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Haunted houses, free cookies, a new SoHo taproom, and more.
Thrillist, a site with tons of food, drink, travel & entertainment info, introduces folks to the coolest things to do in NYC (and other places when you are traveling). I like to check them out regularly. You should, too.
“While it’s totally unfair that 2020 brings us the first Halloween in years that actually falls on a Saturday, at least we gain an extra hour that night to scream into oblivion. And whether you need to howl it out for cathartic purposes or think that this year has already been terrifying enough, there’s more frights to be had for everyone this weekend in NYC.
Hit up one of NYC’s hair-raising haunted houses, do an adult version of trick-or-treat by scoring a free cookie at a new Brooklyn bakery, or toast to the chillier weather by taking a day trip to an après-ski bar with a hot “pool-cuzzi”—we’ve rounded up nine actually cool things to eat, drink, see, and do in NYC this weekend. And while the current rate of new COVID-19 cases in New York remains low in comparison to other states, please always social distance responsibly and wear a mask when possible.”
With early voting in effect all weekend, now’s the time to make your voice heard (early voting ends November 1, but of course you can still vote on Election Day!). While you might encounter long lines at your early voting poll site, we’ve made the wait a little easier by rounding up our favorite handheld foods to snack on before you cast your ballot. And if you’ve got any questions about voting in NYC, we’ve got all the answers right here .
Cost: Free to vote; snack prices vary
This Halloween weekend, assemble your masked crew of friends and visit Greenwich Village’s many ghosts, sip a few rounds of a spooky concoction at a Tim Burton-inspired bar, or explore any of the other terrifying spots NYC has to offer. We’ve rounded them all up in a handy guide so you can decide which of the haunted houses or Halloween-themed attractions you’d like to scare the daylight (savings) out of you.
Cost: Depends how spooky you get
Saturday, October 31, 1pm
Chip NYC —home of the ooey gooey cookies stuffed with everything from key lime pie to pumpkin spice—is celebrating Halloween by opening its very first Brooklyn location. To get you in the trick-or-treat mood, they’re serving up “Frightfetti” sugar cookies stuffed with orange and black sprinkles and “Monster Chip” brown sugar cookies studded with dark chocolate chips and M&Ms. The first 100 customers get a free cookie with purchase, so be sure to set your alarm.
Cost: $3.50 per cookie
Saturday, October 31, 2pm-6pm
If you’ve had enough scares in 2020 for 10,000 Halloweens, head to PDA’s Halloween block party on their Brooklyn patio for a fright-free time, instead. With seasonal pizza specials, live jazz, and oysters, it’s a lot more treat than trick. They’ll have hot cocktails to warm your bones, including the Johnny’s Walking Potion made with bourbon, cider, ginger, and apples. The day’s shaping up to be a chilly one, so your mask should keep you nice and warm!
Cost: Cocktails start at $12
Can’t get away for a ski trip to Zermatt? Recreate the cozy vibes with a day trip to TWA, JFK’s retro hotel. They’re heating up their outdoor pool to 95 degrees to make a “pool-cuzzi” where you can soak while pretending you are, in fact, in Switzerland. The hotel also remade the pool bar into the après ski-themed Runway Chalet, where they’ll be serving up warm cocktails in front of a vintage fireplace. You need to be a guest of the hotel to use the pool or bar, but day passes are available for a short getaway.
Cost: Day passes start at $109
Torch & Crown, the brewery that’s been making its beer in the Bronx since 2018, has finally opened its long-awaited brewery and taproom in Manhattan. At the bar, you’ll find their beloved beers on tap, including the “Almost Famous” New England IPA and the “Stoop Beer” American lager. If beer isn’t your thing, don’t worry—their cocktail menu features a negroni on draft. Chow down on made-for-day-drinking snacks like pork rinds and beef jerky while you toast to the end of October.
Cost: Draft beers start at $8
Sunday, November 1
One World Observatory, with its 360 degree views from the 102nd floor of One World Trade Center, is reopening this Sunday. After a 47-second elevator ride in the tallest building of the western hemisphere, you’ll get a whole new perspective on NYC. While the Observatory is typically an attraction for out-of-towners, these quiet days are the perfect time to act like a tourist in your own city. From way up there, you’ll have the whole city as your photo background—pose in front of the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Governor’s Island, and the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges.
Cost: Tickets start at $38
Sunday, November 1, 7pm
Cochon 55, a “nose-to-tail” touring celebration of all things pork, is bringing their annual festival directly into your home. With all of the Cochon 55 events going virtual, you’ll have the chance to pick up their piggie delights and enjoy them in your very own apartment. This Sunday’s carry-out menu from Italian chef Roberto Caporuscio includes a charcuterie board, a truffle burrata appetizer, a pork and beef meatball, pizza with roasted pork, and a strawberry tiramisu. You can eat your way through the courses (and their wine and spirit pairings!) while you attend the virtual event on Zoom.
Cost: Tickets start at $100
The Winter Village at Bryant Park, home to an ice skating rink; the adorable, European-inspired Holiday Shops; and a rinkside bar where you can warm up with a snack and a cocktail, is opening for the season. With COVID-19 precautions including socially-distant walkways and contactless payment for rink reservations, it’s a safe way to celebrate the season. Swap your leather jacket for a puffer, find your pom-pom hat in the back of the closet, and get in the winter mood!
Cost: Free to explore
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New York magazine is biweekly these days and every issue has a wonderful section, “The Culture Pages,” which includes a “To Do” list – 25 things to see, hear, watch, and read. Here are my favorites from the current issue (Oct.28-Nov.11).
The Ghosts of Versailles
Featuring a young Renée Fleming.
In 1991, the Metropolitan Opera made its long-awaited return to contemporary opera after 25 years of wallowing in the past. It did so with a work that wallowed in the past. Long gestating, theatrically dazzling, sumptuously cast, wildly expensive, and ambivalently reviewed, John Corigliano’s romp through 18th-century styles made a splash, popped up again a few years later, and then vanished from the company’s repertoire. Fortunately, the broadcast, first televised in 1992, is still around to stream. —Justin Davidson
metopera.org, October 31.
State of Darkness
It’s been more than 30 years since dancer and choreographer Molissa Fenley first performed her fiercely concentrated State of Darkness, set to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Now she’s spent the summer coaching (from a distance) seven dancers, all from different companies with different styles, each of whom gives the work a distinctive stamp. The series, streamed from the Joyce Theater, concludes with successive turns by Lloyd Knight, Cassandra Trenary, and Sara Mearns. —Justin Davidson
joyce.org, through November 1.
In two parts.
Weill and Brecht’s grit-crusted “play with music” was built to fit just about any stage or even no stage at all. The start-up company City Lyric Opera has found a way to adapt it to technology and separation, without stinting on theatrical effect, for a two-week run. —J.D.
citylyricopera.org, October 29 to November 15.
Leilah Babirye is one of the strongest artists to have emerged in the past five years. Her ceramic, wood, metal, and found-object sculptures and assemblages pack optical punches and deliver dollops of passion, power, material intelligence, spiritual wisdom, off-the-wall humor, and almost revolutionary ancestral identity politics. She’s taking back whole swaths of art history, deploying stolen tropes, remaking visual history, and remembering the past in medium-size objects that all possess talismanic dignity and tenderness. —J.S.
Gordon Robichaux, 41 Union Square West, through November 22.
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare
All the men and women merely silverware.
In 2018, British experimental troupe Forced Entertainment visited New York with its sweetly brilliant object-theater series Table Top Shakespeare: In each episode, an actor retells a condensed version of one of Shakespeare’s plays, “casting” the parts with various bits and bobs like teapots or pepper grinders. I caught the ensemble’s Antony and Cleopatra — the Egyptian queen was a gilded bit of crockery — and it absolutely knocked my saltcellar off. Now, with kitchen tables among the few sanctioned performance spaces, the company has begun streaming a domestic version of the series, making every miniature play available for free. A new one appears online each night; all told, there are 36. Collect ’em all. —Helen Shaw (Sept.17 – Nov.15)
*This article appears in the October 26, 2020, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!
85-pictures-that-make-us-miss-nycs-halloween-parade (Brooklyn Vegan)
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 29 – November 04)
10/29 – The Mountain Goats Jordan Lake Sessions
10/29 – Okkervil River, Rarities and Requests from City Winery
10/29 – Every Vote Counts with Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Lin-Manuel Miranda
10/30 – “A Rufus-Retro-Wainwright-Spective” series
10/31 – The Cure – Teenage Cancer Trust benefit
10/31 – Christine and the Queens, Romy, Purity Ring & others, Pabllo Vittar’s Halloween Club Night
11/1 – 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Grateful Dead‘s American Beauty with Amy Helm, Jorma Kaukonen, Railroad Earth and more
11/2 – We The People – performances and commentary from The Public Theater
11/3 – I Voted Festival: Jim James, Billie Eilish, Trey Anastasio, Colin Meloy, Chris Thile, Julien Baker and more
11/4 – Toshi Reagon‘s Post Election Concert – with special guests, on Joe’s Pub’s Youtube Channel
With New York’s art scene being so prominent yet ever-changing, you’ll want to be sure to catch significant exhibitions. Time Out New York rounds up the best art shows and exhibits in NYC, from offerings at the best photography and art galleries in NYC to shows at renowned institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim.” (TONY)
Editors’ Picks: 23 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From Calder-Inspired Halloween Costumes to the ‘Great Pumpkin Path’ (artnet.com)
Here’s how the art world is spending Halloween week.