What’s Happening September 2019
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NYC’s September calendar is brimming with excitement, including tons of festivals, exhibits, and Broadway fall previews. The US Open starts the month off, plus there are blockbuster concerts, the San Gennaro Festival, the Chile Pepper Festival, the Cloisters’ Medival Festival, and much more!
Things to Do in New York in September: Exhibits
Terry O’Neill (British, born 1938). Raquel Welch in a Pierre Cardin outfit featuring a miniskirt and necklace in blue vinyl, worn with a Plexiglas visor, 1970. Image courtesy of Iconic Images. © Terry O’Neill / Iconic Images.
(7/20-1/5/20) Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion at Brooklyn Museum is the first Cardin retrospective hosted in New York in 40 years. It will display over 170 objects from the Pierre Cardin archive, including fashion pieces. It will also make connections between Cardin’s futuristic aesthetic and that of his design contemporaries. Cardin’s bold, geometric fashions reflected mid-century advances in technology and industry—most explicitly those concerned with space exploration. In fact, on a visit to NASA in 1971, Cardin donned an Apollo 13 astronaut suit and became the only civilian ever to do so! brooklynmuseum.org
(9/1-9/2, 9/7-9/8) Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit The event showcases fine artists and craft artisans from around the New York metropolitan area, the nation and the world. Attendees come from all over and are a cosmopolitan mix, including art lovers, tourists, faculty and students from the area’s many schools and professionals such as interior designers. wsoae.org
(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, providing an accessible venue for the public to 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, extraordinary nighttime programming, and our Education Day that brings together hundreds of public school students for a unique photo-based field trip. FREE!
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 in this exhibition will 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.
(Now-10/1) Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Rollat the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 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 Met is the appropriate place for this show. It’s the first time a music exhibit of this magnitude has been presented, co-organized with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. While guitars primarily make up the exhibit (you can see the white guitar Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock, Prince’s 1993 “Love Symbol” guitar, one of Pete Townshend’s smashed guitars encased in Lucite, and Joan Jett’s guitar, among others), there are other instruments, including Jerry Lee Lewis’s gold baby grand piano, Lady Gaga’s custom Artpop piano, and The Who’s drum kit. #MetRockandRoll
Pieces from Shepard Fairey’s Obey Giant series, part of his 30th anniversary collection. Photo: Dan Bradica, courtesy of Beyond the Streets.
(Now-9/29) Extended! Beyond the Streetsat 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.
(Now-9/8) Last chance!! Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything at The Jewish Museum is the first exhibition entirely devoted to the imagination and legacy of the influential singer/songwriter, man of letters, and global icon from Montréal, Canada. The exhibition includes commissioned works by a range of international artists who have been inspired by Cohen’s style and recurring themes in his work, a video projection showcasing Cohen’s own drawings, and an innovative multimedia gallery where visitors can hear covers of Cohen’s songs by musicians such as Lou Doillon; Feist; Moby; and The National with Sufjan Stevens, Ragnar Kjartansson, and Richard Reed Parry, among others.
(Second half 7/24-1/5/20) Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the most critically acclaimed and controversial American artists of the late 20th century, is represented in great depth in the Guggenheim’s collection. In 1993 the museum received a generous gift of approximately two hundred photographs and unique objects from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, creating one of the most comprehensive public repositories in the world of this important artist’s work. In 2019, 30 years after the artist’s death, the Guggenheim will celebrate the sustained legacy of his work with a yearlong exhibition in two sequential parts in the museum’s Mapplethorpe Gallery on Tower Level 4.
(Ongoing) Faith and Empire at the Rubin Museum. Religion has influenced and empowered countless political leaders throughout history, and Tibetan Buddhism is no exception. “Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism”is the first exhibition of its kind to explore Tibetan Buddhism’sdynamic political role in the empires of Asia from the 7th to the early 20th century. Artwork highlights include a set of 8th-century gilt-silver drinking vessels from the Tibetan Empire; an early 13th-century wrathful icon made of silk and ornamented with tiny seed pearls; a 4 ½-foot-tall 680-pound gilt-bronze bodhisattva from the early 15th-century Ming court; and a 19th-century 8-feet-wide Mongolian depiction of the final battle against the heretics and nonbelievers. The exhibition is arranged chronologically, beginning with the Tibetan Empire in the 7th century, and includes sections on the Tangut kingdom of Xixia, the Mongol Empire, the Chinese Ming dynasty, the rule of the Dalai Lamas, and the Manchu Qing dynasty.
(Permanent)The Jim Henson Exhibitionat the Museum of the Moving Image will celebrate the life and legacy of the famed Muppet creator, exploring both his prolific career and the enduring effect his work has on pop culture to this day. Visitors can expect to learn more about the creation of such beloved works as The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labryinth, as well as to discover the cutting-edge experimental works Henson made throughout his career.
(Permanent) The Museum of the City of New YorkpresentsNY at Its Core. Ten years in the making, New York at Its Core presents the compelling story of New York’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World.” The exhibition captures the human energy that drove New York to become a city like no other and a subject of fascination the world over. Entertaining, inspiring, important, and at times bemusing, New York City “big personalities,” including Alexander Hamilton, Walt Whitman, Boss Tweed, Emma Goldman, JP Morgan, Fiorello La Guardia, Jane Jacobs, Jay-Z, and dozens more, parade through the exhibition.
Things to Do in New York in September: Comedy
(9/5)The Gotham All-Stars Taping Hosted by Pete Davidsonat Gotham Comedy Club. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of a live virtual reality event with Oculus & NextVR hosted by Pete Davidson!
(9/6-9/7) Adam Ray at Gotham Comedy Club.
(9/12) Dave Hill’s Live Comedy Album Recording at Union Hall, with Dave Hill and Clare O’Kane.
(9/13-9/14) Colin Kane at Gotham Comedy Club.
(9/20-9/21) Adam Ferrara at Gotham Comedy Club.
Things to Do in New York in September: Kids
(9/21-9/22) Now in its 37th year, the traditional County Fair at the Queens County Farm Museum features blue ribbon competitions in produce, livestock, arts and crafts, and more. Enjoy the Amazing Maize Maze, pie-eating and corn-husking contests, pig-racing, hayrides, carnival rides, and a midway. Visit craft vendors, food vendors, enjoy music, and more. 11am-6pm. queensfarm.org
Photo: Chris Lee
(9/22) Fall Family Day at Carnegie Hall. Families can enjoy live performances, build their own instruments, sing and dance with professional musicians, and more. This event runs from 12 PM to 4 PM. Join in for an enriching afternoon of musical fun for the whole family. FREE.
(Ongoing) Aspiring scientists and astronauts will want to explore the New York Hall of Science in Queens, brimming with interactive exhibits (plus an outdoor playground).
Things to Do in NYC in September: Food, Music, & Nightlife
(9/7) Pig Island 2019 at Erie Basin Park in Red Hook, Brooklyn. It’s back, celebrating its 10th anniversary! Chefs will be cooking half or whole Flying Pigs Farm pigs. Special ribs challenges! Fletcher’s Brooklyn BBQ, Hoodoo Brown BBQ and many others. Craft beer, cider & spirits. Celebrity judges. Live music. pigisland.com
(8/29-9/2)Celebrate Brooklyn’s global influence in music and promote social justice at Brooklyn Music Week. Look for live performances, art and fashion exhibitions, panel guests, themed parties, and more. brooklynmusicweek.com
(9/3-9/5) Hot Chip at Brooklyn Steel.
(9/7-9/14) New York Shakespeare Exchange’s ShakesBEER Turns 30! New York Shakespeare Exchange (NYSX) announces the 30th consecutive NYC original Shakespearean Pub Crawl: ShakesBEER turns 30! on September 7 & 14, 2019 from 3-6 PM. The crawl begins in Alphabet City at The Donnybrook (35 Clinton St, Manhattan) with check-in at 2:30pm and moves to Parkside Lounge, C Lounge, and Mama’s Bar. Tickets are $49 and are available at https://shakesbeer.brownpapertickets.com/. Tickets include performance and four drinks (beer, wine, and select cocktails). $25 “sober” tickets are also available, which include admission only.
(9/6-9/14) It’s New York Fashion Week, and there will be afterparties.nyfw.com
Image: Maro Hagopian & Sasha Zabelina
(9/7-9/8) Bushwig returns to the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens for 23 hours of over 160 performers and non-stop drag, live music, and DJ sets from legendary and rising children of New York and the world! Featuring two stages of drag plus, shopping, food vendors, ice cold drinks from SIX+ bars, Cheeky darkroom, VIP Kiki-lounge, friendly LGBTQ security, and a FREE direct shuttle bus from the Jefferson L station to the venue! 21+. bushwig.com
(9/9) Antoni in the Kitchen: NYC A Delicious Conversation at The Town Hall. Join Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski for a special evening of beautiful conversation and fun, in partnership with Williams Sonoma to celebrate the publication of his first cookbook, Antoni in the Kitchen.
(9/12-10/7) Madonna: Madame X Tour does an intimate residency at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Limited tickets still available.
(9/13-10/20) Oktoberfest NYC.
(9/22, 24) Lizzo : Cuz I Love You, Too Tourstops by Radio City Music Hall.
(9/20) Jeff Buckley & Gary Lucas The Lost Songs at The Cutting Room. Besides their well known anthems “Grace” & “Mojo Pin”, Buckley & Lucas have written a dozen songs. Tonight Lucas pays tribute to his friend by performing their lost songs, among others.
(9/20-9/22) The Big Chocolate Show is returning to the New York City area for the fourth consecutive year. This weekend-long event, which features both family-friendly activities and a special 21+ area, is moving to Resorts World Casino NYC in Queens, the “World’s Borough.” Featuring three full days of samples, chocolate tastings, live demonstrations, and classes, The Big Chocolate Show benefits Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national nonprofit committed to funding research for new, improved and less invasive treatments for kids’ cancers. Tickets are on sale now at thebigchocolateshow.com. Use City Guide’s discount code (CITY20) for 20% off!
(9/23) Conversations with Nick Cave at The Town Hall: An Evening of Talk and Music. Described by Cave as “an exercise in connectivity,” no subject is sacred and audiences are encouraged to be bold and challenging, confrontational and unafraid.
(9/28) New York Vegandale Food & Drink Festival at Randall’s Island. Back for a second year (originating out of Toronto), this time a full weekend schedule of food, drinks, music, and art. vegandalefest.com
(9/30) Deborah Harry speaks at Town Hall, to discuss her memoir, Face It, out Oct. 1. With Chris Stein and Rob Roth.
(Ongoing) 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! On view now through August, 2019. 251 Spring St., email@example.com,colorfactory.co, @colorfactoryco
Things to Do in New York in September: Sightseeing
© Stu99 | Dreamstime.com – Little Italy Photo
(9/12-9/22)The Feast of San Gennarocelebrates its 93rd anniversary this year! It’s NYC’s longest running, biggest religious outdoor festival, stretching along the streets of Little Italy.sangennaro.org
(9/1) The annual Brazilian Day Festival returns to Manhattan’s Little Brazil (around 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues). Load up on tasty food, music, vendors, and more. brazilianday.com
(8/26-9/8) We can think of one good reason to look forward to the end of the summer, especially if you’re a big-time tennis fan: the 2019 U.S. Open Tennis Championships, held right here in New York City. This will be the tournament’s 139th year, with Flushing Meadows, Queens hosting all the excitement. One of the most prestigious events in tennis, the U.S. Open is the final event in the Grand Slam, following the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon. The matches are easily reached by subway; some 700,000 fans attend the U.S. Open every year. Tickets for the biggest matches can be scarce, but with tennis of this caliber, even a warm-up rally on a side court can be thrilling. Just getting onto the grounds is exciting, and you’ll find a full range of food to keep your energy from flagging. usopen.org
(9/16) 36th Annual Antique Motorcycle Show at Queens County Farm. The show will include a display of various 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
(9/21) The German-American Steuben Parade kicks off at noon, marching along Fifth Ave., from 68th Street to 86th Street. The festivities continue at the 2019OktoberFest at Watermark Pier 15 (9/13-9/15, 9/21-9/22, 9/28-9/29, 10/5-10/6). Prost!
(9/21-11/10) Circle Line’s Bear Mountain Cruise is back! Take a cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain State park, while enjoying the autumnal sights and our on-board Oktoberfest with live oom-pah music, and German food and beer (available for purchase). Bear Mountain State Park features 50+ hiking and biking trails, a stunning lake with paddle boats, a zoo, museum and The Bear Mountain Inn restaurant (reservations recommended!). There’s a 30 minute walk up a winding path to access these facilities. Adults from $65+, kids 5-12, $52+.
(9/29) The 44th Annual Atlantic Antic is the largest street festival in NYC, taking place along Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. atlanticave.org
(9/28) The Chile Pepper Festival 2019 at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Save the date for New York’s spiciest fall tradition! Brooklyn’s end-of-summer blowout sets the garden ablaze with scorching bands from around the world, dozens of fiery food artisans, and hours of chile-chocolate debauchery.
(9/28) Global Citizen Festival at Central Park This year’s concert will feature acts including Queen fronted by Adam Lambert, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, OneRepublic, H.E.R., and Carole King. Tickets are free, but one must engage in specific activist actions in the realms of health, gender equality, the environment, and/or education, in order to get a ticket. Learn more at globalcitizen.org
(9/29) Cloisters Medieval Festivalin Fort Tryon Park. The Medieval Festival brings to life the customs and spirit of the Middle Ages. Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park is transformed into a medieval market town decorated with bright banners and processional flags. Performers, guests and festival goers dress in medieval costume.
(Now-9/30) Final month! 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. 111 W. 32nd St., rosewinemansion.com, @rosewinemansion
(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.
Things to Do in New York in September: Ongoing
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.
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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriumbrings people of all ages face-to-face with the world’s most unbelievable curiosities. With 18,000 square feet of astonishing artifacts and exciting interactive exhibits. Here’s a coupon!
Bring a loved one to take in the breathtaking view at Top of the Rock.
New York Weather in September
Come September the summer heat is fading and there can be a crispness in the air, particularly in the evenings, making this a great month to visit the city. Highs average 81°F (28°C) on September 1st and cool down to 69°F (21°C) by September 30. Average lows overnight go from 66°F (19°C) at the month’s start all the way down to 55°F (13°C) by month’s end. There’s rain on about 10 days, but it usually isn’t heavy—4 inches in total precipitation is scattered across the month. Bringing an umbrella can’t hurt, but generally you won’t need many layers for September, with little more than a lightweight jacket necessary to meet the elements.
Every month in New York, there are a bewildering number of new dishes to eat, drinks to imbibe, and food-themed events to attend. Often, the hardest part is just figuring out what’s really worth your limited time. So Grub Street kicks off each month with a curated selection of dishes, drinks, and events that should absolutely be on your agenda. Make your plans now.
1. Eat chicken shawarma tacos with jalapeño tahini.
TacoVision: Is it an all-tortilla-content streaming service? Is it a brand whose frontman smokes way too much weed? No, it’s a new restaurant (244 East 53rd St.) from the crew behind Crave Fishbar, opening September 4. A counter-service space with full restaurant and bar upstairs, it will — in a twist worthy of an M. Night Shyamalan movie — focus on tacos. That means conventional tacos like al pastor, but also inventive ones like chicken shawarma with jalapeño tahini, and other dishes like barramundi aguachile with tomatillo broth. They’ll be served on blue-corn tortillas made from Tortilleria Nixtamal’s masa, along with cocktails like the Eye Candy (coconut-washed bourbon and Mexican coke).
2. Go to the very last Vendys.
On September 21, the Vendys — New York’s celebration of street food and the people who make it — will return for one last go around the taco truck. (Tickets are $60 or more for VIP options, and can be purchased here.) In proper finale fashion, the Street Vendors Project will shut it down with a People’s All-Star Vendy Cup category featuring a lineup of past participants. Those include the Arepa Lady, NY Dosas, Lechonera La Piraña, Guandong Cheong Fun, and ten others. There will be two other new categories, including Best Freshman, a lineup that features Birria-Landia, and Best Desserts, which four vendors are up for. Go celebrate the Vendys, one of New York’s great food events.
3. Head just out of the city to check out Dale Talde’s new restaurant.
Dale Talde is back, nine months after separating from the business partners he ran other restaurants with. He’s cooking just north of the city now, and on September 3 will open Goosefeather in the Tarrytown House Estate. The restaurant will focus on Cantonese cooking, in dishes like prawn toast ($15) with pickled chilies and crushed avocado, char siu pork collar ($19) with grilled scallions and spicy mustard, roast duck ($59) with caramelized hoisin, scallions, and pancakes, and shrimp and clam chewy noodles ($26) with Talde’s own XO sauce.
4. Go to a Win Son fundraiser for a public school’s art program …
You are probably used to heading to Win Son for your ice-cream baos and Nutritious sandwich. Consider a different cause (than your need for Taiwanese food) on September 9, when the East Williamsburg restaurant will host a fundraiser for the art department of the nearby Lyons Community School. $15 will get you in the door from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., and they’ll be serving a limited menu from Win Son along with drinks and music. A public school for children who may have struggled in the traditional school system, Lyons Community School is described by one of the school’s mentors and event organizers as trying to bring a progressive approach to inner city education.
5. … Then check out the brand-new Win Son Bakery.
Speaking of Win Son, owners Joshua Ku and Trigg Brown will expand on September 3, for the first time, with Win Son Bakery. Planned to be open all day, it will open at first for breakfast, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and then for dinner, from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The food will be in the same Taiwanese-American vein that’s caught fire at Win Son, so expect egg-and-cheese milk buns, milk bread, and pastries like black sugar egg-custard tarts and mochi doughnuts from Danielle Spencer. Sandwiches will be served at night, along with big chicken boxes with Taiwanese fried chicken, spiced jojos, and scallion pancakes, small vegetable dishes, and plenty of natural wine, cocktails, and Taiwanese beer from Jesse Shapell.
6. Go to a dinner inspired by Dali’s cookbook in Greenpoint.
How about a surrealist dinner inspired by Dali? No, this is not an idea someone cooked up during an acid trip. Yes, it is actually happening on September 5 at 7 p.m., when Greenpoint’s Archestratus Books + Foods will host Le Diner de Dali (tickets are $50). The dinner will feature dishes inspired by the surrealist cookbook, which was republished in 2016 for the first time and was described by Saveur as “one of the most unusual recipes books ever created, a bit like Escoffier on acid.” Put on by Butter & Scotch co-owner Allison Kave and artist Lindsay Mound, it will feature interactive artwork created by Mound and diners are encouraged to reflect the Dali vibe with their outfits. Mark your calendars for September 12, too, when they’ll host Alice Feiring in conversation with writer Melissa Clark to talk about her new book, Natural Wine for the People. (Tickets are $30, wine and cheese will be going down.) Also on September 18 but not at Archestratus, the Centrale is hosting the chef Danny Mena for an event to celebrate his book, Made in Mexico, featuring food from his restaurant La Loncheria and Mezcal de Leyenda cocktails.
7. Eat pie to cope with summer’s end.
If the end of summer is a hard pill to swallow, the antidote may be fall pie. While tickets to Dominique Ansel Kitchen’s annual Pie Night are sold out, you can still pre-order pies off the event menu for pickup at Kitchen, any time from September 10 through October 3. From salted caramel pie to spanakopita, the pie plenitude runs the spectrum from sweet to savory, and this year, customers can also order pies inspired by chef recipes, like Ruth Reichl’s Cherry Crostata, and Danny Meyer’s silky chocolate cream pie, piled high with Chantilly cream and chocolate feathers. In the end, it doesn’t matter that you missed pie night, or that the leaves are changing colors. Grab your forks and go hard — the pie limit does not exist. — Bindu Bansinath
8. Go to a Gourmet reunion.
It’s now been a decade since the last issue of Gourmet was published. To honor the celebrated magazine, former editors are getting together near New Hope, PA (about 90 minutes outside the city). The Farm Cooking School’s Ian Knauer and Shelley Wiseman — who both worked in the magazine’s test kitchen — are hosting the Ode to Gourmet Institute alongside Ruth Reichl. (Grub’s editor, Alan Sytsma, who worked at Gourmet, is participating in the event.) On September 14 and 15 (tickets are $750 for the whole weekend, or $450 for each day), former Gourmet staffers will gather for to host workshops about the modern kitchen and panels on food writing and storytelling, eat wood-fired pizza for lunch, and more. The weekend isn’t cheap, but it’s basically like a Gourmet reunion meets a pop-up magazine.
9. Attend a symposium dedicated to all things corn.
Corn: You love to eat it, drink it, and turn it into something decorative so everyone knows you love fall and pumpkin spice flows through your veins. Also, it’s an absolutely vital crop around the world. On September 8 and 9, Topic48 will put on the Corn Symposium, with support from the great publication New Worlder. Lectures and discussions will take place on the first day ($100 for tickets; second days sold separately) at the New School, with Marion Nestle talking about corn and public health, farmer Zaid Kurideh and chef Victoria Blamey talking about flavor, Masienda’s Jorge Gaviria explaining nixtamalization, and more. The second day’s events will take place around the city, including one ($85) at Saveur on baking corn with Alice Medrich and another ($45) at Estela where you’ll taste corn with Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills. To cap it off, Casa Publica will host chefs for a dinner ($125, including drinks and tip) celebrating corn in Mexico, Peru, and the American South.
10. Drink beer and eat pizza at a party for the new book from New York’s top beer geek.
Beer guy about town and occasional Grub contributor Joshua Bernstein wants to celebrate his new book, Drink Better Beer, with you. So on September 17, the day it’s released, he’s throwing a party that’s also the first time the public will get to drink at Wild East Brewing (623 Sackett Street), a brewery that’s opening this fall in Gowanus. (Tickets are $35 for a book and drinks, or $25 for drinks only.) Drink Czech-style pilsners, fruited Berliner weisse, and more from Wild East, as well as beers from nearby Strong Rope, Neapolitan pies from Groundlings Pizza Co., and more in the 7,000-square-foot space.
11. Head uptown to hear Gwyneth Paltrow talk pasta with chef Evan Funke.
Evan Funke is Los Angeles’s prince of pasta. His restaurant, Felix, has been raved about by many and his first cookbook, American Sfoglino, promises to teach you how to make fresh pasta and become the sultan of spaghetti in your own home. On September 25, he’ll be at the 92nd Street Y (tickets are $60) to talk with one Gwyneth Paltrow, about Emilia-Romagna’s eggy pastas, the ins and outs of rolling dough, and how to form a more perfect union with sauce. If you’re less into pasta and more into soba, then you might want to head, instead, to another event at the Y for Ivan Orkin and Chris Ying’s new book, The Gaijin Cookbook. (Tickets are $29.) The book channels Orkin’s unusual life — his Jewish upbringing and adult obsession with Japan — into recipes like Ivan Ramen’s tofu Coney Island. It will start with a conversation between the co-authors, followed by a book signing.
12. Go support a couple restaurants that were temporarily closed because of fires.
The flagship Black Seed Bagels was forced to close earlier this year after an early morning fire. Between insurance, the city bureaucracy, and everything else an owner needs to deal with in order to actually rebuild, it sounds like a nightmarish slog. So it’s good news to hear that, nearly six months later, Black Seed has reopened the Elizabeth Street location, which is now serving its wood-fired bagels from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Black Seed’s flagship isn’t the only downtown restaurant that’s recently reopened after a fire. The East Village’s Sauce is reopening on September 6 after closing because of a fire, with a redone interior, an updated menu, and new drinks including signature spritzes like the Green Apple Honey (Villa de Hard green apple, honey syrup, prosecco, and soda) and negronis like the Bianco (gin, Dimmi, and Aveze).
13. Make your hot-pot plans.
The Flushing outpost of Beijing’s First Lamb Shabu Shabu serves some of the best — if not the best — hot pot in New York, in a style that’s not like the Sichuan sort you typically find in this city. It’s made with a heady and gamey lamb broth, complete with an island of lamb already in the pot. Now, there’s another spot to get your fix, as the chain has opened a second location in the East Village (218 E. 14th St.). Run, don’t walk, once it cools down: for the peppery chrysanthemum greens, the egg-crêpe dumplings, the many meats, and sides like clay-oven rolls.
14. Live luxuriously at Le Club.
The half-restaurant formerly known one as Le Grill at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon has been reborn as Le Club. A new concept from executive chef Christophe Bellanca that’s opening the week of September 16, it will be separated from L’Atelier and, as you may have guessed from the name, have a clubbier vibe to its design and music. The menu is unsurprisingly fancy — think foie gras crème brûlée with green-apple foam — and cocktails will include a weekly daiquiri (same), while some wines will be served by the magnum.
The summer is over and September has arrived—and whether you’re heading back to school or just embracing the start of fall, there’s already plenty of things to learn. Get a dose of knowledge outside the classroom, or just have a good time, at these upcoming events covering everything from botany to beer.
Sunday, September 1: Keep it quiet that you’ll be at this Secret Speakeasy, which will feature movies, music and more covering New York, the Summer of Love, and Suffragettes.
From Ur to Tur with stops for Salman Rushdie and the science of psychopaths along the way: our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this week.
Monday, September 2
Tuesday, September 3
NYU professor Dr. Pascal Wallisch’s expertise lies at the intersections of psychology and neuroscience. Tuesday he explores psychopaths, illuminating the myths, like the idea that they “are rare, violent, and predominantly male.” He’ll also also explain how to identify the psychopaths in your own life (yes, you have at least one). Subject.
Dan Rather’s most recent book What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism focuses on the founding principles of the U.S., contrasted with present perils. On the release date of the new paperback version, find Rather in conversation with NBC News correspondent Katy Tur. St. Joseph’s College.
As part of a conversation series that pairs contemporary artists with thought leaders, catch artist Anna Puigjaner and urban planner Jessica Katz, in a discussion about housing activism. The setting will be informal, in The Wright restaurant. Guggenheim Museum.
Wednesday, September 4
Join theoretical astrophysicist Amiel Sternberg of the Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Flatiron Institute for a Simons Foundation talk that runs from the formation of the first stars all the way up to present-day galaxies. Along the way, Sternberg will explain the chemical makeup of the cosmos, highlighting an evolution from simplicity to complexity.
Go tilting at windmill cancer with Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie. He’ll be at The Cooper Union presenting his new novel, Quichotte, a retelling of Don Quixote suited to our age of alternative facts. He’s joined by Man Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James (A Brief History of Seven Killings) for a reading and a conversation about satire and interpretation. (Rushdie also appears on Tuesday evening at The Center for Fiction for a Quichotte launch.)
Author Michael Bobelian talks about his new book, Battle for the Marble Palace: Abe Fortas, Earl Warren, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and the Forging of the Modern Supreme Court, which traces the origins of the struggle for ideological control of “Highest Court of the Land.” New York Public Library—Mid-Manhattan Library.
Thursday, September 5
In The Costs of Connection: How Data Colonizes Human Life and Appropriates It for Capitalism, authors Nick Couldry and Ulises Ali Mejías argue that Big Data is more than just extractive, it’s “the appropriation of human life.” They’ll discuss the emerging new world order within the context of colonialism, discrimination, and the hollowing out of the social sphere. The New School.
Some of the greatest accomplishments of ancient artisans were found nearly a century ago in the “Death Pit” of Queen Puabi’s tomb. Learn more about this Sumerian treasure with Dr. Jane Hickman of the University of Pennsylvania, who will also speak on the universal human impulse for adornment. The National Arts Club.
Game theories at a new bookstore and an appearance by Etgar Keret highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this weekend.
Friday, September 6
Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the 1939-40 World’s Fair at this presentation by World’s Fair expert Bill Cotter.
Saturday, September 7
Learn about the controversial practices—running from sexual abuse of promotion women to alleged complicity in crimes against humanity—ascribed to the world’s number two brewing company. Investigative journalist Olivier van Beemen explains as he presents Heineken in Africa: A Multinational Unleashed. Bluestockings.
Sunday, September 8
Wednesday, September 11: Mark the 18th anniversary of the September 11th attacks by attending the annual Table of Silence Project, a free outdoor dance performance that pays tribute to the 9/11 victims and prays for peace and healing. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Thursday, September 12: “Grow” your knowledge of Revolutionary-era doctor Dr. David Hosack, who attended Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr’s famous duel and founded the nation’s first botanical garden. Fraunces Tavern Museum.
Sunday, September 15: “Help set the stage for a better planet” as Caveat presents the official launch of Climate Change Theatre Action 2019, a diverse collection of environmentally inspired narratives.
Monday, September 23: Design a plan to attend this talk on Cyan and the history of German posters, in conjunction with the current exhibition Designing Through the Wall: Cyan in the 1990s. Poster House.
Tuesday, September 24: Try not to be sick as Nobel laureate Paul Krugman joins health policy research analyst Tsung-Mei Cheng to talk about the last book from Cheng’s husband, Uwe Reinhardt, a giant in the health policy field. The New York Academy of Medicine.
Wednesday, September 25: Continue the #MeToo revolution by hearing from the journalists who kicked it off through their reporting on Harvey Weinstein, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, as they discuss their new book She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement. Merkin Concert Hall.
Sunday, September 29: Everyone will be equal at this conversation between historian Eric Foner and MSNBC journalist Chris Hayes on Foner’s book The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution. St. Joseph’s College.
Featured NYC events in September 2019
Photograph: Filip Wolak
One of the top things to do in New York this fall includes two weeks of drinking some of the best beer in NYC during Oktoberfest. Take in the beautiful fall foliage while drinking at one of the best beer gardens and beer halls in New York City. Oktoberfest New Yorkers, take advantage of this glorious holiday to sample fine Bavarian beer and food. Prost!
Photograph: Raydene Salinas
Get camera-ready for Fashion Week 2019. NYC will be filled with a stampede of posh editors, bloggers, stylists and shutterbugs. (They will be invading your favorite coffee shops and cafes. You’ve been warned). Tickets to some of the major runway shows aren’t available to the general public, but newsflash: you don’t have to be part of the elite fashion world to feel like an insider. Maybe you don’t have a front-row seat to the shows or a spot reserved next to Anna Wintour, but don’t fret—we’ve got you covered.
Before you bid summer adieu, go out with a bang on Labor Day. Whether you want ideas for cool out-of-town spots or just want a staycation, we’ve listed all the best events and other unmissabale things to do, including ways to have the best summer ever before Labor Day weekend 2019.
Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney
The annual West Indian Day Parade draws close to two million people to Crown Heights in Brooklyn each year. During the seven-hour New York carnival, steel-pan and calypso bands in elaborate costumes march down Eastern Parkway, and vendors sell homestyle island grub along the route.
Photograph: Clay Williams
The Oscars of street food returns for its annual roving-eats smackdown, where nominated food trucks, stalls and pushcarts post up on Governor’s Island to compete for your final vote. Experience cuisine from all around the world with diverse offerings from top contenders. Public nominations determine the winner, so you get to choose by casting a ballot to crown the next food truck champ.
More than 500 food and craft vendors and multiple stages will close down a busy Brooklyn artery for Atlantic Antic, which is usually held at the end of September. Spanning ten blocks and cutting through four neighborhoods, it’s billed as NYC’s largest street fair, so there’s more to see than stands hawking pashminas and MozzArepas. The eclectic musical lineup brings together diverse local talent and you can graze on grub from a delicious variety of artisanal vendors—washed down some fab locally brewed ale, of course. Check for announcements at atlanticave.org.
Photograph: Courtesy Kisha Bari
Photoville is back! And your Insta is about to get meta. NYC hosts a bounty of beautiful photography exhibitions, but only Photoville can claim to be as pretty as the photographs it showcases. Held in and around giant shipping containers in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the massive celebration of pictures features more than 600 artists, 75 exhibitions, talks, screenings, seminars and hands-on photography workshops for budding shutterbugs. There’s also a beer garden from Brooklyn Brewery with food from Smorgasburg including Big Mozz, Mao’s Bao and John’s Juice. The best part: Photoville is totally free, and dog-friendly! Find a full list of hours and events on Photoville’s website.
Photograph: Courtesy Gillian Todd
This open-air, food-centric market features Bronx-based vendors serving up tamales, soul food, latkes, ice cream, pastries, elotes and vegan creations, plus libations from the Bronx Brewery and others. In addition to all of the delicious provisions, the market offers nifty wares from local artisans and live music performances from Bonx musicians. Come appreciate all that NYC’s northernmost borough has to offer.
Photograph: David De Armas
New Yorkers sure do love museums, but we appreciate them even more when we get to go without paying. That’s why you should plan on visiting one on September 22, when you can access one out of 15 stellar New York attractions for free. All you have to do is register and download a voucher from the Smithsonian museum. With your ticket, you gain access to participating big-name institutions like the American Folk Art Museum, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, The Jewish Museum, The Rubin Museum of Art and more during normal business hours. Check out the full list here and go get cultured!
Photograph: Courtesy Wanderlust/Jake Laub
The peacefully minded yoga festival empire Wanderlust returns to Prospect Park with a “mindful triathlon,” which combines a 5K run or walk, a massive 90-minute yoga class and dance party and a guided meditation. There will also be acroyoga, slacklining and hooping for the brave at the Adidas-sponsored event, plus live music, retro yard games and healthy food. Om (nom).
Any Williamsburg resident can moan and groan about the rising preponderance of waxed-up facial hair styles in the hipster generation, but for 12 years, Coney Island’s finest have been rocking it for real. At this outrageous cult competition, dozens of mustachioed and bearded men and women will take the stage to show off their sickest styles to win the Beard and Mustache Fez trophy. This year’s categories include, and we’re not making this up, “Ballyhoo Beard” (best beard styled), “Man or Beast” (best beard natural), “Hokum and Hoodwinked” (Best Fake Beard or Moustache), “Dog and Pony” (best partial beard/sideburns), “Carny Trash” (worst in show) and many more. You better start taking your keratin and B3’s if you want to slay this game. For only the strong will survive!
This annual literary celebration brings together spectacular writers from across the globe for a full week of talks, shopping and even yoga to satisfy the borough’s brainiacs. Events will be taking place all week long, but the main draws are Saturday’s Children’s Day and Sunday’s Festival day. This year boasts authors Jonathan Safran Foer, Ebony Flowers, Joyce Carol Oates, Tina Chang, Ilya Kaminsky, Nick Bruel and many more.
Once a year, builders and tinkerers of all ages convene at this innovation-centered event to show off their inventions—and teach onlookers how they can make them at home. This edition features talks on wearable electronics, 3D printing, droid-building, costume design and building your own phone, plus, oddly, a dance battle. We guess it truly is a fest for movers and shakers of all stripes.
Celebrate the adjacent Brooklyn ‘hoods with a block party loaded with lots and lots of food. Forty of the top restaurants, bars and merchants from the area will convene for tastings–including Midnights, Barano, Brooklyn Bowl, Eleva Coffee, Brooklyn Label, Midinights, Tacocina and more. All proceeds will benefit the Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center.
Photograph: Courtesy Yi-Chun Wu
Dance Now’s 24th season offers a massive festival of short works by 40 dance makers of every stripe, all challenged to mount five-minute pieces on the teeny stage at Joe’s Pub. The best of the fest, as chosen by the producers, return for a special encore performance on Sept 27; they include festival winner Brendan Drake as well as binbinFactory /Satoshi Haga & Rie Fukuzawa, Blue Wyatt Project, Tsiambwom M. Akuchu, Loni Landon Dance Project, Claire Porter/PORTABLES, HUMA, Cleo Mack and many more.
Free NYC events in September 2019
Everything you need to know about visiting Smorgasburg (90 Kent Ave; East Dr at Lincoln Rd). At this massive grub hub, there’s only one rule: Come hungry. The Brooklyn Flea spin-off draws more than 20,000 to 30,000 visitors per week, with a slew of 75 to 100 incredible food vendors doling out everything from Dutch waffles to pasta doughnuts. Where is it?Depends on when you go. For the spring/summer 2019 season, the fest is in Williamsburg’s East River State Park (90 Kent Ave) on Saturdays and Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill (East Dr at Lincoln Rd) on Sundays. Additionally, starting April 12 2019, Manhattanites won’t have to cross the river to taste the treats. A Smorgasburg market at Westfield World Trade Center, Oculus Plaza is open every Friday from 11:30am to 7pm. When can I go?Smorgasburg is open year-round. The summer months might be the most popular, running from April through October at 11am to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays, but in the winter months (November to March), the market joins forces with Brooklyn Flea and moves indoors. This past winter, the indoor Smorg was located at Atlantic Center (625 Atlantic Ave) on weekends from 10am to 6pm. Is there anywhere to sit?There are some picnic tables set up by the Smorgasburg team, but don’t plan on snatching one unless you have patience of steel. The organizers encourage you to bring picnic blankets with which to sit on the lawns of East River State Park or Prospect Park. Are there rain dates?Nope. The grub will be there rai
Music events in September 2019
Photograph: Anthony & Alex
Baltimore-born outsider-artist Ali raps and sings over a “post-afro-futurist” mix of jazz sounds, B-more club beats and punk attitude—a fitting pairing to the glitchy synth anarchy, blown-out speaker textures and sinister screeches Luwayne Glass peddles as Dreamcrusher.
Photograph: Courtesy Luis Nieto Dickens
Nancy Whang and Gavin Rayna Russom of the acclaimed dance-punk act LCD Soundsystem launch Elsewhere’s new signature party series, Elseworld, which promises a “vast psychedelic nightlife experience” replete with immersive lighting by designers Dave and Gabe and top-notch Funktion One audio.
Photgraph: Alex John Beck
Were you to ask how Vampire Weekend went from being a bunch of dewy college grads with an art project to a global success story in less time than it takes to raise a small child, we would reply, simply: Tunes. At this big hometown show, the group—sans co-founder Rostam Batmanglij, who departed a few a years ago—hits town behind its recent release of its Father of the Bride.
Photograph: Courtesy Bao Ngo
Indie-rocker Mitski has a talent for swift transformation. Over the past several years, she has rocketed from self-releasing albums and DIY gigs to selling out just about every single big-room New York’s rock venue months in advance. Her latest collection, Be the Cowboy, continues that hunger for multifaceted growth, left-turning into art-pop as its augments her distinctive songwriting with layers of lush synths. Catch her outdoors at this Summerstage gig with wry and rocking opener Lucy Dacus.
Photograph: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot
Madonna may not be a New York native, but at this point, she’s been repping NYC for more than three decades. Catch the pop diva in rare form here as she celebrates the release of her new Latin-inspired album, Madame X, with a series of special gigs at a surprising digs: the intimate BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. Considering her usual arena shows feature cutting-edge videos and dizzying choreography, expect fireworks as she packs her big-league pop razzmatazz into a uniquely intimate setting.
Photograph: Miki Matsushima
The Boris discography contains something for everyone. Well, maybe not everyone, but open-minded listeners have found much to love throughout the veteran Japanese trio’s 25-year career, which encompasses arty metal, sludge rock, crust punk and more. Here, the band hits town to behind LφVE & EVφL, its new full-length.
Photograph: Courtesy Mahdumita Nandi
Way back in the early 2010s, producer Jerrilynn Patton’s manic tempos and unconventional sonic palettes were a high mark for the Chicago-born sound called footwork. Since then, she’s cultivated a kinetic style all her own to universal critical acclaim. Check out her cutting-edge beats here alongside those of experimental Philly duo SCRAAATCH.
Photograph: Courtesy Life or Death PR
In recent years, anarchic Odd Future leader Tyler Okonma moved beyond the now played-out shock rhymes and into surprisingly earnest territory with his newly released Igor and 2017’s Flower Boy. From liberatory lines like “Tell these black kids they can be who they are” to sexual revelations (“I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004”), the rapper tapers his confrontational tactics in favor of newfound relatability. It’s a new side of Tyler, the Creator, but make no mistake—though more elegantly hewn, his rougher edges remain as sharply anti-social as ever.
Photograph: Courtesy Bojan Hohnjec
Too old to rock & roll, too young to die? Hardly! Original band leader and celebrated flautist Ian Anderson brings the modern lineup of his prog-folk institution Jethro Tull to town for its 50th anniversary tour. It may have been nearly half a century since the band’s golden days, but few since have so elegantly melded the worlds of woodwind instruments and arena rock showmanship.
Over-the-top spectacle is part of metal’s DNA, but when it comes to pure batshit bombast, BABYMETAL might just have everyone from Alice Cooper to Iron Maiden beat. This Japanese import juxtaposes the fizzy J-pop song-and-dance of three pixieish teens with mercilessly steroidal shred, raging pyrotechnics and camp-macabre chills. BABYMETAL’s first NYC show in three years ought to fulfill your yearly WTF quota and then some.
The pioneering trip-hop outfit hits Radio City for a show postponed from March due to illness, celebrating the 20th birthday of one of its defining achievements: 1998’s Mezzanine. Highlights include accompaniment from Cocteau Twins’ member and “Teardrop” singer Liz Fraser, who is touring with the band for the first time since 2012, and a spanking new audiovisual production. This is no staid recital: Show up for a new rendition of an old favorite.
more September events coming soon.