Things to Do This November on the Upper West Side
November 01 2019 | The Upper West Side
November is the busiest time of the year in New York City as preparations for the holidays commence. Enjoy these five November events on the Upper West Side, all just a short walk or cab ride away from Hotel Beacon.
The New York City Marathon marks the beginning of every November, and this year it falls on Nov. 3. The finish line is just blocks from Hotel Beacon, so make your way to the best stretch of the course – and certainly the busiest. Catch the excitement and join the crowds in cheering on participants’ finish. If the throngs of spectators are too much, it’s just a short walk back to your comfortable hotel room.
NY Comedy Fest at the Beacon Theatre
The New York Comedy Festival is back for its 16th year! The Beacon Theatre will be one of seven venues hosting stand-up sets for the weeklong event, which runs Nov. 4-10. Stand-up headliners at The Beacon are Randy Rainbow and Tom Segura, and the oh-so popular Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast starring Scott Aukerman and guests will record live for the event. With these kind of headliners and the hotel’s proximity, there’s no reason not to attend. Order tickets ahead of time.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
It’s the biggest event of the year – Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City! And if you’re staying at Hotel Beacon, there’s absolutely no way to avoid it. The parade starts two blocks away at Central Park W. and 77th Street, heading south toward Herald Square in Midtown Manhattan. Brave the crowds and find the perfect spot to watch the parade’s 92nd year.
Thanksgiving Dinner at Boulud Sud
Away from home for the holiday? Leave the cooking to someone else. Every year, Mediterranean restaurant Boulud Sud offers a three-course prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving with both traditional fare and the restaurant’s popular dishes. Make a reservation in advance and you don’t have to worry about when to put the turkey in the oven. Limited tables available on Thanksgiving Day.
The Nutcracker opens at the Lincoln Center
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker has dazzled New York audiences for decades. The holiday tradition returns to the Lincoln Center this year at the David H. Koch Theater. The show starts its run the day after Thanksgiving on Nov. 29. Tickets typically sell out, so buy in advance! There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than The Nutcracker, great for all ages.