Spending the holiday season in New York City is a magical time of year. Most street lamps and surrounding trees are decorated with soft white lights and almost every building has elaborate holiday decorations in the lobbies. This is also the perfect time to visit one of the many holiday markets that pop up all over the city.
In all of the years I’ve lived in New York City, I had never taken a Double Decker bus ride until a few weeks ago. I know what you’re thinking, “how is that even possible?” Sure, I’d seen the colorful buses zip by while walking to and from work—the eager passengers on the top level smiling and pointing out buildings to each other, but for whatever reason, I’d just never done it.
I really love being in New York during the holidays. This festive time of year sees the city transform into a wonderland of holiday lights and iconic traditions—like the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center and the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square. A number of holiday-themed festivals and markets also pop up this time of year.
In addition to the famous New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square, and the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the most popular New York City holiday celebrations.
The new exhibition Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture opens to the public tomorrow at the American Museum of Natural History. The exhibit examines anything and everything having to do with food: celebrating cultures and cooking, historic meals and markets, and moments in our lives that we mark with food, as well as the ingredients that we have discovered and shaped over the course of thousands of years.
Last night, I attended an IN New York and Where event at Lucky Cheng’s—the famous drag queen cabaret restaurant, which recently moved from it’s longstanding home in the East Village to a new spot in Midtown Manhattan’s Theatre District. Years ago I visited the downtown location and it was awesome but a bit cramped, so I second owner Hayne Suthon’s decision to move on up the island
Yesterday afternoon, I took a tour of Times Scare—a haunted destination in Midtown that’s open all year. The spooky vibe begins once you set foot in the space: The entrance looks like an old cathedral, including a re-imagined Sistine Chapel ceiling, with Adam as a half skeleton and God surrounded by skulls.
Yesterday afternoon, I took a tour of Holiday House—an Upper East Side mansion that transforms into a holiday-themed designer showhouse every fall. This year, 27 designers were given the task to thoughtfully design each of the many rooms—picking a theme for each space.
In all the time I’ve lived in Upper Manhattan, I’ve wanted to go to a Columbia Lions football game at their 218th Street stadium, but never remembered when football season came around. This year, I made it a point to go and was glad I did. The game I attended, against the Fordham Rams, started at noon, but most fans got to the area over an hour earlier to start tailgating.
This weekend, I might check out the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, which starts today and runs through Oct. 14th. Presented by Food & Wine magazine, the event celebrates one of the greatest dining capitals of the world and some of the world’s greatest chefs, winemakers and spirit producers.