Restaurants open in Harlem for Thanksgiving

Whether you can’t cook or don’t want to cook if you are looking for a place to eat in Harlem on Thanksgiving.  The following restaurants will be open.


300 West 114th Street


Will have a three course prefix Menu for $45



Amy Ruth’s

113 West 116th Street


On the Menu: Prefix Meal for Thanksgiving, in additon to the regular authentic southern cuisine menu items



Billie’s Black

271 West 119th Street


On the Menu: Upscale Gourmet Soul food



Red Rooster

Prefix Menu for $55


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History and Celebration of Thanksgiving in Canada

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day (Canadian French: Jour de l’Action de grâce), occurring on the second Monday in October, is an annual Canadian holiday to give thanks at the close of the harvest season. Although the original act of Parliament references God and the holiday is celebrated in churches, the holiday is also celebrated in a secular manner.

On January 31, 1957, the Canadian Parliament proclaimed:

A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed … to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October. ”

About the Celebration:

As a liturgical festival, Thanksgiving corresponds to the English and continental European Harvest festival, with churches decorated with cornucopias, pumpkins, corn, wheat sheaves, and other harvest bounty, English and European harvest hymns sung on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend and scriptural selections drawn from biblical stories relating to the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot.[citation needed](Photo from

While the actual Thanksgiving holiday is on a Monday, Canadians might eat their Thanksgiving meal on any day of the three-day weekend, though Sunday and Monday are the most common. While Thanksgiving is usually celebrated with a large family meal, it is also often a time for weekend getaways.

Canada’s top professional football league, the Canadian Football League, holds a nationally televised doubleheader known as the “Thanksgiving Day Classic.” It is one of two weeks in which the league plays on Monday afternoons, the other being the Labour Day Classic. Unlike the Labour Day games, the teams that play on the Thanksgiving Day Classic rotate each year.


Various First Nations in Canada had long-standing traditions celebrating the harvest and giving thanks for a successful bounty of crops. Canada’s First Nations and Native Americans throughout the Americas, including the Pueblo, Cherokee, Cree and many others organized harvest festivals, ceremonial dances, and other celebrations of thanks for centuries before the arrival of Europeans in North America.[6]


Canadian troops attend a Thanksgiving service in a bombed-out cathedral in Cambrai, France in October 1918

The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean. Frobisher’s Thanksgiving was not for harvest but homecoming. He had safely returned from a search for the Northwest Passage, avoiding the later fate of Henry Hudson and Sir John Franklin. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony, in what is now the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. The feast was one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations by Europeans in North America. Frobisher was later knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him — Frobisher Bay.

At the same time, French settlers, having crossed the ocean and arrived in Canada with explorer Samuel de Champlain, in 1604 onwards also held huge feasts of thanks.

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A Reason to Be Thankful: A story of Sammy Sosa’s Humble Beginnings

Recently Sammy Sosa who hails from the Domincan Republic has been in the news about his skin lightening; however, we would like to look back at a time in Sammy Sosa’s life when there was barely enough food to eat.    Thanksgiving often reminds us to think about people who are hungry and without.  Can and food drives abound.   Sosa’s story has a silver lining but millions of others across the country will not share a similar fate. 

About Sammy

66 HRs, .308 batting average, and 158 RBIs. Who could ask for more? No one. Sammy Sosa was raised in San Pedro de Mecoris, Dominican Republic. His family was very poor. Sammy’s dad died when he was seven. Sammy sold oranges,washed cars, and shined shoes for money. As a kid, Sammy used a milk carton for a glove, balled-up socks for a baseball, and a big stick for a bat if he wanted to play baseball. At sixteen years old, he tried out for a scout from a Texas Rangers. The scout loved his power! He gave Sammy a $3,500 bonus, so he could sign a pro contract. He gave all the money to his mom. Well, not all the money! He used his share to buy his first bicycle.

His skills were raw during his first pro season in 1986. He was traded twice before he became a star with the Cubs in 1993. Sammy hit 33 HRs and drove in 93 runs. Now, almost everything has changed. Mark Grace, the first baseman says,”Sammy isn’t just a great hitter, he always plays with a smile. He’s fun to be around.” The homerun race of 1998 was one of the most exciting events in baseball history. Sammy Sosa versus Mark McGwire, what a match! The media pressure was extreme, though not to Sammy. “I never feel pressure. Pressure was when I was a kid and didn’t have food on the table,” he says. Every time he pounds a homerun, Sammy kisses two fingers, touches his heart, and blows a kiss. His famous “heart gesture” goes to his mom who is always watching.


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