101 things to do in New York City in the fall
Thu Sep 1 2011
Catch a lecture at the 92nd Street Y
91. Catch a lecture at the 92nd Street Y
There are plenty of celebs circling through the uptown institution for lectures this fall. Among the notable offerings: Legendary designer Calvin Klein chats with New York Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis about his career (Oct 17 at 8pm; $29) and two of the Food Network's most indulgent personalities—Paula Deen (Oct 11 at 8pm; $29) and Nigella Lawson (Nov 16 at 8pm; $29)—give the scoop on their careers. Will Deen throw sticks of butter into the audience? We can only hope. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave at 92nd St (212-415-5500, 92y.org)
92. Laugh your ass off at the New York Comedy Festival
A host of big-name stand-ups hit town for this annual citywide laughathon, including the wonderfully acerbic Louis C.K. (Nov 10 at 7:30pm, 10:15pm) and his bubbly pal from across the pond Ricky Gervais (Nov 13 at 7:30pm), as well as foul-mouthed females Sarah Silverman (Nov 12 at 8pm) and Kathy Griffin (Nov 12 at 8pm). Location, time and price vary; visit nycomedyfestival.com for more information; Nov 9--13.
93. Brave the queue at Shake Shack's new location
You've seen the lines. Tourists unfamiliar with the siren song of the Shack might have assumed that someone was giving away gold bullion. But no—it's the next best thing: diet-killing burgers and the finest shakes that doubloons or fiat money can buy. Outdoor seating, a generally shorter line than at some of the other local branches, and the full array of concretes and custards—including pumpkin pie in November—make this Battery Park City spot worth the wait. 215 Murray St between North End Ave and West St (646-545-4600, shakeshack.com). Daily 11am--11pm.
94. Veg out en masse
Looking to escape your stuffy apartment and watch some shows with other human beings for once? True Blood fanatics take over both floors of East Village bar Professor Thom's during a screening of the HBO hit's much-anticipated fourth season finale (219 Second Ave between 13th and 14th Sts; 212-260-9480, professorthoms.com; Sept 11 at 9pm; free). Down a free Jell-O shot whenever a character bites the dust, and quaff $3 domestic drafts such as Harpoon IPA between kills. For a dose of classic television, head to the Paley Center for Media, which celebrates the 60th anniversary of I Love Lucy by presenting rare sketches, TV cameos and long-lost episodes (25 W 52nd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves; 212-621-6600, paleycenter.org; Sept 28--Oct 30 Wed--Sun 12:30pm; $10, seniors and students $8, children under 14 $5).
95. Cast on, knit and purl
Create your own fall accessories at Make Workshop (195 Chrystie St between Rivington and Stanton Sts, suite 402f; 212-533-9995, makeworkshop.com), where Diana Rupp has taught crafts for almost a decade. Sign up for a three-part beginners course to learn the fundamentals of knitting, and stitch yourself a scarf (Sep 24, Oct 7; $150). If you're already familiar with the basics, learn to make mittens and a hat during two 1.5-hour sessions (Oct 28, Nov 4; $120). Brooklyn General Store (128 Union St between Columbia and Hicks Sts, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn; 718-237-7753, brooklyngeneral.com) also offers beginners classes over three consecutive Monday evenings every month. Instructor Heather Love caters to all skill levels, including absolute novices who have never held a pair of needles (Sep 12, Oct 10, Nov 7; $120).
96. Go with Boston expats to eat some of their beloved clam chowder
Chances are you know some Bostonians in the city, and that here, they are like cod out of water. Help them feel a little more at home with a trip to the Pearl Oyster Bar, which has some of the best double-cured-bacon-enhanced New England clam chowder found outside of Patriots Country. 18 Cornelia St at Bleecker St (212-691-8211, pearloysterbar.com). Bowl $7.
97. See a tornado in Central Park
Ponder Michael Sailstorfer's Tornado, a new public artwork inspired by the powerful weather phenomenon. The 34-foot-tall sculpture consists of more than 200 dark "clouds," made from the inner tubing of truck tires, which rustle in the wind. The piece will be unveiled on Sept 20; on the following day the artist will discuss it and his other works during a talk at the New School (66 W 12th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves; Sept 21 at 6:30pm; $10). Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Fifth Ave at 60th St (publicartfund.org). Sept 20--Feb 19; free.
98. Welcome a new gay nightclub
Boys who like boys have a new party playground opening this fall, a collaboration between '90s nightlife promoters John Blair and Beto Sutter, and the FV Events team of Tony Fornabaio and Brandon Voss (currently behind the Club 57 and Rockit affairs). XL Nightclub will be open seven nights a week, with a house- and pop-driven dance floor, a more low-key lounge and a cabaret bar on offer. Early next year the rest of the building will launch as the Out NYC, a straight-friendly hotel for gays. XL Nightclub at the Out NYC, 510 W 42nd St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves (xlnightclub.com). Opens October.
99. Kayak the Hudson River
Just because summer's over doesn't mean you can't still take advantage of the Downtown Boathouse's free kayaking along the Hudson River, which continues through October 9. The boats are available on the weekends and on Labor Day. And if you're a newbie, don't worry—an expert will be on site to monitor your progress (though you still need to know how to swim). Pier 40, 353 West St at Houston St. 9am--6pm. * Pier 96, Hudson River at 56th St. 9am--6pm. * Hudson River at 72nd St. 10am--5pm. * (downtownboathouse.org)
100. Shop at Brooklyn Flea
After Thanksgiving, the indie market moves indoors, so you can pick through vintage duds, funky jewelry, quirky furnishings and more handmade fare from a variety of local vendors without freezing to death. To find out who's selling that weekend, check Brooklyn Flea's site on the Friday before doors open. Location TBA (brooklynflea.com). Sat, Sun 10am--5pm; opens Nov 26. Free.
101. Host your own homecoming party
So it's been a few years since you graduated from school. Everyone you know is older, fatter and more injury-prone. You guys still got it, though. Reconnect with your old pals and relive your college days for a day. Things you will need: Beer, Ping-Pong balls, a few packages of ramen, Advil, a babysitter, a dial-up connection, a football jersey and a lame excuse for why you can't stay out drinking past 10pm.