Grand Central guards; Photo: AP

Is Crayola's Bittersweet a deeper shade of Orange? Gothamist wonders this because the Post says New York's increased security measure in a time of orange means NYC is at Orange+. But not even Super Orange can deter NYers from getting their Christmas shopping done: One shopper tells the Daily News, "I just healed from an aneurysm, so nothing is going to stop me. I'm not going to live in fear. Our time is our time."

The NY Times story on the city's reaction towards the heighted terror alerts includes what Mayor Bloomberg bought his daughters for the holidays: "recording of Dave Matthews Band's concert in Central Park for Emma and a chess set using Mets and Yankees figures for Georgina. The governor bought the extended version DVD of 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,' and a CD of Christmas music." Seems like having a billionaire mayor for a dad is almost like having a normal dad. (Actually we're sure that Mayor B is going to buy Emma another pony or something, but why use that as a press opportunity.) No one cared about what Governor Pataki bought, though.

Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Pataki shop in Time Square's Virgin MegaStore; Photo: