Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1979. Image Jon Harder via Wikimedia Commons

It’s almost Thanksgiving week! Celebrate the start of the holiday season by attending the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade, heading to an international art fair and shopping at a Brooklyn holiday bazaar.

Monday, November 21st

Join the New York Adventure Club for a tour of the Museum of the American Gangster, located in a former speakeasy. The after-hours experience will cover the history of Jewish and Italian gangsters and the city’s prohibition movement. Stay afterwards for drinks in the building’s actual speakeasy.

Presented with the Center for the Living City, Janette Sadik-Khan, former NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner, will give a lecture on the lasting legacy of Jane Jacobs at the Museum at Eldridge Street.

Also taking place at the Museum at Eldridge Street is Before & Beyond the Lower East Side: Secondary NYC Jewish Settlements, which will look at Jewish settlements during the Lower East Side’s period of immigration. The event will include a 1.5 hour classroom discussion and a two-hour neighborhood tour (to take place the following week).

Tuesday, November 22nd

It’s the anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Here are eight places in NYC to remember him.

Wednesday, November 23rd

From 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., watch the giant balloons of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade get inflated near 79th Street and Columbus Avenue.

Thursday, November 24th

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Manhattan, where you can catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade head down Central Park West and 6th Avenue. Expect giant floats, performers, helium balloons and Santa!

Hungry for some Thanksgiving dinner? Plenty of restaurants are offering special menus. Check out your options at am New YorkCity Guide and OpenTable.

Friday, November 25th

The Accessible Art Fair New York, which has been showcasing 60 rising contemporary artists from New York, the U.S. and around the world, ends today. Drop by to view the collection, selected by a renowned jury.

Saturday, November 26th

The Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar opens today in Gowanus, Brooklyn, and will take place throughout the weekend! Find food vendors, crafts and more, created by local designers and artisans.

Sunday, November 27th

The Museum of Interesting Things is hosting a 16mm short movie and music party. The theme is Eureka (History of Invention) so expect to come across antiques, vinyl records, 1900’s Vaudeville and Jazz and drinks!

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