101 things to do in New York City in the fall



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    Meet royalty at the New York City Wine & Food Festival. Pictured: Giada de...

  • Eat like a king during Harvest in the Square

  • Find serenity in the city during Spa Week

  • Photograph: Jason Gardner courtesy Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    Feel the burn at the Chile Pepper Fiesta

  • Sing along to a holiday-themed cartoon with Secret Formula

  • Stock your pantry with a pickling class at the Brooklyn Kitchen

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    Try for a pair of discounted rush tickets. Pictured: Ticket booth at David...

  • Gather with fellow alums for a college football game

  • Visit Austria in Nolita. Pictured: Cafe Sacher Wein in Vienna, inspiration for...

Photograph: Jeffrey Gurwin

Meet royalty at the New York City Wine & Food Festival. Pictured: Giada de...


61. Meet royalty at the New York City Wine & Food Festival
The fourth annual festival brings together Food Network stars and culinary glitterati for a four-day feeding frenzy of tasting events, dinners and seminars. Be quick if you want to snag tickets to demos and talks with Ferran Adri, April Bloomfield, Anthony Bourdain, Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse and even Luxembourg royal (and Domaine Clarence Dillon wine company president) Prince Robert. Location and price vary; visit nycwineandfoodfestival.com for more information. Sept 29--Oct 2.

62. Eat like a king during Harvest in the Square
Union Square transforms into a giant outdoor buffet for this annual tasting event. Try unlimited samples of signature dishes from more than 50 restaurants, including Gramercy Tavern and Hill Country Chicken; local producers, including Wlffer Estate Vineyard, will provide wine and beer pairings. Tickets are dear, but proceeds go to a worthy cause: to help the Union Square Partnership maintain the park. Union Square Park, E 16th St at Union Sq West (harvestinthesquare.org). Sept 22 7:30--9pm, VIP preview 6--7:30pm; $125, VIP $400.

63. Find serenity in the city
Relaxation is yours for a mere $50 during Spa Week, when more than 100 venues throughout the city discount up to three services of their choosing. Last year's specials included a 45-minute Dead Sea--salt and aromatherapy-oil scrub paired with a warm paraffin hand treatment at Dorit Baxter Day Spa, a colon hydrotherapy treatment from Provence Wellness Center, and a Brazilian wax plus Swarovski-crystal application (called the Vajazzle) from Completely Bare. Fair warning: Many services will be fully booked within hours after reservations become available September 12. Locations throughout the city; visit spaweek.com from Sept 12 for more information. Oct 10--16.

64. Feel the burn at the Chile Pepper Fiesta
Heat-seeking capsaicin lovers won't want to miss this spicy celebration. Tour the pepper plants in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Herb Garden, catch fire shows by circus performers Robbins and Ringold, and listen to a performance by the Grammy-nominated Cajun music band Lost Bayou Ramblers. Vendors like People's Pops, Fine & Raw Chocolate, Sour Puss Pickles and Mama O's Premium Kimchee will be offering gratis samples of their most incendiary snacks. Turn up before 12:30pm and you'll also have the chance to judge the amateur entries in the Brooklyn Chile Chocolate Takedown competition. 900 Washington Ave at Eastern Pkwy, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-623-7200, bbg.org). Oct 1 11am--6pm; $15, seniors and students $10, children under 12 free.

65. Sing along to a holiday-themed cartoon with Secret Formula
The guys behind Secret Formula Productions spent the summer throwing nostalgia-fueled TV parties and sing-alongs and they're not letting up for the fall. The season kicks off with a Moulin Rouge Sing-Along (The Bell House, 143 7th St between Second and Third Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn; 718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com; Sept 3 at 8pm; $8) featuring movie trivia, a dance-off and French pastries. In October, you can attend one of three Halloween-themed events: a TV party devoted to spooky episodes of '90s television shows (The Bell House; Oct 25 at 8pm; $5); a creepy edition of the cartooncentric Spoons, Toons & Booze (Union Hall, 702 Union St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-638-4400, unionhallny.com; Oct 30 at 2pm; $5); and on the day itself, a costumed A Very Tim Burton Halloween sing-along (The Bell House; Oct 31 at 8pm, $8), where you can gobble free candy, bob for beer and enter a costume contest.

66. Stock your pantry
Greenmarket shoppers, take note: Now is the time to preserve seasonal produce in preparation for the barren winter months. The Brooklyn Kitchen periodically runs classes where you can learn how to extend the life of your favorite ingredients—on September 15, ex-Angelica Kitchen chef Peter Berley instructs on creating fermented preserves like Kosher pickles, sauerkraut and jalapeo jardiniere (6:30pm; $55). On September 26, Bob McClure of McClure's Pickles will run a seasonal Pickling 101 class (6:30pm; $50). 100 Frost St at Manhattan Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-349-5032, thebrooklynkitchen.com). Check the website for more information on upcoming classes.

67. Try for a pair of discounted rush tickets
With so many cultural offerings in the city, ticket deals are vital. See TONY's "Cheap Seats!" guide to find out how to score discount theater tickets. In addition, Carnegie Hall (carnegiehall.org) offers rush seats at its box office, and Lincoln Center has its own discount window (similar to the TKTS booth) at its David Rubenstein Atrium (lincolncenter.org). Plus, the Metropolitan Opera (metoperafamily.org) offers cash-strapped music fans $20 to $25 rush tickets for practically all of its performances. Protocol for obtaining tickets varies, so check each institution's website for detailed instructions.

68. Gather with fellow alums for a college football game
During college football season, show allegiance to your alma mater at a bar that supports your team. In New York, that's no problem; there's a tavern devoted to almost every (decent, Division I) squad. For example, Penn State grads can root on the Nittany Lions at Mercury Bar West (659 Ninth Ave between 46th and 47th Sts; 212-262-7755, mercurybarnyc.com). If you jumped on the Cam Newton bandwagon last year, head to Bar 515 (515 Third Ave between 34th St and 35th Sts; 212-532-3300, bar515.com), where the patrons support the defending BCS champion Auburn Tigers.

69. Visit Austria in Nolita
Order a Sacher torte (a Viennese chocolate cake) or apfelstrudel ($6) and pretend you're in a Salzburg coffeehouse at this two-week pop-up store promoting all things Austrian. Art geeks can eye pieces from the collection of sculpture and decorative arts that will soon reopen at Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum, or pucker up for a photo with Gustav Klimt's famous 1908 painting The Kiss as the backdrop. The space will host concerts, film screenings, and food and wine events; check the website for more information. Openhouse Gallery, 201 Mulberry St between Kenmare and Spring Sts (austria.info/popup). Oct 5--19 Mon--Thu, Sun noon--9pm; Fri, Sat noon--10pm. Free.

70. Explore loftier thoughts at the White Light Festival
Lincoln Center's fall series, which explores the transcendent quality of various art genres, touched a nerve with concertgoers when it debuted last year. (All of the programs practically sold out—though complimentary glasses of prosecco postevent didn't hurt.) This fall brings another month's worth of events that invite audiences to unplug and consider the human condition. Among the highlights is Sir Colin Davis conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis (Oct 21 at 8pm; $35--$92). Location and time vary; call 212-875-5456 or visit whitelightfestival.org for details. Oct 20--Nov 19; $25--$92.

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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!


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