An NYU Student’s Guide to Thanksgiving Break in the City

Although not going home for Thanksgiving can be a bummer, New York has amazing and underrated options to offer for the holiday season. Rather than elbowing your way through tourists at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or barely getting to see the Rockefeller Tree, here are alternatives to get the most out of your break in this captivating city.


A Diner-Inspired Friendsgiving
If you’ve also been obsessing over Riverdale, you’ll know that neighborhood diners are absolutely adorable. Although New York isn’t exactly a small town, having a diner-inspired Thanksgiving dinner is a great alternative to attempting to cook a turkey in a dorm oven. Some cute diners near campus that are open this Thanksgiving are Waverly Restaurant, The Hudson Diner and Bubby’s.

Artists & Fleas Market
Instead of visiting the standard holiday markets in Union Square or Bryant Park, try going to a market full of speciality products. The Artist & Fleas markets in Chelsea Market, SoHo and Williamsburg are amazing places to shop for local New York finds. Not to mention that you can buy gifts from here to get a head start on your holiday shopping!

The Roosevelt Island Tram
Check out the spectacular views of New York from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island for just $2.75. The tram ride is especially scenic during the fall and is a great way to get your money’s worth from just a subway fare!

Ice Skating in LeFrak Center at Prospect Park
Ice skating is a holiday staple, but waiting in long lines is definitely a drag. The LeFrak Center is not only gorgeous but also rarely crowded. With Prospect Park easily being one of the most beautiful parks in the city, the quick trip to Brooklyn is definitely worth it – there’s even a cute cafe!

New York during the holidays is arguably one of the best times to be in the city. All the bright lights make walking to class on Astor a little bit better. As the craziness of the holiday season begins, following some of these tips will hopefully make your Thanksgiving in New York a memorable and relaxing experience.

Written by: Shreya Jois

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