It’ our privilege, it’s our power – moreover, it’s our obligation to vote! No matter what side of the ticket we’re on, no matter how disgusted, discouraged or disenfranchised we may feel, we have no excuses if we don’t flex our individual muscle and utilize this unique right that so many generations have fought so hard for. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 8th. Do it!
Through November 27th
Coinciding with the 2016 Presidential election, the New York Historical Society showcases more than 120 objects from The Museum of Democracy/Wright Family Collection featuring historical and political campaign memorabilia. Items on view include bold posters, paper dresses, pins, board games, t-shirts and other collectible gems so specific to these especially idealistic and tumoltuous times.
New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (77th St.) http://www.nyhistory.org
The world-famous New York City Marathon has grown from a small race (55 runners completed the race back in 1970, circling Central Park several times) to the largest, most popular marathon on the planet (last year there were nearly 50,000 finisher!). The race begins in Staten Island and runs through all five boroughs before reaching the coveted finish line in Central Park. Join the festivities and cheer on these weary warriors at various points throughtout the city – First Avenue and Central Park South have always been my favorite spots to lend my enthusiasm to this annual spectacle.
An extraordinary annual design competition and food charity, Canstruction challenges teams of architects, engineers and contractors to build sculptures made entirely out of unopened cans of food. The large scale structures are placed on display and later donated to NYC-based non-profit City Harvest which helps feed nearly 1.4 New Yorkers facing hunger each year. Yes we “CAN”!!! Be sure and check this out.
Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street https://brookfieldplaceny.com
Look up in the sky – it’s neither a bird, nor a plane but the beloved Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons taking shape! Come see for yourself how the likes of Snoopy, Dora the Explorer and Spiderman become their true selves. It takes alot of helium for these characters to come to life. The festivities surrounding their on-site inflation starts around 3pm on Thanksgiving Eve ( November 23rd), winding around the Museum of Natural History beginning at 79th Street and Columbus Avenue. It’s a ton of fun but be prepared for the crowds.
November 19 – January 14th
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Enchanting model trains navigate their way through a whimsical landscape featuring over 150 iconic NYC landmarks. With loving attention to detail, each scene is recreated from Mother Nature, incorporating bark, leaves and other natural materials-all lovingly exhibited under the twinkling glow of the New York Botanical Gardens Conservatory. Locomotives hum along beloved sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half mile track.
While planning your visit, be sure to check out The Gardens’ “Bar Car Nights”-Festive evenings (adults only) where you can pick up a complimentary cocktail, beer or glass of wine as you explore the conservatory after dark before heading outside for more seasonal fun including live music, ice sculpting and fire performances. Choo choo indeed!
The New York Botanical Gardens, 2900 Southern Blvd the Bronx http://www.nybg.org
November 11th – January 2nd
Nothing marks the beginning of the season quite like The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The magic begins the minute you walk through the doors of this storied music hall featuring the world renowned Radio City Rockettes as they (along with an enormous cast including live animals) dance, prance and go “dashing through the snow” as it were. Leave behind the hustle and bustle of everyday life and indulge in this “can’t miss” beloved production that never ceases to remind us of the true meaning and spirit of the season.
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Ave Tickets @ https://www.rockettes.com/christmas
November 21st – January 8th
An annual tradition, the delightfully decorated Origami Holiday Tree has marked the start of the holiday season at the Museum for more than 40 years. Volunteers begin folding in March to complete the hundreds of creations that will be displayed on the tree. This year’s theme draws inspiration from the museum’s exhibit “Dinosaurs Among Us”.
Learn the art of origami at Origami Day at the Museum, Saturday November 12th
Share the beauty and wonder of folding paper! Learn how to fold animals, stars, flowers and much more at this special folding day at the Museum.
Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street http://www.amnh.org
November 28th 5:30-9pm
The holiday season officially kicks off on the upper west side with the much-anticipated “Winter’s Eve” festivities. This annual event features food tastings, free entertainment, live music, special offerings from the local shops and above all, jovial, cheerful spirit throughout the neighborhood Spanning a 10-block radius (all along Broadway from Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle to 68th St) be sure to get there in time for the magical tree lighting ceremony which takes place at Dante Park, directly across from Lincoln Center. Let the fun begin!
More info @http://winterseve.nyc
October 28th – February 26th
See the New York Historical Society transformed into a magical wonderland with the installation of the Holiday Express train exhibit. Theatrical lighting, an ambient audio “soundscape” and other visual effects immerse visitors in an enchanting holiday experience. The exhibition begins at the West 77th Street entrance, where trains appear to roar through the Museum with the help of four large scale multimedia screens. The dynamic display appeals to all ages, showcasing the beauty and allure of toys from a bygone era.
New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West http://nyhistory.org