New York Christmas: Ho-ho-ho at Gothamtide

New York Christmas: Ho-ho-ho at Gothamtide Sibyl McCormac Groff, The Spirited New Yorker, is an experienced and highly acclaimed licensed NYC tour guide famed for coining the word “Gothamtide.”
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Sibyl McCormac Groff, The Spirited New Yorker, is a highly acclaimed licensed New York City cultural historian whose expertise includes the architecture, artwork and history of Rockefeller Center, midtown Manhattan and New York City. Sibyl has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Mike Taibbi for her expertise on Rockefeller Center and Christmas. Awarded the Presidential Award of the Victorian Society of America, she has published several books on the preservation of historic buildings.

Hohoho! From the Lady in Red. Have you found gifts for your little ones? Paddington Bear is one of my favorites and alon...
12/15/2018

Hohoho! From the Lady in Red. Have you found gifts for your little ones? Paddington Bear is one of my favorites and along with Eloise. Say hello to them in The Plaza Hotel

Why Is New York City Called 'Gotham'?
01/08/2018
Why Is New York City Called 'Gotham'?

Why Is New York City Called 'Gotham'?

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Ho-ho-ho! It was a book signing frenzy! Had a lovely time sharing the festive season and speaking about #Gothamtide to t...
12/20/2017

Ho-ho-ho! It was a book signing frenzy! Had a lovely time sharing the festive season and speaking about #Gothamtide to the Victorian Society New York - There's still time to have your copy gift delivered in time for Christmas gift giving on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2Bw6z61! The perfect stocking stuffer: “A New York Christmas: Ho-Ho-Ho at Gothamtide!”

Ho-ho-ho! It was a book signing frenzy! Had a lovely time sharing the festive season and speaking about #Gothamtide to the Victorian Society New York - There's still time to have your copy gift delivered in time for Christmas gift giving on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2Bw6z61! The perfect stocking stuffer: “A New York Christmas: Ho-Ho-Ho at Gothamtide!”

Ho-ho-ho! Featured in this Sunday's New York Times! Thanks @coreykilgannon! There's still time to have your copy gift de...
12/18/2017
The ‘Christmas Freak’ of Fifth Avenue

Ho-ho-ho! Featured in this Sunday's New York Times! Thanks @coreykilgannon! There's still time to have your copy gift delivered in time for Christmas gift giving on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2Bw6z61! The perfect stocking stuffer: “A New York Christmas: Ho-Ho-Ho at Gothamtide!”

Sibyl McCormac Groff is a self-directed tour guide of a holiday experience she calls Gothamtide.

11/22/2017
It's a Wonderful Flight

- from Paddington bear's relatives who are coming to Gotham to share in the festivities and see the 85th Rockefeller Center Tree and festive stores with Paddington's american aunt - me - The Lady in Red!!!

Take a trip through time with this very festive love story #HeathrowBears

11/22/2017
It's a Wonderful Flight

It's a Wonderful Flight

Take a trip through time with this very festive love story #HeathrowBears

It's Here! Rockefeller Tree Arrives in NYC
11/12/2017
It's Here! Rockefeller Tree Arrives in NYC

It's Here! Rockefeller Tree Arrives in NYC

Grab a cup of hot cider and dust off the Christmas cheer, one of the first signs of the holiday season made its gigantic entrance into New York City on Saturday.

Welcome gothamtide and the 85th rockefeller 🌲 with jimmy who climbs up and anchors the tree! See hohoho book (http://amz...
11/11/2017

Welcome gothamtide and the 85th rockefeller 🌲 with jimmy who climbs up and anchors the tree! See hohoho book (http://amzn.to/2A2T78K) for more and nbc at 6 and 11 pm! Hohoho!

Queen Santa gave tours on Saturday for Open House New York at the AT&T Long Distance Building Lobby, 32 Avenue of the Am...
11/06/2017

Queen Santa gave tours on Saturday for Open House New York at the AT&T Long Distance Building Lobby, 32 Avenue of the Americas (Architect: Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker, 1930)

"Hildreth Meière was commissioned by Voorhees, Gmelin & Walker to design a ceiling mural depicting the “Continents Linked by the Telephone and Wireless” as a reflection of the purpose of the building. Using her imaginative Art Deco style, Meière rendered allegorical personifications of Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia connected by telephone and telegraph wires to each other and to the female messengers depicted in the center of the ceiling. Meière also designed the wall map near the Sixth Avenue entrance using building tile. In 1991, the lobby was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission."

Ocean spray cranberry has created an autumnal delight at 30 rock thru 2 November but worth a visit!  Guess what arrives ...
11/02/2017

Ocean spray cranberry has created an autumnal delight at 30 rock thru 2 November but worth a visit!
Guess what arrives on the 11th hohoho!
As does american girl at 75 rockefeller plaza! 🤶

A hallowed Halloween leads to the beginning of Gothamtide!  The Lady in Red looks forward to making your Christmas more ...
10/29/2017

A hallowed Halloween leads to the beginning of Gothamtide!
The Lady in Red looks forward to making your Christmas more festive. Fifth Avenue is coming alive with decorations - the first being Saks Fifth Avenue which I noted on October 20th from autumnal Rockefeller Center. Here's to more hohohos! Queen Santa

Sales are brisk, ho ho ho! What a great book launch for Sibyl McCormac Groff's "A New York Christmas: Ho-Ho-Ho at Gotham...
12/17/2016

Sales are brisk, ho ho ho! What a great book launch for Sibyl McCormac Groff's "A New York Christmas: Ho-Ho-Ho at Gothamtide! Paperback" http://amzn.to/2gqILs6
Available at Amazon now! (Photo credit: Hilly Dunn)

Live camels are used for the nativity scene at Radio City Music Hall “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” -- and have been...
12/12/2016

Live camels are used for the nativity scene at Radio City Music Hall “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” -- and have been known to occasionally improv with the orchestra!

Read more in Sibyl McCormac Groff's"A New York Christmas: Ho-Ho-Ho at Gothamtide! Paperback" http://amzn.to/2gqILs6
Available at Amazon now!

Did you know that social reformer Jacob Riis was responsible for the first public Christmas tree? "Knowing that many cou...
12/09/2016

Did you know that social reformer Jacob Riis was responsible for the first public Christmas tree? "Knowing that many could not
afford a Christmas tree, Riis also helped put up the first public tree in Madison Square Park in 1912, starting the worldwide tradition of public holiday trees and caroling."

Read more in Sibyl McCormac Groff's"A New York Christmas: Ho-Ho-Ho at Gothamtide! Paperback" http://amzn.to/2gqILs6
Available at Amazon now!

“Prometheus” is one of the most celebrated sculpturesat Rockefeller Center but did you know that the distinctive sculptu...
12/07/2016

“Prometheus” is one of the most celebrated sculptures
at Rockefeller Center but did you know that the distinctive sculpture by Paul Manship is reputed to be the most important sculpture in New York City after the Statue of Liberty

Read more in Sibyl McCormac Groff's"A New York Christmas: Ho-Ho-Ho at Gothamtide! Paperback" http://amzn.to/2gqILs6
Available at Amazon now!

Have you ever been on one of Sibyl's Gothamtide tours? Ho-ho-ho, check out the times at www.nychristmas.comRead more in ...
12/05/2016

Have you ever been on one of Sibyl's Gothamtide tours? Ho-ho-ho, check out the times at www.nychristmas.com

Read more in Sibyl McCormac Groff's"A New York Christmas: Ho-Ho-Ho at Gothamtide! Paperback" http://amzn.to/2gqILs6
Available at Amazon now!

Did you know that the renowned social reformer Jacob Riis also wrote numerous Christmas books and articles to promote gi...
12/02/2016

Did you know that the renowned social reformer Jacob Riis also wrote numerous Christmas books and articles to promote giving and charity?

“Nibsy’s Christmas,” published in 1893 graphically depicted the spirit of Christmas among the struggling residents of the Lower East Side tenements. Nibsy and other poor, young news carriers used their hard-earned money to buy presents for their friends and families. Many of Riis’s meaningful Christmas writings are published in “Christmas Stories “ (Macmillan, 1923).

Read more in Sibyl McCormac Groff's"A New York Christmas: Ho-Ho-Ho at Gothamtide! Paperback" http://amzn.to/2gqILs6
Available at Amazon now!

"In 1819–1820 Washington Irving wrote another highly successful volume, “The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.” Roma...
11/30/2016

"In 1819–1820 Washington Irving wrote another highly successful volume, “The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.” Romantically describing an old-fashioned Christmas in an apocryphal English country house called Bracebridge Hall, Irving waxed on about the family coming home to celebrate Christmas by attending church, feasting, playing games, dancing and spreading goodwill to the community."

Read more in Sibyl McCormac Groff's"A New York Christmas: Ho-Ho-Ho at Gothamtide! Paperback" http://amzn.to/2gqILs6
Available at Amazon now!

"Did you know that Christmas was not a legal holiday until 1870 when Congress finally passed the legislation? If you are...
11/28/2016

"Did you know that Christmas was not a legal holiday until 1870 when Congress finally passed the legislation? If you are from Alabama, be proud that your state was the first to make Christmas a legal holiday in 1836. New York did not until 1849."

Read more in Sibyl McCormac Groff's definitive NYC Christmas book: "A New York Christmas: Ho-Ho-Ho at Gothamtide! Paperback" http://amzn.to/2gqILs6

"New York City is the Christmas capital of the U.S. because it was the original site of so many Christmas happenings, wh...
11/26/2016

"New York City is the Christmas capital of the U.S. because it was the original site of so many Christmas happenings, which led to its becoming the most important holiday of the year by the end of the 19th century."

Read more in Sibyl's definitive NYC Christmas book: "A New York Christmas: Ho-Ho-Ho at Gothamtide!" available at Amazon: http://amzn.to/2gqILs6

The Spirited New Yorker Sibyl McCormac Groff has published her definitive NYC holiday book: "A New York Christmas: Ho-Ho...
11/26/2016

The Spirited New Yorker Sibyl McCormac Groff has published her definitive NYC holiday book: "A New York Christmas: Ho-Ho-Ho at Gothamtide! Paperback" http://amzn.to/2gqILs6

Sibyl is an experienced and highly acclaimed licensed New York City tour guide whose expertise includes the architecture, artwork and history of Rockefeller Center, midtown Manhattan and New York City.

Sibyl is famed for coining the word “Gothamtide” to describe the secular and universal holiday traditions that have historically been associated with New York City. She leads the Christmas Holiday Walking Tour for NYCVP from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve.

Sibyl has been featured on Brian Williams and NBC Nightly News with Mike Taibbi for her expertise on Rockefeller Center and Christmas; she has been awarded the Presidential Award of the Victorian Society of America; she has published several books on the preservation of historic buildings, and has two yet-to-be-published manuscripts on Christmas in New York City.

New York Christmas: Ho-ho-ho at Gothamtide's cover photo
11/26/2016

New York Christmas: Ho-ho-ho at Gothamtide's cover photo

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