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“Do you have your Halloween look picked out yet? With only one more weekend to go before the big day, it’s time to start shopping for the perfect face covering to go with your costume. Then again, if your face mask of the past seven months is also going to be your Halloween ensemble, there’s plenty of haunted houses and spooky attractions where you can go flaunt it.
But for this weekend, you can kick off the start of early voting in NYC, try Korean bingsoo shaved ice sundaes from a brand-new shop, find your new winter wardrobe at a curated vintage pop-up in Industry City, or take an eight-mile hike through the woods without leaving the five boroughs—we’ve rounded up actually fun things to eat, drink, see, and do in NYC.
Friday, October 23, 6pm
Upper West Side
For one night only, ramen chef Shigetoshi Nakamura will be serving up piping bowls of noodles to warm your bones in this chilly weather. Only 100 bowls of torigara chicken, tontoro creamy pork, and spicy vegan sesame miso will be available, so make sure to get in line to slurp up the one you want. The pop-up starts at 6pm at comfort-food restaurant Good Enough To Eat and ends when the ramen runs out.
Cost: Bowls start at $17
Saturday, October 24
October 24 kicks off the first day of early voting in NYC. Celebrate your constitutional right and make your voice heard by joining a rally with Plus1Vote, an organization dedicated to getting out the vote. If you’re in Brooklyn, you can join a 10am rally at Grand Army Plaza, then make your way with the crowd to the polling place at the Brooklyn Museum; in Manhattan, the gathering starts in Washington Square Park at 12:30pm and moves to the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts for the crowd to cast their votes. And check out our voting primer for more resources and tips to stay safe while voting.
The 11th annual Harlem Restaurant Week shines a spotlight on one of NYC’s best food destinations. Running until the end of the month, participating bars and restaurants are offering $25 prix fixe lunches and $35 prix fixe dinners, letting you take full advantage of the city’s extended outdoor dining (takeout and delivery are available, too!). Have a meal at a Harlem standby like Ruby’s Vintage Harlem or try out a new spot—it’s the perfect time to find your next neighborhood favorite.
Cost: Prix fixe lunch is $25; prix fixe dinner is $35
Saturday, October 24 – Sunday, October 25
The vintage curators at A Current Affair are bringing a pop-up marketplace of clothes, accessories, and jewelry to Industry City. This weekend, they’re featuring the best of the best from shops including Foundation Vintage, James Veloria, and Lady Lancaster. If swiping your credit card tends to work up your appetite, stop by the marketplace’s Taza Mkt pop-up for a bite. The event is entirely outside and socially-distant, so while the event is free, just know that entry may be limited.
Cost: Free to browse
Lazy Sundaes, a brand-new bubble tea and bingsoo sundae spot from Tammy Na and Amber Luan, is bringing a fresh dessert to your Insta feeds. Bingsoo, a Korean treat that layers shaved milk ice with toppings, is offered up with traditional flavors like red bean preserves, matcha, condensed milk, and mochi, or new favorites like Oreo crumbles and gummy worms. While bingsoo is typically made to be shared, Lazy Sundaes is offering individual portions so your friends can keep their spoons to themselves.
Cost: Bingsoo sundaes start at $8
Saturday, October 24 – Sunday, October 25
The New York Botanical Garden’s Great Pumpkin Path is getting their delivery of absolutely humongous pumpkins this Saturday. With pumpkins weighing up to 2,000 pounds—that’s about the weight of a full-grown walrus or the Liberty Bell—they make the perfect backdrop for fall photos or a first date. After you ooh and aww over the squash, head to the Botanical Garden’s Thain Family Forest, the largest uncut swath of New York City’s original woodlands, for some fall foliage.
Cost: Tickets are $15 for NYC residents; $22 for non-residents
To celebrate Classic Blue, Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year, the Celestial light show is bringing the blue hue to life. Made to be Instagrammed (wear blue to fit in with the theme, or a contrasting color to stand out), the newly-opened digital installation at ARTECHOUSE uses lasers and sound to create a totally immersive experience. All COVID-19 protocols are being followed, so get your timed entry ticket in advance to ensure your spot.
Cost: Tickets start at $19
Sunday, October 25, 10am
You don’t need to leave the five boroughs to go on a brisk fall hike! Together with NYC’s Urban Park Rangers, this guided trail through the Staten Island Greenbelt starts at Willowbrook Park and ends at Great Kills Park, offering lots of opportunities for fresh air and leaf-peeping as you go. The hike is 8 long miles one way—or 16 miles round trip—so come prepared with good hiking shoes, clothes you’re willing to get dirty, and plenty of water and snacks.
Cost: Free, but registration is required
Molto Stretto, a sandwich shop that’s a favorite of Los Angeles sandwich connoisseurs, is opening up a Brooklyn location inside Livingston Manor bar. With sandwiches like the Ill Papa, made with mortadella, capicola, chorizo, manchego, giardiniera, and dijonnaise, and the Spicy Salami with Calabrian honey, arugula, and parm, they’re slinging the perfect sandos to soak up your weekend drinks.
Cost: Sandwiches start at $10
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“Looking for the best things to do in NYC this weekend? Whether you’re spontaneous, searching for things to do in NYC today, or love to plan ahead, you can celebrate the cooler weather by exploring plenty of fall-fun across the city, including exploring autumnal colors at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, booking a private heated igloo on a rooftop and trying pizza at a secret speakeasy inside of a bagel shop. Whatever you do, get out there and make it a fall weekend to remember.”
WFUV-FM 90.7 is my fave local radio station. Noncommercial, member-supported with a format of adult album alternative music, WFUV is doing it’s best to keep us connected to our music with a comprehensive, updated list of live music online.
WFUV Live Online (October 22 – October 28)
10/22 – The Mountain Goats: The Jordan Lake Sessions
10/22 – The National’s Matt Berninger Q&A
10/22 – Pearl Jam from the Vault, on the 30th anniversary of the band’s first live performance
10/23-25 Afropunk Planet three-day festival featuring Bootsy Collins, Meshell Ndegeocello and more
10/23 – This is the Kit, Rough Trade Instagram
10/23 – Rufus-Retro-Wainwright-Spective” with Q&A
10/23 – Tori Amos conversation with Kate Feld, Manchester Literature Festival
10/24 – HAIM, Go Global Gala livestream
10/24 – Kermit Ruffins and the B.B.Q. Swingers
10/24 – Chance the Rapper, Questlove (DJ), Jamie Foxx and LL Cool J on Black Entrepreneurs Day
10/25 – Village of Love Planned Parenthood Benefit with Angel Olsen, Brittany Howard, Deep Sea Diver, Phoebe Bridgers, Ezra Furman and more
10/25 – The Lemonheads from Bowery Electric
10/25 – Cold War Kids play New Age Norms 1 and 2 from LA
10/26 – Lilly Hiatt, live from City Winery Nashville
Watch these classic musical theater performances from the comfort of your couch.
“With Broadway dark until at least 2021, fans of musical theater are hungry for shows they can watch from home. That’s where BroadwayHD comes in. A streaming service aimed at theater lovers, BroadwayHD offers some 300 whole, high-quality, professionally filmed live theater performances from Broadway, London’s West End and beyond. (Some have been acquired from existing catalogs, while others have been created especially for the channel.) Subscriptions cost just $8.99 a month—and for new subscribers, the first week is free.”
When it’s back, the city will be too.
By Ethan Wolff
“October is here, somehow, and even if we’re still living virtually there are plenty of great live presentations headed our way. We’re looking forward to hearing from Deepak Chopra, Nancy Pelosi, Jelani Cobb, Andrew Cuomo, Matthew McConaughey, and many more.”
ThoughtGallery is my primo site for “Smart Stuff” – the types of events you will find fascinating if you are just a little curious. Check them out every day – ThoughtGallery
STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – MASK UP AND STAY SAFE.