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The Weekend It List: Nov. 22-25

Your time off is precious.

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Celebrate it.

You could watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

You could watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, but where's the fun in that? But if you're ready to take part in one of New York City's most distinguished traditions, you'd best get up early.

The 92nd edition of the annual Turkey Day parade kicks off at 9 a.m. Thursday, but experienced float watchers know to show up before 6 a.m. for the prime viewing spots. Luckily, there are ample opportunities to watch as the parade winds its way from 77th Street and Central Park West down through midtown. Basically, the farther you are from Macy's Herald Square (where the parade ends) the better.

And if you make it, you'll be treated to performances from the likes of John Legend, Diana Ross, Rita Ora and more. Celebs not your thing? The parade will feature new giant balloons that will take their place alongside stalwarts such as Charlie Brown, the Grinch, the Pillsbury Doughboy and more.

Just don't sleep in. (But if you do, turn to NBC.)

Binge it.

This holiday is just as much about the
Photo Credit: Netflix

This holiday is just as much about the television as it is the turkey. Right?

Marathons bring your favorite fictional families to the table this four-day weekend. GilMore the Merrier on UPtv gives you a chance to juggle four dinners in one night with the Gilmores; "Friends" on TBS lets you in on the Geller football action; The Simpsons on FXX will keep you awake until that dreaded Black Friday shopping spree.

So go ahead and stuff your face with turkey and all the savory fillings and binge on TV's best offerings, involving the Gellers, the Dunder Mifflin crew, the Corleones and more.

And if all the trimmings don't send you into a food coma, consider getting a head start on the season's best silver-screen offerings. The holiday weekend is known to bring out the award-season contenders, and this time around, all eyes are on Mahershala Ali's "Green Book."

Eat it.

The L train shutdown looms large, especially for
Photo Credit: Marisol Diaz-Gordon

The L train shutdown looms large, especially for those who own businesses such as restaurants and bars along the line between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

But there's still time to see what you may be missing before the commute gets complicated at the end of April.

In Brooklyn, you can hit the well-known Lilia and Traif along Bedford Avenue, but try Midnights, just one block south of the train station. The modern American spot has a large patio in the back, live DJ events and more. Or try Lella Alimentari, a few stops over on Graham Avenue. The cozy Italian cafe is said to serve piadinas (Italian flatbread sandwiches) that are just like those found in Bologna, Italy.

On the Manhattan side, try the popular Caracas Arepas Bar, Superiority Burger and Nai Tapas Bar, which serves Spanish small plates in the East Village. On Thursday and Saturday nights, the restaurant hosts live flamenco music and dance performances, as well.

Check out even more tasty suggestions on where to go.

Relive it.

Photo Credit: Hit the Wall

"Hit the Wall" is a story that's been told before, yet can't really be told enough: Ike Holter's 2013 Off-Broadway production turns the Stonewall riots of 1969 into a play rolling through the moment that's said to have kick-started the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fight for equality.

The documentary-style production is using the landmarked Stonewall Inn as its stage for the first time, in a limited-run set through Tuesday.

"I thought the play would really come to life in the place where it was based," says Nick Browne, the first to transport Holter's production to the Greenwich Village venue.

The play focuses on the 24 hours leading to the violent bar raid of June 28, 1969, which resulted in five days of protests and more than 18 arrests. A cast of 10 actors call on select "immersive" seat-holders in the audience to help channel the chaos of the historic night.

Face it.

A new photography exhibit at the National September
Photo Credit: Artwork by Melissa Cacciola, Reproduction photography by D. Primiano

A new photography exhibit at the National September 11 Memorial Museum is putting us face-to-face with the folks responsible for our skyline.

"Skywalkers: A Portrait of Mohawk Ironworkers at the World Trade Center" is a 30-photo series by New York-based artist Melissa Cacciola, who captured first-, third- and fourth-generation Kahnawake ironworkers of the Mohawk territory. Residents of the territory, which is located along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, in Quebec, have been commuting hundreds of miles to work in American cities, including in New York City.

Those who Cacciola photographed were involved with the construction of One World Trade Center and the Calatrava Transportation Hub/The Oculus and also aided in rescue efforts after the 9/11 attacks.

"Portraits tell us so much about our humanity," Cacciola said. "Showing the contribution of Mohawk ironworkers is important -- they've worked at so many New York iconic buildings."


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