It’s November in New York, the most beautiful month of the year in the best city in the world. We stand behind those superlatives. After all, when else do you get to enjoy that crisp, invigorating chill in the air (a k a Snowpocalypse) to see so many of your friends and work colleagues at social gatherings (a k a mandatory holiday parties) and partake in a hearty Thanksgiving meal (a k a Tryptophan coma)?
Okay, okay, November can be rough. But whether the month brings out your best or your worst, we can all agree that it’s a unique time in the city. So, unbuckle your belts, reset your clocks and get those holiday-themed sweaters out of storage, because it’s time to enjoy all that the Big Apple has to offer, which is a lot.
Here are just a few events to choose from:
It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s an Inflatable SpongeBob SquarePants!
It may not be the oldest, but the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is certainly the most famous Turkey Day parade in America, and the best one New York City has to offer. This year, on Nov. 27th, the 88th installation of this popular tradition will begin at Central Park West and West 77th Street and travel along Central Park West, Central Park South and Sixth Avenue, concluding at the doorstep of the Macy’s flagship store, on 34th Street.
Though viewing the parade is a national pastime – nearly 50 million people watch from home nationwide – only a few sturdy souls – 3.5 million New Yorkers and visitors, to be exact – actually brave the elements to see it in person. Do you have what it takes (and by “it” we mean thermal underwear, a pair of mittens and a very heavy scarf)? There are many ways to watch the proceedings here in the city: You can join the annual gathering of die-hards who attend the giant balloon inflation ceremony the evening before at the parade staging area; camp out around 6:00am along the west side of Central Park West, between West 59th and 75th Streets; or book one of the thousands of hotel rooms lining the parade route (for hotels with special viewing packages, visit nycgo.com).
In our humble – and lazy – opinion, New Yorkers in the know watch the parade on TV from the warmth of their sofa with a Bloody Mary thankfully in hand. Whatever your vantage point, the parade is best enjoyed with friends, family and of course, that Bloody Mary. For more information, visit Macys.com.
Perfect for commuters killing time on the East Side or visiting train enthusiasts, get loco-motivated and check out the 13th Annual Holiday Train Show at the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store, at Grand Central Terminal. Beginning Nov. 16th, and running through the new year, this popular interactive exhibit features exquisite holiday-themed Lionel trains traveling through a two-level, 34-foot-long miniature New York City and countryside milieu that includes a visit to the North Pole that is sure to delight the children and the geographically challenged. For more information, visit GrandCentralTerminal.com.
It’s All Greek to Me
Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος, or El Greco, the famed Greek-born painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance, is being featured throughout the city this November in celebration of the 400th anniversary of his death. El Greco at The Frick unites the museum’s three paintings by the artist in the same gallery and on the same wall for the first time in history. (For more information, visit www.firck.org). Similarly, El Greco in New York, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, provides an opportunity to explore the artist’s work in a manner not available outside Madrid’s Museo del Prado. (For more information, visit MetMuseum.org).
Laughter is the Best… Everything
For one week only, Nov. 5th through 9th, more than 200 famous and not-so-famous comedians from across the country will gather on New York City’s finest comedy stages for the 11th Annual New York Comedy Festival . Think Burning Man without all those annoying hallucinogens. The festival will feature shows ranging from Comics to Watch (Nov. 5th, at Carolines on Broadway) to Women of Comedy 2014 (also Nov. 5th, at (Le)Poisson Rouge).
Notable names, including Bill Maher, Amy Schumer and Nick Offerman, will share their unique and hilarious take on everything from Ebola to going home for the holidays. Ticket price and availability range depending on performer and venue, so the smart comedy-philes purchase a Fan Pass that guarantees access to either five or ten shows, depending on the pass you buy. (For more information, visit NYComedyFestival.com).
Last but Not Least
The General Election is on Tuesday, Nov. 4th. We take civic responsibility very seriously at Manhattan Mini Storage. And so should you. For everything you need to know about where to go and what to do, visit www.elections.ny.gov.