101 things to do in New York City in the fall

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    Weekend Workshops at the Lomography Gallery Store

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    Chat among the Mute Swans at Jamaica Bay wildlife refuge

  • Lose your head over a visit Sleepy Hollow

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    Say hello, say goodbye, at the New York City Ballet. Pictured: Anthony Huxley...

Photograph: Courtesy of Lomography

Weekend Workshops at the Lomography Gallery Store


 

51. Flip the bird to pixels and shoot some film
Today, everyone has some manner of digital photographic device—why not distinguish yourself as a photographer by going back to film? Lomography cameras are an affordable and creative way to express yourself on celluloid; the Lomography Gallery Store has regular classes on how to make the most of its throwback photographic technology. Recent offerings include "Lubitel Lovers Workshop," which introduced shooters to working with the iconic twin-lense camera, and "Analog in an Instant," covering techniques for working with instant film. On Thursdays, "Lomography's Blue Hour" (at the 23rd Street location; 6pm; free) attracts analog enthusiasts to sip free drinks and sway to music on vinyl. 106 E 23rd St at Park Ave * 41 W 8th St between MacDougal St and Sixth Ave (212-529-4353) * lomography.com/nyc

52. Chat among the mute swans at Jamaica Bay wildlife refuge
Some may be surprised to learn that there is a huge nature preserve located in the middle of all this urban sprawl. The 9,155-acre Queens park is a birdwatcher's dream and boasts well-marked trails. In the fall, head over to the West Pond, where you can expect to see ducks, mute swans, snow geese and other birds that haven't joined their cowardly brethren in warmer seasonal climes. Crossbay Blvd at Broad Channel, Jamaica, Queens (718-318-4340, nps.gov). Daily dawn--dusk; free.

53. A revived orchestra grows in Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Philharmonic makes a triumphant return since cutting back on concert offerings two years ago for financial reasons. With new leader Alan Pierson (who also directs the avant-garde ensemble Alarm Will Sound) at the helm, the ensemble has adopted a more contemporary repertoire that it's taking to all corners of the borough. The first full orchestra concert (Nov 3 at 7:30pm; $10--$55) features a program of Russian cartoons to be presented in Brighton Beach. The orchestra will explore 70 years of Russian and Soviet animation with scores from composers such as Shostakovich. Millennium Theater, 1029 Brighton Beach Ave between Brighton 11th and 12th Sts, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn (718-488-5700, bphil.org)

54. Lose your head during a visit to Sleepy Hollow
Those seeking a spooky experience at any time of year can find it here. Immortalized in Washington Irving's story (and later Tim Burton's film) about the murderous Headless Horseman, Sleepy Hollow is proud of its exceptionally creepy lore (to wit: the local high school's athletics team is the Horsemen). The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (540 N Broadway; 914-631-0081, sleepyhollowcemetery.org; free) is open daily from 8:30am to 4pm, giving day-trippers plenty of time to explore the 90-acre grounds. You'll find almost as many famous New Yorkers there as at Brooklyn's famed Green-Wood: Take your own self-guided tour (free maps are available), and look out for the graves of Elizabeth Arden, Brook Astor and Irving himself. Travel: Metro-North's Hudson line to Philipse Manor. Off-peak $3.80--$16.50, peak hours $5.23--$22.50.

55. Walk the East River Waterfront Esplanade
Opened in July, this rehabilitated stretch of waterfront, wedged neatly between FDR Drive and the East River, includes new benches and seating (such as lunch-counter-style barstools that face the river with a little ledge to put your meal or book), a dog run and a down-into-the-water staircase. While it's not exactly an ideal location for a relaxing chill-out session (under the highway can get a bit noisy), it's still worth your time for the riverside view, if you're in the area. These renovations are one link in the ongoing project to connect Battery and East River Parks via a continuous walking-and-biking path, which should be completed by 2013. East River between Maiden Ln and Wall St (nyc.gov)

56. Say hello, say goodbye, at the New York City Ballet
The company's season opens with the return of Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins' full-length staging of Swan Lake, before welcoming Paul McCartney to the world of dance. Macca penned the orchestral score to Ocean's Kingdom (Sept 22), which receives its world premiere at NYCB's fall gala. (McCartney's daughter Stella also designed the costumes for the production.) The final performance of the season bids farewell to principal dancer Charles Askegard, but fear not, the ballet has new talent on the rise: meet new soloist Anthony Huxley. David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza at 63rd St (212-870-5570, nycballet.com). Time and price vary; Sept 13—Oct 9.

57. Mark the "discovery" of America at the Columbus Day parade
Well, he's still one of the most popular failures in history, but 35,000 marchers and nearly 1 million spectators are expected along Fifth Avenue, to mark the day in history when Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas and to celebrate the heritage of the Italian-American community. It may not be the glitziest of New York's parades, but where else can you catch the tarantella (a frenzied Italian folk dance)? Fifth Ave from 47th St to 72nd St (columbuscitizensfd.org). Oct 10 11:30am--3pm; free.

58. Ride in a hot-air balloon
You won't be going around the world like Phileas Fogg, but you will get a fairly excellent view of the lands around Orange County, NY, with Above the Clouds, Inc. Bonus points if you start singing the lyrics to John Parr's classic '80s track "St. Elmo's Fire" while airborne. That right there is worth the price of admission alone. Rides go out at early morning and twilight, and can last a half hour or full hour. Randall Airport, 100 Airport Rd, New Hampton, NY (845-692-2556, abovethecloudsinc.com). Through November; $169--$250.

59. Learn how to toss watercolors like Edward Hopper
The 92nd Street Y hosts a number of outdoor watercolor classes this fall. On Sept 21 there's a session in Central Park; on Sept 22, students will be painting near the High Line. On Oct 6, there's an indoor offering titled "Approaches to Abstraction with Watercolor," at which everyone can pretend they're Kandinsky for a day. For those less advanced, there is a beginners course on Nov 29. Instructors include former NEA and Yaddo fellows; materials aren't provided, but at this time of year, who doesn't fantasize about raiding Pearl Paint (308 Canal St between Church St and Broadway; 212-431-7932, pearlpaint.com) to stock up on tubes of cerulean blue and cadmium red? 1395 Lexington Ave between 91st and 92nd Sts (212-415-5500, 92y.org). Multiple sessions $185--$490; see website.

60. Check out some artists of the floating world
In a room filled with silver speech-bubble balloons, a poem that begins "The Truth Is I Am You" is written on the gallery walls. It's a message of unity, linguistics and antigravity that's worth checking out before Governors Island closes for the season at the end of September. And, if you're so moved, you can write your own aphorism on the balloons. The Gallery at Building 110, Governors Island (mocada.org). Fri--Sun noon--5pm, through Sept 25; free.

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Church of the Covenant
Church of the Covenant

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!

Anonymous
Anonymous

The information about the floating jack o' lanterns in central park was too vague w/ no DIRECT link in the parks website. I tried looking at central park's site and there was no information about this on their calender or the site.

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is #50 supposed to list the 4 retreats time out new york recommends?