It's not the holidays without a visit to Union Square in NYC. It's one of my favorite places in the city - during any season. My favorite thing in the summer is a Mr. Softee truck on almost every corner surrounding the square. I've counted as many as seven trucks at one time.
But during October and November, Union Square comes alive. It starts in October with pumpkins and fall colors popping up all over. And in November, it turns red with all the Christmas stuff.
There is always a green market and in November, that is joined by a holiday craft bazaar, with the best hot chocolate. Mix that with chess players, Hare Krishnas, a fortune teller or two, art on the sidewalks and some odd protest or two and it's all a perfect mix.