101 things to do in New York City in the fall
Thu Sep 1 2011
Photograph: Alex Strada
Be your own best vintner at Brooklyn Winery
Rendering: Platt Byard Dovell White Architects
Learn about the city's past at the New-York Historical Society
Photograph: Steven Menendez
Enjoy an adult puppet musical (no, not Avenue Q, Arias with a Twist)
Photograph and pumpkin patterns by zombiepumpkins.com
Find some pumpkins to carve (or smash)
Photograph: Jeff Pliskin
Take a rock & roll walking tour with the History of Art, Crime, Drugs and Punk...
Laugh at a kungsploitation flick with Cinematic Titanic
Photograph: courtesy New York Burlesque Festival
Be tantalized at the New York Burlesque Festival
Photograph: courtesy Socrates Sculpture Park
Doll up your dog at a Harvest Festival
Navigate the Amazing Maize Maze
Step back in time with the Brooklyn Museum's period rooms
Photograph: Alex Strada
Be your own best vintner at Brooklyn Winery
71. Be your own best vintner at Brooklyn Winery
Rather than heading out for a vineyard to crush your own grapes, make your own wine from up to 12 varietals at this Williamsburg facility. Grab a group of oenophiles to go in together on the packages (prices vary depending on the extent of your involvement in the winemaking process and number of bottles of wine made, but expect a several-hundred-dollar commitment per person). If that's still too rich for your blood, you can still see how the winemaking process works on one of the winery's free weekend tours (Sat, Sun 1, 2, 3, 4pm). 213 North 8th St between Driggs Ave and Roebling St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-763-1506, bkwinery.com). Winemaking by appointment, price varies.
72. Learn about the city's past at the New-York Historical Society
When the 207-year-old Upper West Side institution reopens to the public on November 11, nearly every facet will have changed. Among the upgrades is the Great Hall, a permanent display featuring several new elements that highlight different events in America's history through the lense of New York. Artifacts on view include a piece of the ceiling from Keith Haring's now-defunct Pop Shop on Lafayette Street, and "manholes" visitors can peek inside to see historic relics. An orientation film in the refurbished Robert H. Smith Auditorium will offer an introduction to the Historical Society and a drive-by of the city's past. 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Sts (212-873-3400, nyhistory.org). Tue--Thu, Sat 10am--6pm; Fri 10am--8pm; Sun 11am--5pm. $15, seniors and educators $12, students $10, children 7--13 $5, children under 7 free. Opens Nov 11.
73. Enjoy an adult puppet musical (no, not Avenue Q)
Drag artist and cabaret singer Joey Arias and puppeteer Basil Twist revive their acclaimed 2008 stage show, Arias with a Twist Deluxe, for a monthlong run. The transgressive spectacle (which earned a five star review from TONY) involves alien probes, blow jobs, magic mushrooms and other naughty nuttiness—as well as eye-popping puppetry and good old-fashioned chanteusery. Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St at Pitt St (212-598-0400, ariaswithatwist.com). Wed--Fri 8pm; Sat 8pm, 10:30pm; Sun 7pm; $35--$65. Sept 14--Oct 15.
74. Find some pumpkins to carve (or smash)
You know what October means—getting creative with gourds. This year, forgo the corner bodega and make your annual pumpkin purchase a true pilgrimage: Scads of nearby farms have them available for public consumption. Queens County Farm Museum (queensfarm.org), Pennings Orchard (penningsorchard.com), the Orchards of Concklin (theorchardsofconcklin.com), and Milk Pail Farm & Orchard Farmstand (milk-pail.com) are just a few. Happy smashing!
75. Take a rock & roll walking tour
The History of Art, Crime, Drugs and Punk Rock on the Lower East Side is a three-hour sojourn into the gritty history of a now-gentrified neighborhood. Musician and tour guide John Joseph peppers the walk with personal anecdotes. One stop on the tour is his old building on East 9th Street, where his upstairs neighbor, Daniel Rakowitz, infamously murdered and dismembered his own roommate (he also allegedly boiled her head in a soup, which he served to the homeless in Tompkins Square Park). Meeting location disclosed with ticket purchase; visit rocksoff.com/walkingtours for details. Sat 3pm; $35.
76. Laugh at a kungsploitation flick with Cinematic Titanic
Last year, all the original denizens of Mystery Science Theater 3000's Satellite of Love toured as Cinematic Titanic, cracking jokes while terrible films screened before a live audience. If you missed those high jinks, good news: Joel Hodgson & Co. return to clobber MST3K fans with their scripted wit. The flick is East Meets Watts, which tells the story of Chinese immigrant and kung fu master Larry Chin and his new partner in ass-kicking, Stud Brown. You can trust that the gang will delightfully skewer the '70s "kungsploitation" (Hodgson's word) movie. Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway at 44th St (ticketmaster.com). Sept 24 at 8pm; $40--$45.
77. Be tantalized at the New York Burlesque Festival
The cream of the burly-Q world converges upon Gotham for this annual four-day festival of tease. Visiting international tassel-twirlers include Australia's Imogen Kelly, Japan's Cherry Typhoon and France's Gentry de Paris. The stateside lineup is headed by Miss Exotic World 2011, Seattle-based Indigo Blue, and features plenty of Gotham talent, including Gin Minsky, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Harvest Moon and Angie Pontani. Location, time and price vary; visit thenewyorkburlesquefestival.com for more information. Sept 29--Oct 2.
78. Doll up your dog at a Harvest Festival
Most city slickers are pretty far removed from agricultural activities, but don't let that stop you from celebrating fall's bumper crop on October 22 (any excuse for a party, right?). There will be music, theater, local restaurant food and a canine costume contest (which featured two adorable pups in unicorn outfits last year) at Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd at Broadway, Long Island City, Queens; 718-956-1819, socratessculpturepark.org; 11am--2pm; free). At the same time, Brooklyn Bridge Park will offer pumpkin decorating, live music, a Halloween parade and other festivities at Pier 6 (Furman St at Atlantic Ave, Dumbo, Brooklyn; 718-802-0603, brooklynbridgeparknyc.org; 10:30am--1pm; free).
79. Navigate the Amazing Maize Maze
Solve clues and puzzles to find your way out of this playfully named three-acre corn maze in Queens. On October 8 and 15, the cereal labyrinth shuts at 9pm instead of 4:30pm—test your sailor skills and see if you can use the stars to navigate your way out. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Floral Park, Queens (718-347-3276, queensfarm.org). Sat, Sun 11am--4:30pm; $9, children under 11 $5, children under 3 free. Sept 17--Oct 30.
80. Step back in time at the Brooklyn Museum
Head up to the museum's fourth floor to peruse more than 20 beautifully preserved period rooms, which, unlike the rooms in the Met's new American wing, are mostly devoid of crowds. Get a glimpse of the lavish Gilded Age with the Moorish-style smoking room from John D. Rockefeller's late-19th-century midtown house. Marvel at the elegant drawing room from Col. Robert J. Milligan's mid-19th-century residence, or admire the understated living room from Maj. Henry Trippe's Maryland estate from the early 1700s. 200 Eastern Pkwy at Washington Ave, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org). Suggested donation $10, seniors and students $6, children under 12 free, members free, first Saturday of every month (except Sept 1) 5--11pm free.