- Every year Saks on Fifth Avenue puts on a short story, which is told through their beautiful and elaborate window displays. The whole story takes about 10-15 minutes to get through and it’s a cute holiday tradition to pass some time while you’re standing in the freezing cold.

4)   Rockefeller Centre’s Christmas Tree - Rockefeller Centre’s annual Christmas tree holds host to about 125 million visitors each year. This will be the 83rd annual lighting of the tree, this years tree, a 78 ft tall Norway Spruce from Gardiner NY, is approximately 80 years old and weighs about 20,000 lbs. The tree will be illuminated with 45,000 multicolored LED lights, which are attached to about 5 miles of wiring.

 

5)   Z100’s annual Jingle Ball - The Jingle Ball is a concert at Madison Square Garden that hosts some of the hottest names in the music industry. Every year’s lineup is different and it’s guaranteed to be a night full of holiday fun with all of your favorite artists.

 

6)   Santacon- Santacon is an annual pub-crawl in which people dress as Santa Claus, Elves, or reindeer to get into the spirit of the holidays. With all good clean fun intended it is truly a sight to behold, hundreds of Santas and elves stumbling through the streets of Manhattan.

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7)   New Year’s Eve Ball Drop - The dropping of the New Year’s Eve ball has been a time square tradition since 1907, slowly lowering an ornate ball to signify the passing of the old year into the new one. Since the annual traditions inception there have been 7 different styled balls. The amount of people is absolutely insane, on average about one million people gather in Time Square every year. It’s usually very cold and you have to get there hours before hand if you want a good spot in the crowd.

 

8)   St. Patrick’s Cathedral- The St. Patrick’s Cathedral was finished in 1878 but opened to the public in 1879. The cathedral is 137 years old and just underwent a three-year restoration, which started in 2012 and cost           $177 million to complete. The cathedral itself takes up an entire city block between 50 and 51st streets in Midtown, Manhattan. The Cathedral is open for viewing and is an absolute marvel to visit especially if one can appreciate the centuries old gothic style architecture.

 

9)   Bryant Park- Bryant Park is a small park in Manhattan between fifth and sixth avenues and between 40th and 42nd street in Midtown. Bryant Park is an excellent idea if its actually ice skating you are looking to do and not the novelty of skating under the tree at Rockefeller center. The lines won’t be nearly as long and the ice wont be nearly as crowded.  It’s even furnished with a smaller Christmas tree and some small craft shops if you are looking to do some last minute holiday shopping.

 

10) Horse and Carriage ride around Central Park- The horse and carriages have been running in NYC since 1858 when central park first became open to the public. Since then the Horse and Carriage rides have become a major holiday tradition.  There is nothing quite like a romantic ride through the park with your significant other to finish off a lovely evening in the city during the holiday season.

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2015 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

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The Lighting Of The Tree

Posted On: December 03, 2015

The Lighting Of The Tree


 

The lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center is a global acknowledge of the holiday season.   Not just recognized in New York, but the world over, the ceremonial lighting of the tree has been a Christmas tradition since 1933.  Originally started in 1931 when depression error workers decorated a 20-foot balsam fir tree with strings of cranberries and tin cans during the construction of the legendary Rockefeller Center it was not made an official tradition until 1933.  Today the tree is trimmed with 45,000 multicolored LED lights and topped by the 550-pound Swarovski Star, it is one of the most expensive and elaborate holiday decorations in the world.

 

Typically a Norway spruce measuring between 70-100 feet tall the trees are scouted and then craned into NYC late November and they remain up until early January.  This year the tree lighting will take place on December 2nd and the tree will remain up until January 6th.  The only thing to rival the process of bringing the tree in is the ceremony and festivities surrounding the actual lighting of the magnificent spruce.  Televised and broadcasted nationwide, the entire U.S.  can witness the lighting of the tree accompanied by stage shows and musical performances executed by some of the entertainment industries finest.  It is truly a sight to behold. 

 

An amazing and grand display, the Christmas tree lighting in Rockefeller Center is one of the great American traditions.  Witnessed by the entire nation and celebrated the world over it is a symbol that has lasted nearly a century, and it is a tradition unlike any other in the world!

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2015 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

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