curated by Sara Maher

It’s the most chaotic, exhausting, wonderful time of the year! Prevent some of the holiday headache by getting a head start on your shopping and avoiding Thanksgiving dinner altogether (well, cooking for it, at least) with these seasonal suggestions.

Pretty Paper

Bring back the homemade holiday card at the Kids Printmaking Workshop with Artist Hilary Lorenz. After Lorenz demonstrates how to ink and press linoleum blocks on her portable printing press, kids will copy her technique to create unique pieces of art. The finished prints – featuring images of native birds and animals found at the nearby Environmental Education Center – are yours to keep, or you can add them to Lorenz’s art installation on display at the same location.

• F downtown to York St and walk northwest to 99 Plymouth St (in Brooklyn Bridge Park). Sat Nov 19, 1-3pm. Free.

Holiday Hullabaloo

Can’t convince the kids/partner/visiting relatives to spend a day shopping at the Union Square Holiday Market? Trick… I mean cajole them into going by proposing the Union Square Holiday Kick-Off instead! The Union Square Partnership and Urban-space kick off the shopping season with treats, free holiday photos and crafts, caroling, and a surprise appearance by a princess (note: actual identity of princess was not specified, so don’t promise a picture with Elsa and Anna!).

F downtown to 14 St and walk northeast to the James Fountain (inside Union Square Park between 15th and 16th streets). Sun Nov 20, 10am-1pm. Free.

Easy Feast

By now you all know how to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (freeze your fanny off on Sixth Avenue, or just turn on the TV). The real question is, what do you eat after? If your family Thanksgiving feast moved to your cousin’s place in California, or you’re fed up with having to feed your freeloading friends, you can take a seat at a restaurant instead of your dinner table (and you’ll only have to stuff your face… not a turkey butt). Here are some F-accessible restaurants serving a special menu on Thanksgiving Day:

• If you usually just get takeout: Indian Accent puts a spicy spin on your holiday favorites with roasted sweet potato chaat and paneer-stuffed or tandoori turkey.
F downtown to 57 St and walk southeast to 123 W 56th St. 2-8pm. Prix fixe, $95.

• If you don’t really like “Thanksgiving” food: db Bistro Moderne lets you get away with Thanksgiving-esque choices like squash soup, pumpkin risotto, “Amish Turkey” stuffed with foie gras and pureed potatoes, and bourbon pecan pie.
F downtown to 42 St-Bryant Park and walk northeast to 55 W 44th St. 12-11pm. Prix fixe, $75.

• If you want to bring the kids: Wallflower has a special three-course children’s menu to accompany its four-course traditional turkey-and-potatoes dinner.
F downtown to 14 St and walk southwest to 235 W 12th St. 1pm-8pm. $75 adults/$40 kids.

• If you want to give back: french louie donates 15% of its Thanksgiving menu sales to Neighbors Together, a Brooklyn-based organization that fights hunger and poverty in our community. Fancy French foods include Mussels Normande and boeuf bourguignon, followed by a surely universally adored concoction known as Black Bottom Pumpkin Pie.
F downtown to Bergen St and walk northeast to 320 Atlantic Ave. 11:30am-10:30pm. $75 adults/$50 children under 10.

• If you want to keep it simple: Prime Meats will give you turkey, potatoes, and lots of gravy, plus pumpkin or apple pie.

F downtown to Smith-9 Sts and walk northwest to 465 Court St. 12pm-11pm. $57.

Brooklyn Bounty

Looking for something a little funkier than the fare from Union Square or Bryant Park? Get yourself down to Gowanus for the Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar, curated by e-commerce website Brooklyn Makers. Find unique, handmade art prints, stationery, jewelry, housewares, shoes, bags, toys, and more. Then leave your kids at the free craft station while you wait to get your purchases professionally gift-wrapped for, again, free. If you’re going with your adult friends, there will be complimentary cocktails, too!

• F downtown to Carroll St and walk northwest to 501 Union St. Sat Nov 26-Sun Nov 27, 11am-6pm. Free admission.

For Your Information

The Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting is happening on November 30. This is a reminder to stay away from Rockefeller Center that night, not a reminder to actually go.

• F downtown to 47-50 St-Rockefeller Center and go above ground to 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Wed Nov 30, 7-9pm. TV broadcast on NBC. Tree remains on display 5:30am-midnight through Sat Jan 7 at 9pm. Free.

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