There’s no better place to be on Thanksgiving than New York City, and this year – despite Hurricane Sandy – was no different. Huge helium balloons were flying in the sky in New York’s Central Park even the day prior to the special day with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. It marked the most expansive public event in a city still trying to bounce back from such a devastation.
The parade’s executive producer, Amy Kule commented, “as it has during turbulent times in our history, we hope the Macy’s Parade serves as a beacon of hope for all who tune in and gather with friends and family to give thanks this season, as they continue to heal from the devastating aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.” Well, it certainly did that and was a real boost for both locals and tourists alike this year. For those in the nearby vicinity, perhaps staying at Shimmie Horn’s Hotel Chandler or the Waldorf Towers, this was certainly a Thanksgiving Day to remember and to be thankful for all the city has been able to do in spite of its huge disaster.
The website Eat Down Tip Up is requesting those in the lower Manhattan area to dine in restaurants heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Once there, they are being encouraged to tip high so as to ease the profit loss caused by a week of no service. For those who happen to be on vacation in the area – perhaps at Shimmie Horn’s Cosmopolitan Hotel – Tribeca – they can also add a helping hand by supporting these businesses that have suffered.
Anthony Boudain who developed the site recently tweeted to New Yorkers to “Eat downtown tonight! Pick a small restaurant. Tip heavily! Send a 20 back to the dishwasher!” Eating in these places is a great way to support the relief effort whilst enjoying a night out in lower Manhattan.
MoRUS – the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space in New York – is exhibiting works of art from the Occupy Wall Street movement (OWS) for community service. It is intended that monies raised from this exhibition will be put toward Hurricane Sandy Relief. MoRus is also working with squat residents to rescue items that have been flooded, such as a bike generator that OWS members use during their sit-ins. Currently, the bike is being used to enable the community to access free mobile phone charging. The museum said: “MoRUS has set up Occupy Wall Street bike generators on Avenue C between 9th and 10th Streets. For the past two days, volunteer riders have been pedaling as crowds of people gather to charge up their cell phones. For many people, this has been the first time they’ve been able to contact loved ones after Hurricane Sandy hit.” Clearly organizations and individuals in the Big Apple are banding together to help post-Hurricane Sandy.
For those looking for a bit of culture while luxuriating at Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel, The Play Company is presenting a special benefit event at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre for Broadway’s Glengarry Glen Ross. This is a Pulitzer Prize winning play by David Mamet, depicting parts of two days in the lives of four desperate Chicagoan realtors. So desperate are they to make sales, that they will go to extraordinary unethical and illegal acts. The name Glengarry Glen Ross comes from the salesmen characters, Glengarry Highlands and Glen Ross Farms.
At Angus’ Café Bistro, located on 258 West 44th Street, there will be a pre-show cocktail reception that starts at 6 15. The Theatre is located at 236 West 45th Street.