What Should You Do This Thanksgiving Weekend?

Categories: Manhattan

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We're dimming the lights for a few days on Runnin' Scared for the Thanksgiving holiday. We'll see you on Monday morning, post-parade, post-Black Friday (sorry, you'll have to get your violent door-buster videos someplace else), and post-holiday traveling.

If you're staying in the city, here are a few ways to spend what might be a quiet weekend.

Grab some dinner: Here are the 10 best restaurants for Thanksgiving dinner 2014. (And here are a few vegetarian options.)

See a movie: Here is the Voice's film homepage.

Go to a concert: And here's the Voice's daily concert calendar.

Plan your holidays: Here are 19 ways to spend the holidays in New York.

Settle in with a story. Here's the Voice's index of recent longform pieces.


Window Washing Is A Terrifying Gig: A Brief History

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Cleaning windows in New York City is a tough, thankless, and, quite frankly, terrifying job. The city saw that last week when window washers Juan Lopez and Juan Lizama found themselves trapped on a dangling scaffold outside the 68th floor of 1 World Trade Center. For more than 90 minutes, the two were suspended hundreds of feet in the air outside the tallest building in North America, to the horror of onlookers below, before they were rescued by members of the FDNY and Port Authority police department.

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World Trade Center Window Washer Says the Emergency Brake Failed

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Juan Lizama, left, and Juan Lopez
When the scaffolding suspending window washers Juan Lopez and Juan Lizama outside the 68th floor of 1 World Trade Center began slipping, Lopez followed the procedures he remembered: He hit the emergency brake. But it didn't work.

He recounted the moment to a room of reporters gathered at the 32BJ SEIU union headquarters on Friday.

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Take a Virtual Tour of the One World Trade Center Observatory

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Disappointing news for Condé Nast employees: One World Trade Center's observatory won't be open when they start moving in this Saturday, November 1. In fact, the $3.9 billion building's observatory will not officially open until 2015 -- but you (yes, you!) can take a virtual tour of it today.

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Grieving Mother on Charges Against Cab Driver: 'It's a Traffic Violation for Killing a Child'


By now, 10 months on, the details of Cooper Stock's death are well-known: The nine-year-old was in the crosswalk, under the signal, holding his father's hand when he was run down by a cab driver a little after 8:45 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014.

Partly because of the heartbreaking circumstances and partly because of the timing -- shortly before Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an ambitious new initiative to combat pedestrian deaths in New York City -- the story has been repeated in countless articles since.

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Video: Witness a New York Manhattanhenge (and Moonhattanhenge!)

Manhattanhenge: "It's one of the few times in New York City where you see people being friendly to each other," says Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

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Watch a Stunning Visualization of Midtown's Growth Over the Last 150 Years

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It's hard to believe, but not so long ago you could stand on Central Park South and see the horizon in every direction. Cube Cities has thrown together an animation of how fast the city south of 59th Street went from crowds of squat buildings and farmland to a region with one of the highest concentrations of tall buildings in the world. See the video after the jump.

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Manhattan Apartment Sales Are at Their Highest Levels Since Before the Recession

Categories: Housing, Manhattan

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There aren't many places in the U.S. where people are unfazed, even titillated by the possibility of living next door to monster rats, but apparently Manhattan is one of them. Yesterday the Douglas Elliman Real Estate Report revealed that apartment sales in Manhattan have reached a level not seen since before the start of the Great Recession. The report states that sales were up 18.8 percent in the second quarter of 2013 over last year's second-quarter numbers, with over 4,000 new contracts signed between April and June.

The logical next question is, who is buying what kind of homes? The short answer is exactly what you might expect: the wealthy seizing on the luxury home sector, which now dominates the market in New York's richest borough. But before anybody gets too smug, the fact is that, both Queens's and Brooklyn's markets are increasingly luxe too.

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Brooklyn is No Longer the "Budget-Savvy" Alternative to Manhattan

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A few months back, we here at the Voice reported that Manhattan's rent was at its highest rate ever, clocking in somewhere around $3,418 a month, on average. Awed by this, I delved into the conundrum that is the Manhattan real estate: if you have to pay an arm and a liver to live on this island, why would you? 

Naturally, the answer is in the name: it's Manhattan, stupid. With its metropolitan charm and the prestige that comes with the phrase, "I live in Manhattan," the conundrum becomes a race to acquire that conversational living title rather than the thought that, wow, the rent is definitely too damn high.

With that in mind, it's no surprise that Manhattan tops the list of the most expensive places to live in America. As an option, I mentioned that you could venture out into the outer boroughs: Queens still offers lower prices in up-and-coming hot spots, like Astoria and Long Island City, and there's always Brooklyn. Turns out I have to bite my tongue a bit.

Yesterday, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that Brooklyn is coming in at number two on that godforsaken list. The study was put together by the Council for Community and Economic Research in Washington; in it, Brooklyn received a score of 183.4 out of 300 and Manhattan scored 233.5. Sorry, but the idea that neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick, Fort Greene and a handful of others provide you with a lower hit on your wallet is as old as Madonna. 

In other words, Brooklyn has been Manhattan-ized.
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A Breakdown of the NYC Bike Share Map

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The bicycles are comin'! The bicycles are comin'!

Yesterday, the New York City Department of Transportation released the initial 420 bike share station locations for the program that will unleash (eventually) 10,000 bikes onto the already crammed streets of New York by 2013. Influenced by NYU's much-smaller program and approved by at least 64 percent of New Yorkers, the bike share saga begins in late July. Created and argued by City citizens, the scattered spots across the Big Apple are just the first round of stations to be built; the end total will be something around 600 stations. 

But this primary bike blueprint is missing alot. Although plans are in the work for stations in the Upper East/West Side, Cobble Hill, Park Slope and Sunnyside in Queens, the one we have now leaves out enormous chunks of New York City and puts the bikes in more-than-obvious places. Here's what we've got:

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