It was not nearly as busy up around Rockefeller this morning but there were still a good number of people around. The police vans had all gone. After a quick breakfast we walked along to St Thomas' church for the Christmas morning service. It is a huge church and it was full - even the overflow chapel. It was a very high church service - with the smoking ball, the gold robes, boys & mens choirs & chanting. I have never seen all that in an Anglican Church before.
The service finished about 12.30pm so we caught the train to Chinatown. Robyn had googled a potential restaurant for lunch but when we got there, we found it was closed for a church function. We went into another restaurant 2 doors down & got a number. I think we waited about 45mins before we were called. We had to share a table with 2 other groups but that was ok - everyone just did their own thing. It was yum cha but they didn't have as many options as we have at home. We liked everything we got.
After lunch we wanted to make a few undercover purchases & it didn't take long before someone whispered ' handbags or watches' so we followed a lady around the corner where people appeared with bags of jewellery. Robyn wanted a particular Rolex watch so she showed the man a picture and he came back with it in a couple of minutes.
We continued down to the next corner & found ourselves on Mulberry St at the edge of Little Italy. We could almost smell the world's most delicious cheese cone cannolis from there! Of course we had to go down and get one.
We went back to the hotel briefly before heading to Times Square to the BB King Club to see the Harlem Gospel Choir. I thought there would be more of them but it was only 4 women & 3 men. It was a real feel good concert. They did gospel songs, Christmas songs and a couple of other popular songs. They had the whole crowd on their feet singing along. It was the perfect way to finish Christmas Day.