Holiday Windows Unveiling @ Macy's Downtown Brooklyn

You've seen them on Gothamist.com, maybe you've even seen some of them in real life—everyone agrees the department store holiday windows are a delight. Macy’s Herald Square already unveiled their windows last week, but their Downtown Brooklyn location, which has been undergoing renovations since 2016, will unveil their windows Tuesday. The theme this year is “Believe In The Wonder,” and three windows located on Fulton Street will be getting the holiday cheer treatment. You can check the list of other major holidays windows in Manhattan.

Tuesday, November 26th through January 1st // Macy's Downtown Brooklyn, 422 Fulton Street // Free

Holiday Lights @ The Bronx Zoo

After an 11-year hiatus, the Holiday Lights are back at the Bronx Zoo, baby! The festive experience, which covers several acres of the zoo's grounds, includes various wildlife themes, a custom animal lantern safari, animated light shows, ice carving demonstrations, and more. Also, mark your calendars, as they're planning an "Ice Jubilee" from December 21st to 31st, with a 12-foot ice bar, ice throne, ice slide, and more.

Friday, November 29th through January 5th (closed December 24th, 25th, and January 1st) // The Bronx Zoo // Tickets: $29.95 for adults

Still 'Memories of Murder,' the 2003 film by Bong Joon Ho

Relentless Invention: New Korean Cinema, 1996–2003 @ Film at Lincoln Center

Did you watch Parasite and suddenly wonder why you haven't been paying attention to writer-director Bong Joon Ho's work before now? Here's your chance to catch up on Bong (Barking Dogs Never Bite, Memories of Murder) and other leading Korean filmmakers, including revenge master Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, and Joint Security Area are all screening), with Film at Lincoln Center's survey of recent New Korean Cinema. For instance, a NY Times critic was dazzled by Lee Myung-se's Nowhere to Hide, showing on Monday, November 25th, 8 p.m., and Saturday, November 30th, 7 p.m., writing, "...Nowhere to Hide isn’t quite like any other cop-and-gangster movie explains why you probably haven’t seen it. Once you have, the genre will never feel quite the same." You can also see the blockbuster romantic comedy, My Sassy Girl, which was based on a series of blog posts.

Through December 4th // West 65th Street, at Lincoln Center // $15 for general public

Volunteer Or Donate For Thanksgiving

If you are looking to do more than trip out on tryptophan and football this week, there are a few options of where you can volunteer or donate this Thanksgiving, and we'll highlight a few for you here. Serve a Hot Meal to the Homeless will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal to the homeless on Saturday at the Manhattan Church of Christ. You can donate to FeedingNYC 2019, an organization that has delivered more than 75,000 complete Thanksgiving meals to families in shelters. And you can donate, and kids can volunteer, at The 2019 Thousand Turkey Challenge.

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The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze @ Van Cortlandt Manor

If you're looking for an excuse to get out of the city, then here's a good one: it's the final weekend for the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze, the most magical display of Jack O'Lanterns in the state. This year, there are more than 7,000 pumpkins, with new additions like the immersive Headless Horseman Bridge (with sound, carvings, and light that suggest the Headless Horseman is coming up behind you), a Skeleton Dogwalker, Pumpkin Emojis, and a Museum of Pumpkin Art (MoPA) featuring recreations of works like the Mona Lisa (sans the crowds) and Scream. If you've never gotten to see it before in person, this is your chance.

November 29th & 30th, from 5-8 p.m. // 525 S Riverside, Croton-on-Hudson // Tickets are $17-$23

START MAKING SENSE: Talking Heads Tribute @ Brooklyn Bowl

You might not be able to get last-minute tickets to see David Byrne's hit American Utopia this week, but you can still throw off the shackles of heavy Thanksgiving meals and rock out to the music of his brilliant band at this tribute show at Brooklyn Bowl. This seven-piece group takes "pride in faithfully recreating the music of Talking Heads entire career, including songs Talking Heads never performed live." (You can see a typical set list here.)

Saturday, November 30th // Brooklyn Bowl // $15 for tickets

Daniel Arnold 1:21 @ Larrie

If you haven't already gone, you were almost too late to catch the first ever solo exhibition by one of New York City's great street photographers, Daniel Arnold. Thankfully, 1:2:1 has been extended for another two weeks, through December 8th. Curated by Emily Rosser, the Lower East Show show features never-before-seen photos and videos "exploring the close relationship between the photographer’s inner landscape and his surroundings." If you're a follower of Arnold's hugely popular Instagram account, you'll already know that those surroundings typically feature the people and streets of New York City at their most raw, lively and spontaneous.

Through December 8th, Thursday-Sunday 12-6 p.m. and by appointment // Larie, at 27 Orchard Street // Free