For Sylvia Delvaille Jones, owner of Villas and Apartments Abroad, there’s only one place to be for Thanksgiving, and that’s New York City.
“Thanksgiving is usually celebrated on the last Thursday of November every year and this year that’s November 26. And in New York it’s one of the best times to visit. Not only because of the celebratory spirit and incredible food, but because the Friday after the Thursday is know as Black Friday – the biggest day of sales that happens in the US throughout the year.
“But let’s start with Thanksgiving. If you want to get a true slice of American tradition now’s the time to come. Everything starts hotting up on the Wednesday night when the turkey in every kitchen is being prepared and stuffed ready for slow cooking in the oven on Thursday morning.
“While that’s happening you can bet everyone else in NYC will be out on 34th St and 6th Ave to watch the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, one of the absolute highlights of the year. Starting on 77th St and Central Park West, the floats trail down 6th Ave and eventually end up in front of Macy’s flagship store.
“It’s a wonderful sight. Broadway stars from various shows perform short synopses of their musicals, the famous Radio City Rockettes dazzle the crowd with their signature high kick routines, marching bands from around the country show play their uplifting music and you might even spot a celebrity upon a float waving to the crowds.
“By the time you get back home you’ll be hungry as can be, ready to eat to excess. There’s the turkey, the home made pies – pumpkin, apple, pecan, sweet potato, cherry and apricots –and plenty of ice cream for dessert.
“Now comes the real work. Get out and head back to Macy’s and all the other big stores to join the crazy queues before midnight. For when doors open first thing on Friday morning, you’ll want to be first in line to take advantage of the incredible bargains on offer. It really is the perfect New York long weekend.
“So hop on a plane with a couple empty suitcases and a stash of Credit Cards and join us in the queue.”
Stay at: Matthias Loft W30 from Villas and Apartments Abroad is the perfect apartment for a Thanksgiving break in New York. The huge 2,050-square-foot luxury apartment offers space, comfort and style well-located for the parade and shopping. Times Square, Broadway theaters, Herald Square, the High Line and the chic Meatpacking District are all within easy walking distance and highlights of the apartment include high ceilings throughout, a vintage Steinway grand piano and a private terrace faces the Empire State Building.
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