Thanksgiving in NYC

Thanksgiving in NYC

Thanksgiving in New York City is a magical time of year.  From joining the crowds to watch the parade to hitting up a holiday market to purchase artisanal gifts, there are plenty ways to take advantage of your holiday trip this season. Whether you’re in the area for business or pleasure, here’s how you can make the best of spending Thanksgiving in NYC.   Watch the parade For those who are crowd-averse, this may not be the best option. However, if you’ve always dreamed of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person, now is your chance. Review the parade map and determine the most optimal viewing point for your comfort level. If you have portable lawn chairs handy, bring them. Make sure to layer up with comfortable, warm clothing and head out earlier in the morning.   Volunteer Plenty of nonprofit organizations are gearing up for the winter season by setting up clothing drives, soup kitchens and more. Feeding NYC is looking for volunteers the days leading up to Turkey Day to help prepare, package and deliver holiday meals to more than 35,000 families in need. If you’re looking for something else, visit New York Cares and see which organizations need help this holiday season.   Run a 5K What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than by burning a few calories before you ingest thousands more at the feast? Join hundreds of locals on Thanksgiving Day for the annual New York City Turkey Trot, starting at 9am in Prospect Park. It’s not unusual to see participants running in turkey or pilgrim costumes, so wear your Thanksgiving-themed gear if...
Discovering NYC Series: Best Coffee Shops in Downtown NYC

Discovering NYC Series: Best Coffee Shops in Downtown NYC

Here’s an ode to joe: the giver of energy, the provider of good conversation and the fuel to start our day. While a Starbucks may be located on the corner of every block, there’s something special about a boutique coffee shop, and there are plenty of them in Downtown Manhattan. We hit the grounds (get it?) and searched every corner in the neighborhood for the perfect cup of java, and here’s what we found.   Voyager Espresso, 110 William Street Located on the lower level of 110 William, on the way to the subway you’ll find Voyager Espresso.  The spacecraft-inspired space seems like something out of a sci-fi movie, yet serves specialty drinks and lightly roasted coffees with locally-sourced dairy. If you’re hungry for a snack, try any of their quirky toasts.   Black Fox Coffee, 70 Pine Street Nestled in the heart of 70 Pine you’ll find Black Fox Coffee, an Australian artisanal coffee shop offering not only some of the best coffee in Downtown NYC, but sandwiches and pastries as well. Order any of their available coffees, but be sure to try the almond croissant – it’s to die for.   Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, 200 Broadway, New York Known for their locally-sourced, fair trade beans, Irving Farm has a number of locations throughout NYC and Long Island. We recommend the Fulton Center spot in particular, for a few reasons. First, the Fulton Center’s atrium provides a visually appealing light show, especially during certain times of day when the sun hits the 952 aluminum panels. Second, the people-watching is something out of a movie. Lastly, it’s a...
4 Fun Things To Do in Lower Manhattan this November

4 Fun Things To Do in Lower Manhattan this November

Brace yourself: the holiday season is officially here. From holiday markets to ice skating, New York City is the place to be this time of year. While many believe Midtown NYC has the best seasonal happenings, Downtown has plenty of festive activities that are just as fun. Get in the holiday spirit by checking out these seasonal events in Downtown NYC.   New York Comedy Festival November 11 – 12; various locations throughout New York City The encroaching holidays can be stressful, so take a night off and head out to any of the New York Comedy Festival events. Performers include Ron White, Bill Maher, Tom Segura and other mainstream comedians. Visit their website for show times and tickets.   Ice Skating at Brookfield Place Opening November 4; Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street, New York The Rink at Brookfield place is scheduled to open this November! Rent some skates and hit the ice with friends and family, or schedule a private lesson. Be sure to check their website for various evening events and shows.   Union Square Holiday Market November 16 – December 24; Union Square Park, Southern Side, New York Noted as a must-visit destination when traveling to NYC during the holidays, the Union Square Holiday Market has plenty of food, crafts, drinks and live music. Get a head start on your holiday shopping or make an afternoon out of it.   94 Annual Tree Lighting at NYSE November 30, 2:30pm – 6pm; NYSE, 11 Wall Street, New York The New York Stock Exchange invites you to watch their 94th annual tree lighting. Why fight the crowds in...
Business Travel Tips: Jet-Setting with Your Pet

Business Travel Tips: Jet-Setting with Your Pet

As companies continue to expand their presence and send their employees around the world, we’re faced with more time on the road than at home. For those who are single and without pets, this lifestyle isn’t as challenging. For those with furry friends, however, travel may pose some issues. Although it was once a logistical nightmare, jet-setters can now breathe easier knowing that many hotels and airlines cater to the business traveler with pets. Here are some tips to consider when preparing for your next business trip with an animal in tow.   Getting There If you’re traveling by car, bringing your pet along isn’t a huge obstacle. If necessary, make sure to notify the rental car company that you’ll be traveling with an animal. A few airlines, such as United Airlines, have begun catering to travelers with fuzzy companions. They allow cats, dogs and rabbits to travel in the cabin, as long as their carrier fits under the seat, for $125.   Pet-Friendly Accommodations More and more hotels are opening their doors to travelers with pets. It’s no longer limited to pet-friendly rooms; hotels are now offering doggy daycare services, pet grooming facilities and designated grassy areas just for your four-legged friends. If you’re traveling for an extended period of time, consider corporate housing, as many companies partner with apartment buildings that allow pets.   Doggy Daycare If your accommodations don’t supply pet daycare options, most US cities have a plethora of facilities peppered throughout their neighborhoods. Visit WoofAdvisor, the TripAdvisor for dogs, and search the city and type of service you’re looking for.   Dog Walking Finding...
Fall Recipe: Turkey Chili

Fall Recipe: Turkey Chili

Picture this: it’s a cool fall afternoon, the sun is shining, the leaves are bright golden hues with flares of red and orange, you’re bundled up in a cozy sweater and something smells delicious. What’s cooking? Could it be soup? Could it be a casserole? Or is it chili? Yes, it’s chili, the perfect comfort food for the fall season. Here’s how to make a healthier variation perfect for filling your belly with nutritious, fresh ingredients. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 pounds ground turkey 2 cups coarsely chopped onions 2 tablespoons chopped garlic 1 large sweet red pepper, cored,  coarsely chopped 1 cup chopped celery 1 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed, finely chopped 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped, or 1 tablespoon dried 2 bay leaves 3 tablespoons chili powder 2 teaspoons ground cumin 3 cups canned diced tomatoes 2 cups chicken broth Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 2 15-ounce cans of red kidney beans, drained 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 1 cup sour cream (optional) Sliced lime for garnish (optional) Preparation: Heat the oil over high heat in a large heavy pot and add the ground turkey. Cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes, using a heavy kitchen spoon to break it up as it cooks. Add the onions, garlic, sweet pepper, celery, jalapeño, oregano, bay leaves, chili powder and cumin. Stir well to blend. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Add the drained beans and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes longer. Serve in bowls with cheddar...