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In this week’s issue of Time Out New York, we embrace our inner tourist

By Dana Varinsky

We know, we know—you're way too cool for Madame Tussauds and Carnegie Deli. But this week, we’re here to tell you that some of NYC’s tourist traps are crowded for good reason (and we secretly love them, too). Times Square at night? Those lights are undeniably mesmerizing. And the Radio City Christmas Spectacular? It’s got real camels and donkeys in the nativity scene! So lose that hipper-than-attitude and let your inner out-of-towner shine.

But if you’re not in the mood for wholesome tourist activities this week, we’ve still got you covered. In this issue, we also send our Food & Drink editor out on a bender with notorious partier Andrew W.K., and round up the non-family-friendly Thanksgiving activities that will make you thankful you’re staying in the city to party this year.

Plus: Underwest Donuts (the new donut counter inside a car wash), our guide to surviving the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and an interview with comedian Gilbert Gottfried. And if you want to spend this long weekend reading and watching movies, we’ve got reviews of Charles D’Amrosio’s new book of essays (✮✮✮✮✮), and Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game (✮✮✮✮). Happy Thanksgiving!


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