I love New York City, I really do. One of the great parts about growing up and living in New Jersey is that one of the most dynamic cities in the world is a simple, short train ride away.

That being said, I don't think you could pay me to spend much time around Midtown Manhattan in December after yesterday.

Those of us who have spent a good amount of time in  NYC know where the touristy areas are and how to avoid the big crowds. Well let me tell you, if you're going anywhere near Penn Station, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the Port Authority Bus Station, Herald Square, Central Park...do you see where I'm going with this? Nowhere is crowd free during the holiday season.

I consider myself a grizzled veteran of navigating the crowds. I can weave in and out, catch the "walk" lights, and slip past strollers, walkers, and gawkers like it's my job. But yesterday, it seemed like someone had put out a press release saying that New York City was closing in a week and you'd better go see it while you can. I have never seen crowds like that before.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not necessarily saying it's a bad thing. In fact, if anything it could be a good thing. It means people are getting out of the house, traveling, spending money, and stimulating the economy.

But I am saying this...if you're planning to go into New York City with the family during the holiday season...be prepared...