A Very Barnard Thanksgiving

by Molly Scott

Go see Hello Kitty up close!

Barnard and Columbia’s Thanksgiving Break is short, so it’s not uncommon for people to stay on campus. While the campus may seem a little deserted while people celebrate at home with our families, there’s no need for those stranded in Morningside Heights to feel like we’re stuck! Check out these fun things to do around Thanksgiving in New York City:

Thanksgiving Day

Go to the 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
If you are in NYC on Thursday, this is a must-see event. The parade route runs along Central Park West between 77th and 59th Streets, 7th Avenue between 59th and 42nd Streets, and 6th Avenue between 42nd and 34th Streets, ending at Macy’s in Herald Square. Along with awesome balloons, there will be many performances by celebrities (it’s a surprise who will perform though)!

Gather your friends and EAT!
There are tons of people staying here for the break, so find some friends (or maybe make a few new ones) and invite them for a mini-feast. Pitch in to buy all the essentials – pre-cut turkey meat, cranberry sauce, string beans, microwavable stuffing, etc. – at Westside Market or Morton Williams. Decorate your floor lounge or suite with festive place settings and a table centerpiece. When everyone’s together, share your traditions that you practice at home on Thanksgiving night.

Spend the day on Skype
Go wild on Skype with your family and friends. It will make you feel much better to not just talk to, but also to see your relatives on this meaningful family holiday. Keep in mind that friends at colleges all over the country have the day off too, so take this opportunity to catch up with them!

Think you have what it takes to compete?

Black Friday

Go shopping!
Since you’re in the fashion capital of the world, you’ll find virtually every store imaginable here. Get up super early to be there when the stores open or spend the day in bed with your laptop to score some major deals online. Warning: online shopping is highly addictive, so be careful you don’t empty your bank account.

Get a head start on your holiday shopping
Many major gift-giving holidays are quickly approaching, so use this free time to buy gifts for your family and friends (and take advantage of the Black Friday deals)!

The Weekend

Explore all the museums you’ve been meaning to visit
Let’s face it: none of us take advantage of the city as often as we’d like. This weekend is the perfect opportunity to go to New York’s outstanding museums. With your student ID, you can get into many museums for free or a discounted rate. Another bonus: the museums shouldn’t be as crowded as they are on other weekends. Check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the Frick Collection, the MoMA, the Guggenheim Museum, the New York Historical Society, and the Museum of the City of New York.

Check out the city below 110th Street
There’s no shame in being a little touristy with your weekend off! Grab a few friends and explore SoHo, Greenwich Village, Little Italy, China Town, Brooklyn – the possibilities are endless. Consider visiting the to the top of the Empire State Building or Rockefeller Center before it gets too cold. Or go thrift shopping in the Village and then grab a cannoli at the famous Ferrara Bakery in Little Italy.

Molly Scott is a sophomore at Barnard and Girl Talk editor for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Images courtesy of The New York Times and American Public Media.

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