Things to do in New York City this weekend

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A New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Friday, April 24, 2015. Visitors are posting photos online showing hundreds of people being herded toward a ferry landing. Tourists say they were taken off boats while trying to leave nearby Ellis Island. Those vessels then were used to evacuate Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Christmas Spectacular: Radio City Music Hall is the home of the traditional Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes. Bring your family to the holiday stage show, which is a NYC Christmas tradition. The show lasts 90 minutes and features original music. It runs through Jan. 2. Visit rockettes.com/christmas to purchase tickets, which vary based on date and time.

Union Square Holiday Market: The internationally renowned market returns to Union Square Park through the holidays. Attendees have the opportunity to peruse gifts made by local craftsmen and artists. This year features new sections like Little Brooklyn and Urbanspace Provisions, a warming station and a kids’ craft studio. The market runs from Nov. 17 to Dec. 24. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Visit urbanspacenyc.com for more information.

Cranksgiving: Every year since 1999, NYC has held Cranksgiving, a unique food drive. Partially a bike ride, partially a food drive and partially a scavenger hunt, this event allows participants to raise money and collect food to benefit needy families. Bring a bike, a bag, a lock and $15-$20 to buy food. This year’s Cranksgiving will be held on Nov. 19. Registration is at 1 p.m. at Hudson Yards (East side of 11th Ave between 34th and 35th streets). The race takes place at 2 p.m. The after party takes place from 4-7 p.m. at Sogo Patagonia (72 Greene St). To learn more, visit cranksgiving.org.

Bar Car Nights: The New York Botanical Garden transforms into the perfect location for festival holiday outdoor adventures. From 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 19, enjoy an after-dark viewing of the expanded Holiday Train Show. Indulge in a cocktail through a series of station stops, which include some of NYC’s favorite street performers. The event also runs on Nov. 26, Dec. 2, 3, 16, 17, 23, 30 and Jan. 7 and 14. Tickets are $35. Visit www.nybg.org to purchase tickets.

Christmas Holiday Boat Parade: On Nov. 20, head to Sandspit Park in Patchogue at 4 p.m. to view the 23rd Christmas Holiday Parade of Boats on the Patchogue River. The parade can also be viewed at Fire Island National SeaShore Watch Hill Ferry Terminal on West Ave. Both viewing locations will have live music. The parade starts at 6 p.m. and is free to view. For more information, visit www.patchogue.com.

A New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Friday, April 24, 2015. Visitors are posting photos online showing hundreds of people being herded toward a ferry landing. Tourists say they were taken off boats while trying to leave nearby Ellis Island. Those vessels then were used to evacuate Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_liberty-3.jpgA New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Friday, April 24, 2015. Visitors are posting photos online showing hundreds of people being herded toward a ferry landing. Tourists say they were taken off boats while trying to leave nearby Ellis Island. Those vessels then were used to evacuate Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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