I love November in New York City for so many reasons….Fall is officially in the air, it’s my birthday month and Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. When I do stay in N.Y.C. for the holidays, I love hosting Thanksgiving dinner, any excuse to run with a theme! Thanksgiving weekend is also a quiet one in NYC which is so relaxing and enjoyable. With so many people traveling for the extended weekend, I feel like I have the city to myself. Nothing like being a tourist in my hometown for a few days. This Thanksgiving, we’ll be staying put and I’m looking forward to some pumpkin spiced chai latte and a broadway show with the fam.
Lots of events take place in November in New York City this month which I’m excited to share with you, plus some fun ideas and inspirational actives to do with your kids.
- If you are a Ralph Lauren fan as I am, stay tuned for his first-ever documentary on HBO, airing on November 12th.
- 3 Broadway shows that are on the top of my list are The Rose Tattoo starring Marissa Tomei, Lin Manuel’s Freestyle Love Supreme, and Moulin Rouge. All have received rave reviews.
- Though I don’t celebrate Christmas, I’ve always been mesmerized by the beauty of Christmas decorations. This year, I’d love to drive through Dyker Heights, Brooklyn to check out all the razzle-dazzle.
- Don’t go cold turkey on Thanksgiving just because you don’t like to eat one. Acclaimed chef and cookbook author, Peter Berley is offering a vegan Thanksgiving cooking class on Nov 17th at ICE. I recently took a cooking class with him at his home on the North Fork and I can assure you, it was a delicious experience.
- Get into the Thanksgiving spirit with a pumpkin spiced chai latte. Two of my favorite spots are Blue Stone Lane and Le Pain Quotidien.
- Ice skate into the season at Wollman Rink and then grab a bite at one of The Plaza’s Food Hall concessions. You will not be disappointed!
- Get festive with some sparkly or pumpkin inspired nail polish. I’m obsessed with Smith & Cult’s Tang Bang burnt orange hue this time of year or Saint Laurent’s Gold Fire or Bronze Fever.
- I recently read about an online happiness class at Yale, titled Psych 157, under the Science of Well Being. With less sunlight over the next few months, this seems like the perfect solution to staying bright-eyed.
- Must check out the William Vale outdoor spa experience in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Think gorgeous tents outfitted with an infrared/higher dose experience. Nature doesn’t get chicer than this.
- Hosting at home? Check out bazaar.com Thanksgiving playlist, try this Kale Avocado non-recipe recipe, this Pecan Pie Bar recipe, and these elegant glass pumpkins to elevate your holiday tablescape
- Those who prefer to be served over the holiday try One If By Land, Two If By Sea or The Beatrice Inn and enjoy a fireside dinner.
- The closest I’ve ever come to a Rockette performance is a cardio class with famed fitness instructor and former Rockette, Amanda Kloots. I’d love to take in a show at Radio City Music Hall with my girls if they’d dare to indulge me.
- Would love to visit the recently renovated MOMA Museum. With an additional 47,000 square feet of installation space, I’m certain to get my culture fix.
- Want to cozy up with a good book? Head over to my new favorite book store (thank you, Sonia, for the introduction), McNally Jackson’s on Prince Street. With so few independent bookstores left, this one is a hidden gem. PS. They have a coffee shop too.
- 15. If none of the above entice you, check out Town & Country’s list of where to visit over Thanksgiving.
Any suggestions for activities in November in New York City? Please comment below.