Attractions

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.

Most people are surprised to find out that I was a Girl Scout. Well, not only was I a Girl Scout, my mom was the troop leader. Every year, our formal living room would turn into a warehouse for boxes upon boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Yes, the cookies are a big draw to this organization, but what I really liked were the crafts (it didn’t hurt to receive a merit badge for each project).

Tonight Jay-Z performs the fifth of eight sold-out shows to celebrate the opening of the Barclays Center, home to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. The Brooklyn-born rapper, who is a partial owner of the Nets, also opened a third location of his bar The 40/40 Club inside the venue.

This past Friday, I went on a walking tour of Times Square. I have to admit, as a local, this is an area I don’t find myself in too often; however, there’s a lot to be said for “The Crossroads of the World,” including incredible shopping, dining and entertainment around every corner. On Friday, I got to step into the past with The Times Square History Tour, presented by Manhattan Walking Tour.

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