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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade set to take the city

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(Credit: A new SpongeBob SquarePants float debuts on Thursday. (Getty))

The 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is set to kick off the holiday season tomorrow, as more than 8,000 marchers will shove off at Central Park West and 77th Street and head down into Herald Square.

Some 3.5 million spectators are expected to line the streets on the route and will be joined by more than 50 million viewers worldwide, as 15 giant character balloons, 37 enormous novelty...

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How to get around town during holiday

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For holiday travelers staying in the New York City area this week, MTA buses and subways are running on a Sunday schedule as crews prepare the transit system for the winter storm.

With high winds and heavy rain expected Wednesday, the MTA will bring in extra workers, clear drains, securing equipment at yards and bus depots and ensure railroads are clear of trees and downed wires.

Meanwhile,...

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Thanksgivukkah? Rare holiday overlap welcomed in NYC

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Thanksgivukkah, that rare phenomenon where Hannukah overlaps with Thanksgiving, returns this year for the first time since 1888 and the city's Jewish community is delighted.

Families celebrated the chance to celebrate two holidays together, cooks tasked with honoring both occasions embraced the challenge and rabbis hailed the overlap of celebrations with similar themes.

NYU student Hannah...

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Cheap$kate: The best FREE events in NYC this week

Minions!

(Credit: Minions from "Despicable Me 2.")

‘Despicable Me’ Minion Monday Pa-poy! Preparing for their debut at the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Blu-ray and DVD release of “Despicable Me 2” on Dec. 10, the little, yellow scene-stealing Minions will have the run of the city today as they take in the sights of the Big Apple. The Minion Mobile will be making stops around the city to distribute FREE giveaways along with one...

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Do earlier store openings undercut Black Friday?

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(Credit: Crowds gather outside Macy's last year in advance of the midnight "Black Friday" opening. (Getty))

America's biggest retailers are being accused of ruining millions of turkey dinners this year by opening on Thanksgiving. But the All-American tradition most at risk from the ever-earlier store openings is the shopping event that has driven U.S. holiday spending for the past 40 years - Black Friday.

If more shoppers go to the stores on Thanksgiving, as is expected, with more than a dozen major...

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Thanksgiving: where to pick up your feast in NYC

Thanksgiving turkey

(Credit: Get your Thanksgiving turkey at Marlow & Daughters. (JULIA GILLARD))

Want to gorge at home but have someone else do the heavy lifting? Here are our picks for where to pick up your Thanksgiving bounty.

City Grit

This culinary-salon is doing “Sides & Pies” for Thanksgiving. You make the turkey, and they’ll do the rest. Order by Friday, Nov. 22 to pick-up on Wed., Nov. 27. $200 serves 6-8 adults, and includes your choice of bread, two starters, four...

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Thanksgiving: Where to eat on Turkey Day in NYC

profiteroles

(Credit: Give thanks for profiteroles at Villard Michel Richard.)

Not everyone likes -- or wants -- to cook a giant Thanksgiving dinner. Luckily, traditions in New York City circa 2013 are not fixed, and no one expects you to stay home and make use of an oven that is otherwise never used.

So fear not! In this city of 8 million, there's something for everyone on Turkey Day. Just make your reservation ASAP.

Villard Michel Richard

Renowned French...

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