Celebrating Thanksgiving in 2020

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Another holiday during the pandemic means another opportunity to find alternative ways to celebrate!  For many, this will mean a very different Thanksgiving for 2020.  CDC Guidelines advise against large, indoor gatherings – indeed, any gatherings with people outside of your household carry the risk of transmission.  However, with a bit of creativity, you can still enjoy the day and get to spend some quality time giving thanks with loved ones.

Virtual Dinner

Thank goodness for technology giving us virtual ways to see each other.  On Thanksgiving Day you can set up a video call with your friends or family – get in the kitchen together and prepare your meal, or set them up on a device and seat them virtually at your table. If you are not tech-savvy, don’t forget the power of a phone call to make someone feel connected and included.

Dinner Delivery

If you have family who live nearby, or friends and neighbors who you know will be alone, why not prepare their favorite elements of the traditional turkey dinner and drop it off at their house in advance?  Then you can arrange to eat “together” on the day.

Movie or Game Night

Family movie night or board games are a great way for people in your household to enjoy themselves. You can also extend this to people outside of your home – several movie streaming services, such as Netflix, offer a way to watch movies together even if you are in separate houses.  There are also apps that enable you to take part in games such as trivia or card games with other households via the internet.

Get Outside

If the weather complies, a good walk is a great way to blow off the cobwebs and work up an appetite!  If you are walking with members of another household, remember to wear your masks and keep your distance.

Give Back

As well as giving thanks, the holidays are also a good time to give back.  Food pantries or banks are always grateful for donations of non-perishable items and toiletries –  contact them to find out what they are most in need of.  Or get together with the children and write thank you cards to essential workers that can be safely delivered before or after the holiday.  Another way to mark the holiday is to take part in a gratitude activity – gather people in your household together and share things you are grateful for.  Even in these tough times, it’s possible to find reasons to feel thankful this year.

Let us know what your plans are for this Thanksgiving!

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History of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Since 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade has been the official kick-off to the holiday season. Each year, more than 50 million TV viewers joined by 3.5 million people in New York City tune in for this beloved event through Manhattan. In 2020, the parade will take place with no audience and will air on NBC and Telemundo on Thursday, November 26 from 9 am to 12 pm in all time zones. The parade will not take place along its usual route, but the broadcast will feature theatrical and musical performances from the casts of HamiltonJagged Little Pill, and Mean Girls, as well as the Rockettes, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots, the Muppets from Sesame Street, and many others.

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Originally known as Macy’s Christmas Parade, this event was started by Macy’s employees and featured animals from the Central Park Zoo. Employees and professional entertainers dressed in vibrant costumes to march from 145th Street in Harlem to Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street. That very first parade was such a success that Macy’s declared it an annual event. More than 250,000 people attended the inaugural parade!

ILNY_BLOG_034_53d7bf8f-785a-4875-a05d-57ba6639d10cIn 1927, the parade’s signature giant balloons made their debut. The first-ever balloon in the Macy’s Parade was Felix the Cat. The next year, Felix was filled with helium and simply released into the sky at the end of the parade. Don’t worry, this practice of releasing balloons skyward stopped in 1932. Since Felix, parade balloons have featured more than 100 of the world’s most beloved animated characters.

The parade continued to thrive through the 1930s, with crowds of more than 1 million people gathered in the city. Mickey Mouse made his parade debut in 1934.

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During World War II, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was suspended, due to demand for rubber and helium. Balloons were deflated and donated to the government, providing 60 pounds of scrap rubber to aid the war effort.

In 1945, the parade resumed and two years later, the film Miracle on 34th Street, featuring footage from the 1946 parade, made the Macy’s Parade a household name. The following year, the parade was broadcast on national television for the very first time.

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Macy’s creative team began building parade floats in 1968. To this day, parade floats continue to be designed exclusively by Macy’s employees. Floats stand up to 40′ tall and 28′ wide, but each float can fold into a 12.5′ by 8′ box for easier transportation to the parade route.

Of all the famed balloons in the Macy’s Parade, it’s Snoopy who holds the record for the most balloons in parade history.


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Updated 11/13/20 Nov 07, 2018 by I LOVE NY Staff

Dramatic Doorways | Five Homes with Colorful Front Doors

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A good first impression is everything. From Cape Cod to California wine country, these front doors greet guests with doses of cheery, welcoming color.

Striking Santa Fe Style

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Santa Fe, New Mexico | Neil Lyon GroupSotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – 326 Grant Avenue Brokerage

Sophisticated Southwestern design distinguishes this award-winning three-bedroom home in the exclusive community of Las Campanas, northwest of downtown Santa Fe. Contributing to the unique ambience are carved columns, archways, outsize ceiling vigas, custom wooden lintels and ceiling treatments, and distinctively detailed doors—including an arched double front door featuring a regionally fitting turquoise hue, ornate carvings, and rustic hardware. A covered pavilion and a traditional portal with a kiva fireplace offer intimate outdoor spaces with mountain views and access to a greenbelt.

Hillside Haven Near Hollywood

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Los Angeles, California | Jeffrey YoungSotheby’s International Realty – Los Feliz Brokerage

Perched on a hillside near Bronson Canyon, this cheerful two-bedroom home is a delightful aerie just minutes from Franklin Village and Hollywood. Vivid double front doors offer an inviting introduction to the home’s crisp, clean, light-flooded interiors as well as its balconies, sunny deck, refreshing new swimming pool, and thriving terraced gardens threaded with pathways. The home also includes an attached one-bedroom bungalow with a kitchenette—a perfect private retreat for guests.

Charming Carmel Cottage

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Carmel Valley, California | Courtney StanleySotheby’s International Realty – Carmel Rancho Brokerage

This remodeled three-bedroom home is replete with California charm. The light green shade of the entry door—and a Dutch door opening to the dining room—echoes the color of the surrounding grasses, ferns, and majestic oaks. In the living area, a dramatic stone fireplace creates welcoming warmth, and oversized windows take advantage of expansive views. Patios and a generous deck accommodate outdoor living with ease. The property also features a one-bedroom guesthouse and a studio, gym, or office.

Wine Country Retreat

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Napa, California | Cheri StanleySotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – Broadway Brokerage

Beneath the dramatic pitch of this home’s covered entryway, a bold red door offers a welcoming burst of color and opens to the open-plan living room, dining room, and chef’s kitchen. The four bedrooms overlook and open to the five-acre property, which includes garden beds, a vineyard, pastureland, a barn, and a guesthouse or office with its own covered porch. The estate is ideal for indoor-outdoor living and entertaining, with sun-washed patios and terraces, a fire pit, and a tennis court.

Osterville Oasis

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Osterville, Massachusetts | Peggy Rowland & Samuel WilsonSotheby’s International Realty – Cape Cod – Osterville Brokerage

On a peaceful street on quiet Little Island, this lovingly maintained four-bedroom residence boasts a rare blend of elegance and comfort. The serene blue tone of the charming front door mirrors the nearby waters and opens to living and entertaining spaces—and beyond, an enviable expansive deck—all designed to make the most of the idyllic views of enveloping greenery, marshland, and sunsets. The home enjoys deeded access to the bay and is minutes from the marinas of Osterville Village.

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The New SELECT is Here!

We are very excited to announce the revealing of our Fall edition of SELECT! Click here to read the digital edition.

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