Some Background on Black Friday
Surprisingly, the name Black Friday was probably not coined as a positive phrase. The term was used to describe the hectic business and overcrowding of vehicles and people in the weekend after Thanksgiving Day. Even so, good or bad, this day is undoubtedly the shopping day of the year, and the Black Friday weekend is a great chance to catch good deals on your desired items.
Black Friday shoppers at Walmart by: Laurie\Flickr
When is Black Friday?
Black Friday is on the day after Thanksgiving, which is the fourth Thursday of November. This year Black Friday will be on November 28 and sales will start as early as Thanksgiving itself at certain shops, and continue throughout the following weekend.
So where would you find the best Black Friday sales in NYC?
Whether you’re going to hit the shopping mall at 00:00 sharp or head up for shopping in the morning, our recommendations for black Friday shopping sales will help you find your way around the sales and discounts on all your favorite brands and products.
Early birds in front of Best Buy, Black Friday 2008 by: David Haines\Flickr
Black Friday at Onassis
The store will open its gates early during the Friday and Saturday sales and offer 40 percent discount on all its items.
Location: 61 West 49th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
Opening Hours: Friday 9 AM – 7 PM, Saturday and Sunday – 11 AM – 6 PM
Black Friday at Mango
Get your trendy wear at mango that will be offering 30 Percent off on man and woman’s clothing and accessories.
Location: 7 West 34th Street, 561 Broadway – SoHo
Black Friday at Lord & Taylor
March yourself up to the famous department store, as it will be opening up at 5 AM on Friday, leaving you free to enjoy half-off on designers boots, from brands such as Ivanka Trump and Michael Kors. And if you’re awake enough already, you can also enjoy men’s shoes on 50$, and a brand new Ralph Lauren suit for 200$.
Location: 424 Fifth Avenue, between 38th and 39th street
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a traditional NYC event where giant balloons cover the sky and the streets are filled with marching bands, floating stages, scenes from Broadway shows, dancers, clowns and millions of spectators. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, and it is followed by Black Friday and the endless pre-Christmas shopping sales.
This year, Macy’s Parade will take place on Thursday, November 27 from 9am to around 12pm. The marching begins at 77th Street & Central Park West, near the American Museum of Natural History and continues south until 34th Street and 7th Avenue.
See Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Route Map
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Tips
If you want to watch the parade live – and if you are tourist in NYC, you must – follow these tips:
- When to arrive? Although the parade officially kicks off at 9am, in order to find a reasonable viewing spot you should arrive at 7am the latest.
- Where to watch? Central Park is closed for public and so is telecast area around Macy’s department store, and the official viewing area on 34th Street is usually extremely crowded. Still, if you’ll follow are first advice, you can find some excellent spots at Central Park West from 75th Street, the second and third floors at Time Warner Center and Sixth Avenue or 6th Avenue. It is also recommended to choose a viewing spot near restaurants or coffee shops for optional food and bathroom breaks.
- What to bring? Obviously a camera or a fully charged smartphone, and also warm clothes and comfortable shoes (the public seats are reserved for Macy’s executives and other VIPs).
Macy’s Parade Balloon Inflation Event
Inflating the balloons in helium is a pre-parade traditional event held a day before the parade near the American Museum of Natural History, and it provides a great opportunity for children and adults alike to watch the giant cartoon characters and Thanksgiving symbols coming to life in the shape of huge balloons.
New York City attracts art enthusiasts all year long. With its rich variety of museums (not just art museums, but design, fashion, nature and history museums) and the numerous galleries, it is always a good time to see art in New York. If you are visiting New York in November, you don’t want to miss these exhibitions:
Veterans Day Parade is held in honor of those who fought for us for so many years, in many long and short, close and faraway wars, all made in the name of freedom, equality, and the first and foremost right for peace and prosperity, given by nature to every living being.
The USA had to face many hard wars, and there are many heroes walking around among us, some of them may be unknown, may not even seem at first sight as important, but each and every one of them has a story to tell, and that story lives on with them every day. Veterans Day Parade is a chance to pay tribute to those heroes, known and less knows, hear their stories, share their experience, and honor them with respect.
In New York City you can catch a great stand-up comedy act on every given night, but during the annual New York City Comedy Festival you can see some of the greatest stand-up comedians and entertainers of our times. You can see full performances by TV stars such as Bill Cosby, Amy Schumer, Bill Maher, Nick Offerman (known as Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation) and Bob Odenkirk (aka Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and the upcoming spin-off Better Call Saul), or maybe even discover the next Seinfeld or Louis.
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