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Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray were excited to open their doors in the spirit of the season for the Gracie Mansion Conservancy Family & Community Holiday Open House.

New York City families and residents were invited to visit Gracie Mansion to learn about the history, view the “New York 1942” art installation, and see the Mansion dressed for the holidays.

A new exhibit, New York 1942 is the second in a series of installations and includes artwork, documents and objects focused on 1942, the year Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia moved to Gracie Mansion.

We loved the Christmas trees filled with hand cut paper ‘people’, and another that was made entirely out of books in the book room! The gingerbread version of the mansion (and free cookies and hot apple cider) wasn’t too shabby either.  My favorite however are the cityscapes cut from black paper and put on the mantel pieces of all the fireplaces.

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When we were young, my brothers and I would’ve gone bananas to know there was a brightly lit house that we could tour ON THE INSIDE as well as view the outside. This crazy house in Torrington Connecticut (see their facebook page here) is definitely worth a visit. In fact I’d venture to guess it may become a national treasure some day. Not only is the exterior ablaze with Christmas love, but inside we toured 3 floors stuffed full of mechanical dolls, trains, and other holiday paraphernalia. The sign at the entrance isn’t lying – there are over 500 mechanical dolls in there (and notice that the number on the sign seems to change). We did manage to find at least one (maybe 2) menorahs in the windows. If you go 2 days after Christmas as we did, there won’t be any crowds. At least, not of people – we did still feel very crowded by dolls!

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mechanical carolers as far as the eye can see..

mechanical carolers as far as the eye can see..

a ceiling Santa overlooks a room of trains and snow village

a ceiling Santa overlooks a room of trains and snow village

the full moon is barely visible amidst the lights at the exit

the full moon is barely visible amidst the lights at the exit

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Our friend Ina took these last Thursday – from a great vantage point! Have a great weekend.

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photos by Ina Seow

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