I’ve loaded up on ingredients for stuffing and sides, which means Thanksgiving is just days away. While most New Yorkers are heading out of town and back home for the holidays, I know a lot of people are also taking the opportunity to visit New York over Thanksgiving. For those coming to town, I am creating a three-day itinerary on Just-in-Time, which means I’ll be sharing a guide to a different NYC neighborhood every day for the next four days - right up to Thanksgiving.
Start your holiday trip in the Upper West Side, my own neighborhood. It’s home to many iconic New York attractions, including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that draw many people to this part of town.
Start your day at the Museum of Natural History with its vast showcase of natural wonders. This is the perfect spot if you’re coming with kids, and if you have the time, definitely don’t miss the planetarium. Afterwards, pop by Shake Shack, a classic NYC establishment and a great burger in the area.
Stroll through Central Park and enjoy the last of the fall foliage in the area before crossing over to the east side where you can continue your museum strolls to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The MET is an enormous museum and one of the most visited art museums in the world. Thorough museum-goers will need the whole day - if not two - to see everything.
For those who may want to limit their daily museum consumption to one, head south in central park (instead of east) until you hit Columbus Circle and get a head start on your holiday shopping at the luxury shops inside Columbus Circle.
Macy’s Day Parade: If you plan to watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this Thanksgiving, a good stretch to view the parade is at Central Park West at 75th street. The public can watch from the west side and Central Park side is closed for invite-only seats. Savvy parade goers know to layer up and line up early (read - as early as 6:00AM)