New York, New York

‘I want to be a part of it, New York New York’, as Frank Sinatra’s quintessential lyrical tribute to the city goes. And who doesn’t? So it was a dream come true to be arranging our client’s Christmas party in festive Manhattan in December. Based around a street food theme, we had been tasked with arranging their London office’s party, and then replicate this a week later in the Big Apple for the New York office. A hastily arranged site visit in November ensured that we knew that we had secured the right venue and the best street food vendors in the city.
It was also my first visit to NYC – and immediately on arrival I was struck by how everything was identical to how it is portrayed on screen. I marvelled over the iconic night skyline as we drove in from Newark Airport, the NYPD, Times Square, Central Park and even the road signs!
On returning in December for the event, none of my excitement had diminished. Running around to pick up last minute suppliers (such as finding a Christmas tree to cover in edible decorations), we were really pleased with the result of our hard work. The event was a resounding success, with the street food stalls, ‘selfie’ photo area with props and candy bar all going down a storm, amongst other treats.
Extending my stay ensured that I was able to explore further, checking out a number of the New York’s iconic Christmas trees and ice rinks. A slightly surreal moment was seeing a marriage proposal on the ice at the rink at the Rockafeller Centre, complete with Mariah Carey blasting out and a skating Santa photographer – a scene straight out of a film!
Considering myself somewhat of a British cynic, I was surprised to leave New York genuinely caught up by the magic of this concrete jungle – the city where it does really seem like dreams can come true.

Sophie Sweetman

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