Monday, November 23, 2009

Things to do on Thanksgiving: Free Edition

In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we've decided to forgo the Neighborhood on a Budget segment of our blog and give you a list of free things to do this week!

Not everything about this universally favorite holiday have to cost dollars. The Brooklyn Bitches have found many ways to celebrate in the city without spending anything at all. Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy Turkey Day, stress-free:

  1. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is practically a New York institution. Similar to watching the ball drop on New Year’s in Times Square, it’s the kind of thing that you have to do once, almost instantly regret, and watch on TV from the comfort of your couch for the rest of your days. The parade starts at 9a on 77th St and Central Park West, heads south to Columbus Circle, continues on Broadway, turns west onto 34th St, and ends at 7th Ave. Broadway is closed to the public between 34th and 38th streets, and access is limited between Broadway and 7th Ave on 34th St. If you’ve got plans for Thanksgiving dinner (or just plan on sleeping in until Santa Claus rolls out), at least check out the blowing up of the parade balloons the night before. Bring your family, friends, and any little ones in your crew to watch Elmo, Kermit, and Blue come to life on the steps of the Museum of Natural History.
  2. The Bryant Park holiday market is up in full force, starting on November 22nd. While you aren’t required to spend a dime, the market is the perfect place to scout for a belated birthday present for that cousin you totally forgot about, a new scarf to wear to his house to “meet the parents”, or a hostess gift for the dinner you’ll be enjoying.
  3. Your favorite tv shows and sitcoms often run the best Thanksgiving-themed episodes, year after year. Personally, we are a huge fan of ‘Friends’, and often enjoy an afternoon of free entertainment with some dvds and popcorn on the couch.
  4. Touch football is one of the best things about this holiday. Most Manhattan and Brooklyn parks are free and pen to the public between sunrise and sunset, so work up an appetite by beating up your loved ones and engaging in serious competition.
  5. Clean out your cupboard and bring a huge load of canned goods and unopened non-perishables to the nearest food drive. Elementary schools and churches are usually open to any/all donations you may have.

What do you New Yorkers do for Thanksgiving? Share your best-kept holidays secrets and traditions with us at bbonabudget@gmail.com.

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