(9/11-9/17) Looking for what to do in New York? We've got the latest on all the goings-on in NYC, from concerts to museum exhibitions to comedy to the best in city sightseeing. Read on for our picks for the best of this week in New York City.
THE BIG EVENT
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(9/12-9/22) More than a million people every year make their way to the historic streets of Little Italy to experience the Feast of San Gennaro, NYC’s largest and longest-running Italian festival. Now celebrating its 93rd anniversary, religious processions, parades, live music, and authentic Italian eats highlight the festivities. San Gennaro legends like deep-fried Oreos, sausage ‘n’ peppers, and zeppole (a beloved Italian pastry) are all available. Star attractions include a kick-off with The Blessing of the Stands on Thursday, September 12th at 6pm. A parish priest will parade through the festival, blessing all the shops, restaurants, vendors, and merchants. The Grand Procession takes place on Saturday, September 14th at 2pm, led by this year’s Grand Marshall, New York-based actor Steve Schirripa of Blue Bloods and Sopranos fame. New for 2019, the Feast is introducing an inaugural Zeppole Eating Competition on Wednesday, September 18th at 1pm. In addition, two crowd favorites return, the 22nd Annual Cannoli Eating Competition on Friday, September 13th at 2pm and the 4th Annual Meatball Eating Competition on Saturday, September 21st at 1pm. sangennaronyc.org
(9/12) As the festival kicks off on Thursday, don't miss TalkRadio 77 WABC’s Curtis & Juliet LIVE from Little Italy, noon-3pm. They'll be broadcasting from family-run favorite Il Cortile, on Mulberry St. Special guest will be Rossella Rago, the creator and host of "Cooking with Nonna." She'll be there with her Nonna! They'll demonstrate the art of making fresh pasta, and guest will have the opportunity to practice making pasta under the guidance of Rossella and Nonna. Tickets are available here and include a three-course Italian lunch, the pasta demonstration, and a commemorative t-shirt. Guests will also get to meet and take a picture with Curtis Sliwa, Juliet Huddy, and Rossella Rago.
Every year New York marks the September 11th attacks with the Tribute in Light, a display of 88 searchlights visible in the night sky for miles around. There will be other tributes and memorials all around the city, and a visit to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum will provide moving context.
(9/11) September 11 Commemoration at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust (10am-10pm). In memory of those who were lost and in honor of the first responders, the Museum of Jewish heritage invites the public to come reflect and remember on September 11. You will find contemplative spaces close to the WTC site, and a memorial candle will be lit in the lobby where visitors can reflect. Another spot for contemplation is the outdoor installation Garden of Stones by Andy Goldsworthy. Admission is free for all. 36 Battery Pl., 646-437-4202, mjhnyc.org
(Ongoing) FDNY Fire Zone near Rockefeller Center is the official store of the New York Fire Department. They offer a special fire safety exhibit for children, as well as fire simulation presentations (not for children under five years). If you'd like to help a good cause and pick up a great New York souvenir, head here, where you'll find a special 18th anniversary t-shirt that helps to memorialize the 343 firefighters and paramedics who gave their lives on 9/11. Here is a $5-off coupon! fdnysmart.org/firezone
(9/13) Presenting a fresh alternative to the mundane, Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Bar is an intimate, full-service restaurant from the late Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson fame. This Friday, don't miss Dennis Collins, Extension of a Man! The Music of Donny Hathaway with Leon Pendarvis, David Spinozza, Steve Jordan, and James Genus, with special guests Bette Sussman, Blue Lou Marini, and Eddie Allen. sugarbarnyc.com
(9/14) Chelsea Gallery Tour. Visit 7 modern art galleries in the world's center for contemporary art. Your guide, Rafael Risemberg, Ph.D, will find and explain this month's most fascinating exhibits in painting, sculpture, electronic media, and photography.
(Now-9/16) Final weekend! 2 for 1 Broadway Week. Purchase 2-for-1 tickets using the code BWAYWK for select shows, or upgrade tickets for just $30 using code BWAYUP (subject to availability).
EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK
Photograph by Thomas Lau, courtesy of Anna Sui.
(9/12-2/23/2020) Opening September 12 during New York Fashion Week, The World of Anna Sui celebrates one of the country’s top designers at the Museum of Arts and Design. The 75 fashion looks on display showcase Anna Sui’s decades-long career, beginning with the groundbreaking fashion show in 1991 that introduced the world to her one-of-a-kind eclectic aesthetic.
(Through 1/5/20) Experience the past, present, and future of fashion all at once at the Brooklyn Museum this summer. Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion celebrates the French designer who embodied the Space Age and futuristic concepts in his designs. A living legend at 97, this is the first retrospective of Cardin’s work hosted in New York for 40 years. It holds over 170 objects, dynamically displayed, collected from the Pierre Cardin archive, including recent work that feels every bit as vital as Cardin’s historic designs. The show also shows how Cardin designed outside the realm of fashion, crafting “couture furniture,” lighting, and even cars. Don’t miss the fashion that literally lights up, arranged in the exhibit’s back room. brooklynmuseum.org
For the duration of the exhibition, house restaurant The Norm has been rebranded as Maxim's at The Norm.
(Now-9/29) Just extended! Beyond the Streets at the space Twenty Five Kent in Williamsburg, Brooklyn celebrates some of the biggest names in graffiti, including work from NYC legends Tats Cru, Lady Pink, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as Shepard Fairey, Invader, Brooklyn duo FAILE, artifacts from NYC's beloved Beastie Boys, street photographer Martha Cooper, and much more. Get tickets at beyondthestreets.com.
(Now-1/3/20) The most significant site of the Holocaust, Auschwitz was not a single entity, but a complex of 48 concentration, forced labor, and extermination camps, at which 1 million Jews—and tens of thousands of others—were murdered. Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away., a new exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, explores the legacy of history’s deadliest mass murder site. More than 700 original objects and 400 photographs are on display, many for the first time in North America. Among the artifacts: personal possessions, fragments of a barrack, a gas mask used by the SS, and an original German-made Model 2 freight wagon used for the deportation of Jews to the ghettos and extermination camps in occupied Poland. 36 Battery Pl. (1st Pl.), 646-437-4202,;mjhnyc.org
(Now-10/1) Final weeks! When you see the sheer volume (some 130) of mind-blowing instruments that have been played by a broad cross-section of iconic musicians, all tucked into one space, you’ll understand why the sprawling Metropolitan Museum of Art is the appropriate place for the new show, Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll. It’s the first time a music exhibit of this magnitude has been presented, with guitars alone including the white Fender that Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock, Prince’s 1993 “Love Symbol” guitar, and one of Pete Townshend’s smashed Gibsons encased in Lucite.
(Ongoing) You can experience the world of history’s most famous spy at Driven: 007 x SPYSCAPE, a new exhibition inside New York’s spy museum, SPYSCAPE. This immersive exhibition brings you into the Bond universe with sets, props, and insights about the creation of the ageless secret agent. Among the highlights: an Aston Martin DB5, the lab of Quartermaster (or Q), M16’s gadget master, concept art from Oscar-winning production designer Sir Ken Adams, and an exploration of 2012 Bond film Skyfall’s unforgettable final scene.
(9/11) Jen Kirkman at The Bell House.
(9/12) Dave Hill's Live Comedy Album Recording at Union Hall, with Dave Hill and Clare O'Kane.
(9/14) Batman’s 80th at FAO Schwarz with Frank Miller. In celebration of Batman’s 80th anniversary, this Saturday Batman fans can get a first look at the brand-new Batman Black & White statue ahead of New York Comic Con, presented by Jim Fletcher, the executive director of DC Collectibles. Following, Frank Miller, author of The Dark Knight Returns, will be available for autographs from noon–1pm. Additionally, fans of all ages are invited to shop limited-edition toys and collectibles at the iconic toy store, newly relocated to Rockefeller Center. faoschwarz.com
(9/14) Saturday School at Rockefeller Center. Also in the neighborhood you can find a day of FREE live music, family workshops, and activities on STEAM subjects (STEM + Art!), with food and drink offerings. 11am-3pm. Presenters include FDNY, LEGO, the New York Botanical Garden, the Rock and Roll Playhouse, and many others.
(Now-11/3) Kids of all ages will want to check out the new Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari. It's the biggest, most realistic dinosaur safari ride in America. Travel back in time on a guided tour to learn about dinos of the past and descendent animals of the present. The experience will take riders through 2 acres of woods, in which they will meet animatronic dinosaurs, including two 40-foot-long T. rexes, a 60-foot-long herbivore called Omeisaurus, and the Spinosaurus, one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs to ever exist. For even more kids activities, and to learn more about the brand new Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari, check out our sister site nymetroparents.com!
(Now-Nov. 30) Just extended! Color Factory, a massive interactive art space, began in August 2017 in San Francisco. Wildly popular, the project has set up shop in SoHo and is sure to inspire lines as long as the cronut did at nearby Dominique Ansel Bakery. Designed by a wide spectrum of artists, Color Factory walks visitors through 16 rooms devoted to the wonder of color. You’re invited to compliment someone using color words, discover your signature color, and read wishes for the world written by NYC school children on varicolored balloons. Each room is equipped with a camera that can take a picture of you and send it to your phone: the better to post with! 251 Spring St., firstname.lastname@example.org,colorfactory.co, @colorfactoryco
(Ongoing) “Here Be Dragons,” a new interactive scavenger hunt in the American Museum of Natural History offered by Fable & Lark: Storied Adventures, draws from the menageries of creatures in both Fantastic Beasts and Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald. Participants will explore galleries throughout the museum as they answer questions, solve clues, engage in creative activities, and track down the origins of some of the creatures from both the Fantastic Beasts stories as well as other classic myths and tales. Grab your nifflers and join! Advance registration required. fableandlark.com
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Bring a loved one to take in the breathtaking view at Top of the Rock.
(Ongoing) Feelin' the need for speed? The BEAST Speedboat zooms past the Statue of Liberty at a heart-racing 45 mph!
(New!) Madame Tussauds New York Presents Broadway. Take a magical journey starting with a cocktail at the Broadway Bar, and then traveling through a kaleidoscope of your favorite musicals. Enter the world of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Sunset Boulevard, and Cats. You can sing “Memory” with Grizabella the “Glamour Cat” and wear the Dreamcoat yourself as you become a Broadway star. The Phantom of the Opera will also guide you through this dazzling backstage experience, and perhaps do a little singing himself along the way. Live actors will be on hand to enhance the rush both on- and offstage.
(Ongoing) Get the full stadium experience with Yankee Stadium Tours, which offers exclusive access to New York Yankee historic spots like Monument Park, The Great Hall, and even down to the dugout. The daily tours also bring you close to baseball artifacts like Babe Ruth’s bat, Lou Gehrig’s jersey, and rings and trophies representing the Yankees’ 27 world championships. Here is a $5 off coupon!
(Ongoing) For more than 70 years, Circle Line has been showing visitors the city, including the only cruise that goes all the way around Manhattan: Circle Line’s Best of NYC Cruise. One trip will show off five boroughs, three rivers, and more than 20 bridges on the way to 101 New York City sights. State-of-the-art Empire Class ships have recently launched, providing quieter rides, better sound for the personable onboard guides, bigger windows, improved climate control, and more outdoor deck space. (For dining and entertainment, take a ride on Hudson’s, a three-story “floating rooftop” that’s a Circle Line sibling.)
Immerse yourself in the deep, dark depths of the ocean, where Humboldt squid fight to the death and 50-foot whales ride overhead. Play with virtual sea lions, navigate a kelp maze, and more at National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey! Here's a $10 off coupon!
(Ongoing) Part show. Part tour. All entertainment. THE RIDE is a one-of-a-kind experience that turns the streets of New York into a stage. Journey through Times Square and midtown Manhattan as the city’s landmarks unfold before your very eyes. THE RIDE’s theatres-on-wheels also tour lower Manhattan, with THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered by THE RIDE, which lets visitors re-live iconic moments in New York history through the magic of TimeLooper Virtual Reality Headsets. Use our coupon and save $10 off!
FOOD, MUSIC, AND NIGHTLIFE
(9/12) Moxy's Fashion Week Oasis at Moxy Chelsea. An oasis for self-care with Dear Sundays & Quick Cryo where New Yorkers and visitors can escape for an oxygen bar, hand massages, guided meditations, and a self-love poem workshop. 5-8pm.
(9/12-9/22) For its eighth edition, Photoville at Brooklyn Bridge Park will transform the Brooklyn Bridge Plaza into an immersive photography village populated by over 80 exhibitions in 60+ shipping containers. The public will experience both challenging and entertaining visual stories from a diverse group of artists, curators, and organizations. In addition to exhibitions in and around the freight containers, Photoville offers panel discussions, artist lectures, professional development seminars, hands-on workshops, nighttime programming, and an Education Day that brings together hundreds of public school students for a unique photo-based field trip. FREE!
(Now-9/15) Taste of Iceland. Various venues.
SEPT. 12-15 | FOOD | ICELANDIC MENU AT BROOKLYN CIDER HOUSE (BUSHWICK)
SEPT. 12-15 | FILM | ICELANDIC SHORT FILM FESTIVAL AT FILM NOIR CINEMA
SEPT. 12 | LITERATURE | THE ICELANDIC LITERATURE SCENE
SEPT. 13 | TRIBUTE | JOHANN JOHANNSSON CONCERT AT BASILICA HUDSON SOUNDSCAPE
SEPT. 13 | COCKTAILS | THE SPIRITS OF ICELAND
SEPT. 14 | MUSIC | REYKJAVIK CALLING AT BROOKLYN BREWERY
SEPT 15 | LITERATURE | ICELANDIC BOOK READING AND SIGNING
(9/14) Das Bronx Oktoberfest. The Bronx Brewery brings in DJs and food to celebrate the holiday plus the brewery's new version of its Oktoberfest-style lager Das Bronx. Limited edition steins will be sold to the first 175 people who buy tickets online. thebronxbrewery.com
(9/14) New York Shakespeare Exchange's ShakesBEER Turns 30! New York Shakespeare Exchange (NYSX) announces the 30th consecutive NYC original Shakespearean Pub Crawl on September 7 & 14, 2019 from 3-6 PM. The crawl begins in Alphabet City at The Donnybrook (35 Clinton St.) with check-in at 2:30pm and moves to Parkside Lounge, C Lounge, and Mama's Bar. Tickets are $49 and include performance and four drinks (beer, wine, and select cocktails). $25 "sober" tickets are also available, which include admission only.
(9/14-9/15) New American Festival at NeueHouse, will provide showcase a wide span of Americans who were born elsewhere, including Padma Lakshimi, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Hansan Minhaj, Marcus Samuelsson, and Min Jin Lee. *Note tickets will NOT be sold at the door. newamericanfestival.com
(9/15) TASTE of Williamsburg/Greenpoint, at East River State Park. tastewg.com
(9/15) 36th Annual Antique Motorcycle Show at Queens County Farm. The show will include makes and models of motorcycles that have been out of production for 10 years or more. Music, farmhouse tours, hayrides, and food will provide fun for the entire family. 11am-4pm. queensfarm.org
(Now-9/30) In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, find a celebration of the Summer of Love at Arlo Hotel in SoHo. The pop-up will play host to special acoustic performances, screenings of footage from the famous festival, natural dye workshops, and more. There will also be a full Summer of Love menu available, with Whistle Pig Whiskey cocktails.
(Now-9/30) It’s rosé all day once again. Rosé Mansion is back for another summer residency in NYC after a successful run last year. The designs in all 14 rooms will be brand-new, and the mansion will be twice the size of last year’s iteration. You’ll get tastings of 8 different pink wines as you travel through a champagne ball pit, a mini-theme park called Roséland, and a tree house! There will also be two different rosé wine bars where you can hang out, plus grub from Taco Dumbo on hand.
(Ongoing) Drink, laugh, and save! Summer Savings on The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking! Choose from the evening show or Day Drinking: The Brunch Musical. Sit back and enjoy music and three cocktails, while the cast of The Imbible give insight into the history and science behind alcoholic beverages, tracing their economic and political impact on our cultural development. They'll also conduct live demonstrations of brewing beer and distilling spirits. Save $15 off admission with City Guide's coupon.
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SNEAK PEEK, NEXT WEEK
(9/16-9/23) The popular Brooklyn Book Festival returns this fall, and hundreds of authors will be participating! Literary events will be taking place at various locations around the city, with Children's Day (9/21), and the main festival day taking place by Borough Hall. Scheduled so far: Alexander Chee, Ted Chiang, Susan Choi, Edwidge Danticat, Sarah Dessen, Akwaeke Emezi, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jenny Han, Aleksandar Hemon, Mira Jacob, Marlon James, N.K. Jemisin, Lucy Knisley, Laila Lalami, Jessica Lange, DeRay Mckesson, Bill McKibben, Mary Norris, Joyce Carol Oates, Ben Passmore, Matt Taibbi, Mo Willems, Meg Wolitzer, Nell Zink, and hundreds more. brooklynbookfestival.org
(9/17-10/7) Madonna: Madame X Tour does an intimate residency at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Limited tickets still available. (*Please note beginning date schedule change).
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