Where are the riders in NYC? November 2021

Where are the riders in NYC? November 2021

This Fall New York City is back to its usual bustling self. The tail-end of the year is always busy for New York TLC drivers, and with the return of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Black Friday events (not to mention the run-up to Christmas) it should mean a busy period for TLC drivers and riders. Here’s our updated guide to the likely rider hotspots over the next few weeks.

The following information is correct at the time of writing on October 25, 2021.


Live events

Over in Greenwich Village the famous Halloween parade – America’s biggest Halloween celebration – will start on 6th Avenue (between Spring and Broome Streets) before proceeding up to 16th Street.  The parade takes place on October 31 and starts at 7 pm.

It’s a busy month at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which hosts the Gold Over America tour featuring gymnasts including Simone Biles on November 6 and Disney on Ice from November 10 to 14, as well as WWE events on the 21st and 22nd. There are concerts too, with Kane Brown at the center on November 5 and Mary J Blige on the 18th.

Other big names playing in November include Bob Dylan, who’s at the Beacon Theatre on November 19, 20, and 21, while Billy Joel (November 5) and the Dave Matthews band (12th and 13th) are among the acts playing Madison Square Garden.

The run-up to Christmas also sees the New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker beginning its run at the David H Koch Theater on November 26.

With live music and theatre shows in full swing, there’s likely to be riders waiting at the main venues on most nights over the month.



November is one of the few months in the year when the city’s hockey, football, and basketball teams are all playing, with plenty of demand as fixtures fill up the calendar meaning the same for TLC drivers.

In football, the Giants welcome the Raiders to the MetLife Stadium on November 7 and the Eagles on the 28th.

Back at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers host the Florida Panthers on November 9, followed by the New Jersey Devils (15th), the Canadiens (17th), the Sabres (21st), and the Islanders (28th).

It’s a busy month at the Garden, as the Knicks season gets going with games against the Toronto Raptors on November 1, The Cavaliers on the 7th, and the Bucks on the 11th. Visitors later in the month include the Pacers (16th), the Magic (18th), the Rockets (20th), the Lakers (24th), and the Suns (27th).

Over at the Barclays Center, there are home games for the Nets against the Hawks (November 3rd), Golden State Warriors (16th), Cavaliers (17th), Magic (19th), Suns (27th), and then the big one against the Knicks on November 30.

The New York marathon is back too, with around 33,000 runners expected on November 7, starting from 9 am in Staten Island and finishing in Central Park throughout the afternoon. It might be worth heading out in the afternoon, as by the end of it those runners (and their supporters) will be in need of a comfortable ride.


The White House has announced that some travel restrictions will be lifted from November 8, with international travelers allowed into the US if they are fully vaccinated. So you can expect more tourist rides around the city over the coming weeks and ahead of the festive season, as well as to and from JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports.


Thanksgiving and Black Friday

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was for ‘TV only’ in 2020 due to the pandemic restrictions, but it will be back to something resembling its usual scale on November 25th 2021.  Public viewing locations won’t be confirmed until later in November, but big crowds are expected as the parade makes a welcome return to the streets of Manhattan.

The sales begin the day after Thanksgiving, as Black Friday marks the start of the holiday shopping season. While many shoppers may stick with online stores this year, most stores will be open early and bargain-hunters will descend on the shopping districts in big numbers from November 26 onwards.


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