In New York City, the transition from October to November feels abrupt. You go home dressed like Batman surrounded by red leaves (and Snickers), and wake up in a land of twinkling lights, window displays, and Cyber Monday promotions.
To help you make the most of November, check out our guide below. We highly recommend seeing Hamilton before the month comes to an end and you’re still too full from Thanksgiving to leave the house.
Rockefeller Center Ice Skating
When: 8:30 am–12 am for 90 minute sessions
Where: 5th Ave between 49th and 50th Streets
Though this tends to be full of tourists you will still find a good amount of New Yorkers taking in the gorgeous sites and lacing up their skates. You can buy tickets and skate around or you can look up their events to attend Breakfast with Santa, Starlight Skate and more.
We’ll see you on the ice!
The Whitney Museum of American Art is currently displaying a career retrospective of Frank Stella. We highly recommend you check it out, it’s the first comprehensive Stella survey in the US in almost 30 years. On Saturday they are opening early to help families celebrate the life and work of Stella with artist McKendree Key who is constructing a mega-sized marble run inspired by his work.
It’s the Broadway play that has everyone talking. Every critic is in love with it, every New Yorker can’t wait to say they’ve been and tourists are flocking to the city for this rap bio-musical about an orphan immigrant who came to NY and served as secretary to General Washington. Of course there’s more to the story but trust us when we tell you, you just have to experience it.
If you don’t know, now you know.
Veterans Day Parade
Where: Fifth Ave from 26th to 52nd Street
When: Wednesday, November 11th
The Veteran’s Day parade is also known as America’s parade. It’s meant to honor those currently serving as well as the service of our veterans. This year the parade will commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II as well as the 25th Anniversary of Desert Shield.
Central Park Moonlight Ride
Where: Locations TBA
When: Friday, November 6th 10pm
Ever thought about biking through central park in the middle of the night? The time has come. With bike guides in the front and rear of the group you’ll be completely safe on your excursion into the park. The ride is just under 10 miles at a leisurely pace and even includes a few stops to take in the scenery. Grab your bike (any type will do) and meet at the location posted on the website for a night of fun – and a workout.
The Butterfly Conservatory
Where: American Museum of Natural History
When: Until May 29th 2016
If the weather has you down then head up to the Museum of Natural History for their annual exhibition of butterflies.
Did you know there are over 18,000 known species of butterflies within five families? Three of those families are represented in the museums Vivarium compound where you can wander around and learn more about this incredible insect as they fly around you. Tickets start at $22.
Forget about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the holiday markets at Grand Central and in Union Square are where you need to be. The Grand Central market fills Vanderbilt Hall and with over 75 vendors offering a variety of gifts including candles, apparel, home decor and more – you’ll surely get all of your holiday shopping done.
Hint: We recommend you head to the food court after for some Shake Shack, there’s almost never a line.
The Union Square market has just as many vendors but will give you a much more intimate New York experience as you wander the tents outside. With views of Union Square coupled with a nice fall breeze, you’ll surely get in the holiday spirit.