101 things to do in New York City in the fall
Thu Sep 1 2011
Get out of the museum and into the Art in Odd Places festival
Down gratis brews during Oktoberfest
Be traumatized by stories from your childhood at Nightmare: Fairy Tales
Catch Kanye and Jay-Z in Jersey
Find the funny at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Pictured: The Two Are but One...
Discover the way we live now at the Brooklyn Book Festival
Eat funnel cake at the Atlantic Antic
Photograph: Robert Hindry Mason (active 1858-1872)
Wish Boz a happy birthday. Pictured: Charles Dickens
Photograph: AMNH/D. Finnin
Dance your butt off underneath fake stars
Photo: Brigitte Lacombe/Metropolitan Opera
Get ready for the fall of the gods during the Met's next installment of the...
Get out of the museum and into the Art in Odd Places festival
31. Get out of the museum and into the Art in Odd Places festival
Responsible for thousands of only-in--New York moments every year, this annual fest brings installations and performances from more than 50 artists to 14th Street—this year with a "ritual" theme. Get involved by attending the opening keynote address by Linda Mary Montano (Parsons the New School of Design, Kellen Auditorium, 66 Fifth Ave at 13th St; Oct 1 at 2pm; free). Attendees are requested to dress in one color of the rainbow, and may be asked by Montano to become a performer at the event. 14th St between Ave C and Hudson River (artinoddplaces.org). Oct 1--10; free.
32. Down gratis brews during Oktoberfest
Celebrate the kickoff of this drink-tastic holiday at Loreley Williamsburg, when the watering hole taps an HB brewery Oktoberfest keg that will flow free of charge until it goes dry. Between slugging rounds and raising your mug to German party tunes, soak up the suds with a plate of spit-roasted pig (spanferkel) with mashed potatoes and red cabbage ($19). For more sweet spots to gulp a stein outside, consult our roundup of the best beer gardens in NYC. 64 Frost St at Meeker Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-599-0025, loreleynyc.com). Sept 17 at 3pm; free.
33. Be traumatized by stories from your childhood at Nightmare: Fairy Tales
Wolves eating children. Bears eating children. Witches eating children. We're sensing a dark pattern in many of the beloved yarns that kids have grown up with for centuries. Creator Tim Haskell and his team have harnessed some of this tykes-as-snacks energy for the annual installment of this popular haunted house. Actors and theatrical set pieces are sure to remind you of the terror of childhood stories. Clemente Soto Vlez Cultural and Educational Center, 107 Suffolk St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (212-352-3101, hauntedhousenyc.com). Sept 30--Nov 5. Times vary; $30-$100.
34. Catch Kanye and Jay-Z in Jersey
The two biggest names in hip-hop (who sport, arguably, some of the genre's biggest egos) recently released their joyous joint effort, Watch the Throne—and now you can see the boys in action during this twofer of shows. If you need to be greased to throw down for tix, we suggest watching Spike Jonze's awesome video for "Otis," which samples "Try a Little Tenderness," on repeat. Izod Center, Meadowlands Sports Complex, 50 State Rte 120, East Rutherford, NJ (201-935-3900, izodcenter.com). Nov 5, 6 at 7:30pm; $55--$178.50.
35. Find the funny at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
A new exhibit, "Infinite Jest" (Sept 13--Mar 4), spotlights the lighter side of fine art by focusing on caricatures and satires of politics and society. Curators have chosen pieces from the museum's permanent collection that reveal the senses of humor of such artists as Da Vinci, Delacroix, Goya and Toulouse-Lautrec. The show also includes work from well-known humorists, such as Al Hirschfeld and David Levine. 1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St (212-535-7710, metmuseum.org). Tue--Thu, Sun 9:30am--5:30pm; Fri, Sat 9:30am--9pm; suggested donation $25, seniors $17, students $12, members and children under 12 free.
36. Discover the way we live now at the Brooklyn Book Festival
Future book festivals may just entail virtual readings by Elizabeth Gilbert and Tucker Max on Google+, but in the meantime we can still enjoy physical congregations of books and the people who love and write them. Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Safran Foer, Pete Hamill and Joyce Carol Oates will join scores of other writers for this huge literary extravaganza. Check out our picks for the five best events at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, 209 Joralemon St between Adams and Court Sts, Downtown Brooklyn (brooklynbookfestival.org). Sept 18 10am--6pm; free.
37. Eat funnel cake at the Atlantic Antic
In a city full of street fairs, this one is among the largest. It spans ten blocks of the Brooklyn artery, and features live music, food and pony rides. Start at the Fourth Avenue end and walk the length of the Antic, to finish by admiring the New York Transit Museum's collection of vintage hot rides at the 18th Annual Bus Festival (Boerum Pl between Atlantic Ave and State St , Downtown Brooklyn; 718-694-1600, mta.info/museum; Oct 2 10am--5pm; free). As a bonus, the museum (Boerum Pl at Schermerhorn St, Downtown Brooklyn; ; 11am--5pm) waives its entry fee for the day. Atlantic Ave between Hicks St and Fourth Ave, Brooklyn (718-243-1414, atlanticave.org). Oct 2 noon--6pm; free.
38. Wish Boz a happy birthday
Marvel at literary greatness at "Charles Dickens at 200," a new exhibit marking the bicentennial of the author's birth. Among the items on view will be the Victorian novelist's letters, photographs, illustrations from his early books and the original manuscript for A Christmas Carol. A program of films and talks are also planned, including a screening of the Oscar-winning 1946 adaptation of Great Expectations (Oct 14 at 7pm; free with museum admission) and a lecture on Dickens's comic writings (Nov 2 at 6:30pm; $15, members $10). The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave at 36th St (212-685-0008, themorgan.org). $15, seniors and students $10, children under 12 free, Fridays 7--9pm free. Sept 23--Feb 12.
39. Dance your butt off underneath fake stars
After a summer hiatus, One Step Beyond returns for another season of dance parties in the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth and Space. Though the lineup was unannounced as of press time, past years included appearances from Passion Pit, Scissor Sisters, Dan Deacon and Kanye West; we're predicting another stellar crew of musicians will be on board in the fall. Plus, the setting is pretty spectacular: The shindig takes place underneath the enormous Hayden Sphere, and you can explore all of the nifty exhibits (such as the Cosmic Pathway, a spiral walkway that features displays about the evolution of the universe) within the center itself. American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St (212-769-5200, amnh.org/osb). Next event: Oct 14 9pm--1am; $25.
40. Get ready for the fall of the gods during the Met's next installment of the Ring cycle
The machine starts whirring again in October. The 45-ton, 24-plank contraption is the scenic backbone of Robert Lepage's production of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. For Siegfried, part three of the cycle, the starry cast includes Deborah Voigt as the newly mortal, former Valkyrie Brnnhilde; Bryn Terfel as the one-eyed Wanderer; and Gary Lehmann taking on the demanding title role. Venerable Met artistic director James Levine, who's been sidelined in previous seasons for poor health, is scheduled to conduct all three performances. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center), Lincoln Center Plaza at 65th St (212-362-6000, metoperafamily.org). Oct 27, Nov 1 at 6pm; Nov 5 noon. $17--$440.