Friday, November 20, 2015

If you'd rather escape the crowds, here's what
to do in New York City the day after Thanksgiving.
Black Friday means two things: rock-bottom deals and
hordes of shoppers vying for the season's must-have gifts.
In New York City,
where entering certain stores means wading your way through crowds any old
day, Black Friday can feel like some kind of crazy, consumerist fever
Why not skip the chaos and take advantage of a day when most people
will be crowding the department stores to experience some of the city's
attractions? Here are seven fun and quirky things to do instead of shopping.
Picasso Exhibit at MoMA Culture vultures should head to MoMA to check
out one of this season's must-see exhibits.
The Picasso Sculpture show
gathers a hundred of the artist's 3D pieces, which provide a fascinating
counterpoint to his cubist paintings.
Also on view starting November 22 is a
survey of Jackson Pollock's work.
Take advantage of free Friday nights by
visiting between 4 p.m.
and 8 p.m.
Holiday Train Show at the NY Botanical Garden The New York Botanical
Garden's holiday train show is an impressive sight to behold.
This year's
promises to be larger than ever, with an additional 3,000 square feet of
exhibition space in which to showcase models of New York's most iconic
landmarks, including the Chrysler Building, the Flatiron Building, and Saint
Patrick's Cathedral.
Have Afternoon Tea at the Pierre Escape the crowds on Fifth Avenue and
duck into the Pierre, a Taj Hotel for afternoon tea.
The hotel's elegant Two
E Bar Lounge offers a classic service with tea sandwiches, scones, and
pastries for $55 or $85 (the latter with unlimited champagne).
The lounge also
serves unique and delicious cocktails, like the Basil Smash, made with gin,
orange cordial, basil, and olive oil.
Attend a Broadway Play There are plenty of great shows on Broadway
this holiday season both with matinees and evening performances.
Wicked, and the Book of Mormon are among the most popular.
starring George Takei, sheds light on what it was like to be an Asian-American
in the U.S.
during WWII.
Indulge in a Spa Day For the ultimate in luxury, book a massage or
facial at Spa Nalai on the 25th floor of the Park Hyatt New York on 57th
With facials starting at $240 and massages starting at $225, the
treatments aren't cheap, but will give you all-day access to the indoor
With its tasteful, modern design, excellent views of Midtown, and
classical music piped in from neighboring Carnegie Hall, an afternoon at Spa
Nalai is blissfully relaxing.
Hit the Lower East Side's Hidden Bars Sure, you can drink at hidden
bars anytime, but why not go when everyone else is busy? There are a plethora
of clandestine cocktail bars on the Lower East Side, including Attaboy, the
Back Room, and Fig.
If you want to avoid the crowds, the best time to go
is right when they open in the early evening.
Magic Show at the Nomad Hotel For some mystery and intrigue, reserve a
spot at the Magician's show at the Nomad.
Charismatic magician Dan White
(pictured) has appeared on Jimmy Fallon, collaborated with Kanye West on the
visuals for the YEEZUS tour, and consulted with legendary illusionist David
Copperfield in Las Vegas.
His magic show upstairs at the Nomad will leave you
Cocktails by bar director Leo Robitschek enhance the mood.
Laura Itzkowitz is a contributing digital editor at Travel + Leisure and
author of New York: Hidden Bars & Restaurants.
You can follow her on
Twitter and Instagram at @lauraitzkowitz.
This day in the Big Apple means hordes of shoppers vying for
the best deals.
If you'd rather escape the crowds, here are seven things to
do in New York instead of stepping foot inside a store.

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