101 things to do in New York City in the fall



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    Celebrate an early Oktoberfest at the German-American Steuben Parade

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    Venture to the cosmos (sort of) in "Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space...

  • Shake it to garage-rock royalty at the Bell House. Pictured: The Sonics

  • Hit the ice at Rockefeller Center

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    Listen closely to New York Philharmonic

  • See rare movies at Film Society of Lincoln Center's new theaters

  • Photograph: courtsesy New York Racing Association

    Place a wager at Belmont Park

  • Hole up in a cabin

Photos: Juan Carlos Hernandez

Celebrate an early Oktoberfest at the German-American Steuben Parade


41. Spend a day (or three) at the New York State Fair
It may be a 4.5-hour drive to Syracuse, but once you're there, you'll have a weekend's worth of entertainment at your fingertips for just a Hamilton a day—from thrill rides to art exhibits and circus performances. Snap a picture of the 180-ton sand sculpture (a special 9/11 tribute depicting firefighters) or the giant butter and cheese carvings; try a donut bacon burger ($6) or deep-fried bacon-wrapped Snickers bar ($5); and catch free concerts by Bruno Mars, Charlie Wilson, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and others. Separate tickets are required for entry to the State Fair Grandstand, an outdoor venue that is hosting big-ticket shows like Lady Antebellum (Sept 2; $35--$45), Sugarland (Sept 3; $50) and the state demolition derby championships (Sept 5; $15--$20). 581 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse, NY (nysfair.org). Daily 8am--midnight, exhibit buildings 10am--10pm; $10, advance $6, children under 12 free. Grandstand: $15--$65, includes fairground admission. Through Sept 5.

42. Celebrate an early Oktoberfest at the German-American Steuben Parade
Sure, we and the Germans have had our differences in the past, but that's all beer under the bridge, as it were. Celebrate America's rich German heritage at this annual parade, where there will be no shortage of steins, pigtails and other reminders of our fun-loving Prussian cousins. An Oktoberfest in Central Park will follow; tickets are required, and while it's currently sold out, check the website on September 7 to see if more tickets have become available. If you're housebound after a rough night at the biergarten, you can still catch the parade on WNET. Fifth Ave from 67th St to 86th St (germanparadenyc.org). Sept 17 11:30am--2:30pm; free.

43. Venture to the cosmos (sort of) in "Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration"
If you're mourning the end of the space-shuttle program, check out this exhibit, which looks at the steps scientists are taking to explore the universe. The show features artifacts from past missions, such as tires used on lunar rovers. You can also check out a life-size replica of a future habitat on the moon and a model of a lunar elevator, which would travel between the surface of the moon and a point about 100 miles above Earth's atmosphere (where it would rendezvous with spacecrafts). American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St (212-769-5100, amnh.org). Daily 10am--5:45pm. Suggested donation $25, seniors and students $19, children $14.50. Nov 19--Aug 12.

44. Shake it to garage-rock royalty at the Bell House
The local garage-rock revivalists at Norton Records are throwing a four-night shindig at the Bell House to mark the label's 25th anniversary. And boy, have they put together a doozy of a bill, promising headliners like '60s stalwarts the Sonics and Question Mark & the Mysterians (of "Have Love, Will Travel" and "96 Tears" fame, respectively) and openers including King Khan (under the moniker Tandoori Knights), Jared Swilley of the Black Lips (as the Gaye Blades), Reigning Sound and other garage-punk standouts from the past decade. 149 7th St between Second and Third Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com). Nov 10--13; $25.

45. Hit the ice at Rockefeller Center
Sure, it's a little early to be skating, but the preseason rates at NYC's most famous rink are half of what they'll be over the holidays. Take advantage of the discounted price (and lack of crowds) from October 8 to November 3 to practice your spins and jumps—and tick an item off your New York bucket list. 30 Rockefeller Plaza between 49th and 50th Sts (212-332-7654, therinkatrockcenter.com). Mon--Thu 9am--10:30pm; Fri, Sat 8:30am--midnight; Sun 8:30am--10pm. $6--$14, skate rental $8.

46. Listen closely to New York Philharmonic
Now in his third season as music director, Alan Gilbert continues to push the venerable orchestra in new directions with a premiere of One Sweet Morning from composer John Corigliano (Sept 30--Oct 4), featuring the powerhouse mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe. On November 2 and 3, the Philharmonic performs Philip Glass's score alongside a screening of Godfrey Reggio's 1982 film Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance. Former directors Lorin Maazel and Kurt Masur also return to their once-familiar podium this season: Maazel will conduct programs featuring the music of Mozart, Debussy and Strauss (Oct 13--22), and Masur follows with Shostakovich's Symphony No. 13, Babi Yar and Schubert's Unfinished Symphony (Oct 27--29). Avery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center), 132 W 65th St at Broadway (212-875-5656, nyphil.org). Season opens Sept 21. $33--$115, opening night $65--$225.

47. Get a top score at an arcade in Sunset Park
The plinking of quarters and mashing of buttons was suddenly silenced in February when Chinatown Fair, an independently owned arcade that served as a home for NYC's gamer population, shut its doors. Thankfully, a new room has opened up to fill the void: Next Level Arcade. The Sunset Park space is equipped with nine cabinets that focus on fighting games such as Street Fighter IV and Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Consoles like Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are set up to play contemporary titles, which can be selected from Next Level's extensive library. Tourneys for hard-core players are held Wednesday nights at 6pm. 4013 Eighth Ave between 40th and 41st Sts, Sunset Park, Brooklyn (347-618-8813, nycnextlevel.com). Mon--Thu, Sat, Sun noon--midnight; Fri noon--3am. First hour $3, subsequent hours $2.50 plus 25 per play; All-day pass $10 plus 25 per play.

48. See rare movies at Film Society of Lincoln Center's new theaters
The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, which opened over the summer and houses two small, sleek theaters, is a welcome departure from the less-than-optimal viewing experience that multiplexes often afford. This season, convene with fellow cinephiles for a handful of music-focused films like John Zorn: A Film in 15 Scenes (Oct 8 at 9:30pm), and the operas Anna Bolena (Oct 18 at 1pm) and Don Giovanni (Oct 29, Nov 1 at 1pm). 70 Lincoln Center Plaza between Ninth and Amsterdam Aves (filmlinc.com). $13; seniors, students and children $9; members $8.

49. Place a wager at Belmont Park
You don't have to wait for the Belmont Stakes for an excuse to head out to cheer (or bet) on the ponies. The New York Racing Association has 37 days of events through the fall, including the New York Showcase Day with seven state-bred stakes races (Oct 22 at 11:30am) and eight Breeders' Cup Challenge races. The latter series features thoroughbreds vying for a chance to qualify for the ultimate competition in horse racing, the Breeders' Cup in Louisville, Kentucky. 2150 Hempstead Tpke at Cross Island Pkwy, Elmont, NY (516-488-6000, nyra.com) Sept 14--Oct 30; $3.

50. Hole up in a cabin
We're not talking about Death Hunt--style retreats, when Charles Bronson hid from Lee Marvin the Angry Mountie. You don't have to tear up the floor and rig the thing with shotguns. Escape the city with some pals at one of these four affordable rental retreats, boasting yoga studios, hot tubs, lakes and activities such as horse riding.

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Church of the Covenant at 310 East 42nd Street@ 2nd Avenue, welcomes guest preacher, Mary Barrett Speers! Come one, come all! Take this very exciting opportunity to hear one of NY's best preachers in Manhattan this and next Sunday!Stay for Fellowship Hour & refreshments after the service. Also, Mon. Oct., 25th(UN Day, join us for tributes to Civil Rights leaders, Rosa Parks and Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, 8:30AM - 2PM. Additionally, come to our free Staged Theater Readings Mondays from 6-10PM, free Art Group every Tuesday from 10AM- 3PM,and Bible Study on Thursdays 7-8PM, public Advent Workshops Nov. 27th - Dec. 18, Sundays 2PM, and play: Thornton Wilder's "The Long Christmas Dinner",Sundays Dec. 8,9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, and 18th 5PM and Holiday Bazaar all day Sat., Dec. 3!


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