65 Sensational Things To Do In NYC This September
By Claire Leaden – SecretNYC
September in New York is arguably the best month of the year.
It’s still warm of course, but with the fall quickly approaching, the possibilities for outdoor activities are pretty much endless!
Here are my top 10. For all the rest go HERE
4. Step into the enigmatic world of Banksy: Genius or Vandal?
NYC’s highly anticipated exhibition on the iconic (and always anonymous) British street artist Banksy has finally opened! Guiding visitors through numerous sculptures, videos, photos, original works and limited edition screen prints, you’ll get to witness over 100 genuine and certified artworks by street art legend and learn more about his inspirations and statements. Get tickets here.
5. See how many zombies you can take out at this Army of the Dead VR experience
Battle the dead, save the living…and get out! Now open right outside NYC in Paramus, NJ, this mind-blowing VR experience will drop you in zombie-infested Las Vegas to see how many evil shamblers you can destroy on your rescue mission. Don’t forget to treat yourself to tacos and margaritas afterwards. Get tickets here.
7. Finally catch a Broadway show
After almost two years, Broadway is finally reopening!! Theater-lovers (and just regular New Yorkers), rejoice! Though previews have already begun, most shows are reopening beginning in the middle of the month — around September 14 — (though proof of vaccination and face masks are required). Find out when your favorite shows are reopening here.
8. Celebrate the Feast of San Gennaro
NYC’s feasts of all feasts is back! The feast of San Gennaro takes over Little Italy each year for 11 days, this year will mark the 94th anniversary of this special festival. After a two-year hiatus due to COVD-19, the street fair will be back in all its Italian glory beginning September 16. Read more here.
9. Explore the world of James Bond at this 007 experience in NYC
There’s a 007 x Spyscape exhibit opening in NYC—two blocks from MOMA in midtown Manhattan—starting September 1. If you’re a James Bond die-hard and looking to experience the thrill of being in the iconic movies, this experience is for you! So get ready for a one-of-a-kind exhibition and buy your tickets here.
10. Take in a stunning concert by candlelight in NYC’s most spellbinding spaces
Treat yourself to a relaxing evening surrounded by shimmering candlelight and beautiful music at Fever’s incredible Candlelight concerts in NYC. From classical to jazz, to movie soundtracks on strings, and in spaces spanning from stunning historic cathedrals to pristine rooftops, there’s something for everyone. Get your tickets here.
11. Dive under the sea at this immersive Little Mermaid cocktail experience
Give us all the immersive experiences! The newest one coming to NYC in November is the Little Mermaid Cocktail Experience, pairing three craft, seafaring-themed cocktails with a theatrical reimagining of the Hans Christian Andersen classic. Get your fins on tickets here…
12. Take a ride on the Times Square Ferris Wheel
Times Square’s first-ever outdoor ferris just opened for a limited time, allowing New Yorkers and visitors alike to take in the famous billboards from 110 feet in the air! It’s only open through September 12, so catch it while you can. Read more here.
13. Visit Grand Central Oyster Bar
If you’d prefer to eat your seafood, the oldest restaurant in Grand Central is finally reopening. The Grand Central Oyster Bar will welcome back guests starting September 7. Read more here.
14. See the Obama Portraits in person at the Brooklyn Museum
Our own Brooklyn Museum is one of the stops on the Smithsonian’s national tour of the iconic Obama portraits. Kehinde Wiley painted the oil-on-canvas portrait of President Obama, while Amy Sherald painted the oil-on-linen portrait of the former First Lady. They were unveiled in February of 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery and have been met with immense acclaim ever since. The museum has even seen a record number of visitors the last two years the portraits have been on display. So now, they’re spreading the love! Visit them August 27, 2021-October 24, 2021.
15 Perfect Itineraries For How To Spend 24 Hours In NYC, According To NYers – Secret NYC
“Need some new weekend plans?
Of course NYC is the city that has everything, and there are unlimited restaurants, activities, arts, museums, theater, parks, etc. to enjoy. But if you need to liven up your weekend plans, or are visiting the city and want a not-too-touristy itinerary while still seeing the sights, OR have friends coming into town, these 15 itineraries provide the perfect ideas!
We asked our followers what they would tell someone who asked them the best way to spend 24 hours in NYC, and they delivered. Check them out below, and you can read the original post here for even more ideas.”
Here are just three Itineraries. For ALL the others go HERE
- Walk along Broadway starting from Battery Park going uptown, but before you do that, take a round trip ride on the Staten Island Ferry to see the harbor and the skyline
- Then along the way, you can divert from Broadway to see some major spots like the One World Trade Center and the Brooklyn Bridge
- But after diverting, go back to Broadway and keep walking uptown. Don’t sit to take a break for too long, just to grab a bite.
- Then finish at Central Park. Best in spring or fall!
- Head to Queens and take the Long Island City Ferry station, enjoying the city views and the bridges
- Get off in Brooklyn and walk the Brooklyn Bridge, heading towards the 9/11 memorial and the new development in the area
- Catch lunch at Brookfield Place by the water and walk your way down to the Staten Island Ferry
- Get on board and enjoy the view of the Statue of Liberty for free
- Then get on a return ferry and back to downtown Manhattan and then back home to relax
- If you don’t fall asleep (like we did), a night at a rooftop would be perfect
- Early morning walk on the High Line
- Jazz brunch at 1803
- Check out some local flea markets (like Chelsea Flea)
- Hit up a museum (like Fotografiska, The Morgan Library, or the Museum of Modern Art)
- Pre-dinner drink at R Lounge
- Dinner at one of our amazing restaurants
- Night cap at Bo Peep
- Fill your time WALKING the city and enjoying the parks
Best new NYC restaurants
If you are looking for some of the best info on food and drink, restaurants and eating in New York City, then you want to head to New York magazine’s Grub Street.
Right now you want to check out: The Return of Restaurants
“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.”
Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, Photographs by Dina Litovsky
Here are 3 more of my faves:
Take in Park Views With Your Kelewele
Teranga / 1280 Fifth Ave.
The trapezoidal windows at Teranga have long afforded patrons panoramic vistas of Central Park North, but the city’s embrace of outdoor dining has made Pierre Thiam’s West African–leaning venue even more appealing than before. Now you can snack on kelewele (spicy roast plantains) right at the edge of the park, overlooking the verdant trees while enjoying a warm summer breeze. On a recent Friday, I sat near a pair of diners, one of them relaxing in a jujitsu T-shirt, as I made quick work of a yassa bowl: tender chicken thighs slathered in saucy golden onions. If indoor dining is still quiet here, you’ll never feel alone in the alfresco area. Folks zoom by on hoverboards and messenger bikes, shaved-ice vendors pour polychromatic syrups into snowy cups, and people flood in and out of the park.—R.P.S.
Eat to the Beat in Hell’s Kitchen
Guantanamera / 939 Eighth Ave.
The conga drums are back. Their steady beats spill out onto Eighth Avenue, where outdoor patrons sip minty mojitos on white tablecloths. Although this Hell’s Kitchen Cuban canteen served porky lechon asado and garlicky cassava throughout the pandemic, what was missing for months was the music — the prickly guitars and folksy Caribbean tunes that have made the restaurant an accessible spot for everyday salsa dancing. Ceiling fans spin overhead near the open-air frontage as waiters ferry crisp Cubano sandwiches and some of the city’s finest vaca frita: shredded skirt steak that’s seared until it achieves the texture of soft jerky. —R.P.S.
Taste the Middle East on the Upper West
Dagon / 2454 Broadway
Airy and sun-drenched, the dining room pulsates with Israeli pop and a steady conversational hum. If you didn’t know better, you would think you’d wandered into some beachside hot spot in Tel Aviv, not a post-pandemic restaurant in the sleepy West 90s. Chef Ari Bokovza’s Levantine-leaning menu looks similar to others across the city. But the familiar mezze and salads take a fun turn with delectable things like shishbarak (Lebanese mushroom-filled dumplings) and kubaneh, the fluffy Yemenite Jewish bread that you pull apart like Parker House rolls. —B.O.
Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
these 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.