11 Alternative NYC Thanksgiving Activities (No Macy’s Parade!)

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Every year, families convene to celebrate the beautiful tradition that our ancestors started hundreds of years ago. The turkey is cut and everyone stuffs themselves on food while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade—before heading to shopping malls to grab all the amazing deals. Sounds cliché and repetitive? Well here’s is a list of alternative activities to do in the city this Thanksgiving, ranging from exploring cemeteries to riding a bike dressed as a turkey.

11. MTA Will Run Vintage Trains Starting Thanksgiving Weekend

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Starting the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the MTA will rub its popular holiday vintage train, known as the “Shoppers Special,” between 2nd Avenue and Queens Plaza on the 6th Avenue line. As the MTA notes,

The “Shoppers Special” consists of R1/9 subway cars, also known as City Cars, which ran on the lettered lines from the 1930s to the 1970s, serving subway lines that may be unfamiliar to current customers, such as the A SubwayA Subway, B SubwayB Subway, C SubwayC Subway, E SubwayE Subway and H. The jazz composer Billy Strayhorn would have taken a City Car to Sugar Hill when Duke Ellington told him to “Take the A Train.” These subway cars, which were ordered for the Independent Subway System (IND), have rattan seats, ceiling fans, incandescent bulb lighting, drop-sash style windows, and roll signs. They became the model of NYC Transit’s modern subway cars, with the same dimensions as the modern R160s and the foundation for the design of the upcoming R211 cars.

Additional dates to catch the holiday trains will be December 4, December 11 and December 18.

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