Monday, Nov. 24
Make Workshop on the Lower East Side has been offering design, arts and craft courses for more than a decade. In this three two-hour class package beginning this evening, they’ll take you through step-by-step how to make a cute and wearable “naughty secretary skirt.” Shop for fabric, gather a basic sewing kit then learn the ins and outs of layout, cut, and following a pattern. Explore basic sewing techniques like darts, seam finishing, installing an invisible zipper and handstitching a couture-quality hem. $200 plus supplies. 7 to 9 p.m. 95 Chrystie St., #402, Lower East Side.
Tuesday, Nov. 25
New York City’s Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) is home to the largest program of hands-on recreational cooking classes, baking classes and wine classes in the world. More than 26,000 people a year enjoy 1,500 classes offered day and night in their 14 state-of-the-art kitchens. Tuesday’s classes include Knife Skills 1; “Knowing how to use knives skillfully is the foundation of all cooking, and doesn't have to be scary or frustrating,” $105, 6 to 9 p.m. The Make-and-Take Thanksgiving Pie Workshop will also be available: “Everything you need to know to craft glorious pies perfect for fall and suitable for the holiday table,” $115 6 to 10:30 p.m. Also taught Tuesday night is Essentials of Thai Cooking; “Explore the unique ingredients, simple techniques and sometimes fiery recipes of Thai cooking, one of the most distinctive of Southeast Asia,” $120, 6 to 10:30 p.m. Sign up for and explore course options here. 50 W. 23rd St., Midtown.
Wednesday, Nov. 26
The Atrium at Citigroup Center is a nice place to escape the hustle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan, and it's an excellent location to observe one of New York City’s unique buildings. Upon completion in 1977, Citicorp Center (now called 601 Lexington) was, at 59 stories, the seventh-tallest building in the world. It is easily identifiable in the New York City skyline by its 45-degree angled top, but it’s the building’s base — the bottom nine of its 59 stories are stilts — that hold an incredible backstory.
According to 99% Invisible, a radio show about design and architecture, “The architect of Citicorp Center was Hugh Stubbins, but most of the credit for this building is given to its chief structural engineer, William LeMessurier. According to LeMessurier, in 1978 he got a phone call from an undergraduate architecture student making a bold claim about LeMessurier's building. He told LeMessurier that Citicorp Center could blow over in the wind.” To discover the full strange tale of the vulnerable skyscraper listen to the 99% Invisible podcast “Structural Integrity.” Citigroup Center is open daily from 7 a.m. to midnight, 601 Lexington Ave., between 53rd and 52nd Streets in Midtown East.
Thursday, Nov. 27
Not going to the Thanksgiving Day Parade but looking for something to do today? The New York Aquarium, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo and the Central Park Zoo are all open. Catch the Central Park Zoo penguin feeding and presentation at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. near the southeast corner of Central Park, Manhattan, $18, open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.