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Old 11-09-2012, 11:16 PM
 
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We will be visiting the city over the Thanksgiving holiday and are trying to decide whether to come a day early and see the balloon inflation on Wednesday afternoon/evening. My family (i.e., teenagers!) isn't interested in dealing with the long wait and crowds to see the actual Macy's parade, but I think they would enjoy the balloon inflation event.

My question is: Is this another event where the crowds make it not worth bothering because it is hard to see anything with wall-to-wall people and a long wait to not see much, or is it worth the hassle? Are there any times that are better than others to enjoy the experience a little more fully? (Early? Late?)

It sounds like an awesome experience, but I'm hesitant to drag everyone there to find that it isn't very do-able due to its popularity!

Thank you for your time, and I appreciate your insights!

P.S. On a side note, are places like Gray's Papaya open on Thanksgiving day? We weren't planning to do the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, and all of the places I found on Open Table that are open on the holiday were fancier than we wanted (or wanted to spend!)
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:07 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Not worth going, unless you enjoy being in crowds and probably cold. Mostly everything that sounds like fun and is free ends up being a less then enjoyable time. /jmo although I am becoming crudmugeon who passed her saturation point of 'cool' things to do in NYC.
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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I know they store these things in a warehouse in Hoboken somewhere. GOd knows their fate because Hoboken was HAMMERED by Sandy.

But if all goes well, inflation is at 79th and Clumbus from 3PM until 10PM.

Good Luck.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Not where I want to be
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I went a few years ago and doubt I'll ever go again! It was massive crowds, barely moving, people crashing into you with strollers, etc. When we finally made it through to the end, I screamed FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think, if you plan on going, you should get there at 3pm -- it may not be as crowded at the very start. We got there around 4 or 5 and it was a madhouse.
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