101 things to do in New York City in the fall 2013

Clear your schedule: Our fall calendar of things to do in New York—festivals, parades, shows, new activities and more—will fill your planner through November.

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    31. Do good things, earn a ticket to see Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer at Global Citizen Festival 2013, one of the most worthy things to do in New York in the fall

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    32. Have the bejesus scared out of you at Nightmare: Killers 2 haunted house, one of the most frightening things to do in New York in the fall

  • Photograph: John Tromp, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, © Charly Herscovici, ADAGP/ARS, 2013

    33. See the blockbuster show "Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938" at MOMA, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall. Pictured: René Magritte, La reproduction interdite (Not to be Reproduced), 1937

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    34. Visit an institution, like the Brooklyn Museum, for free on Museum Day Live! One of the best things to do in New York in the fall

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    35. See Massive Attack v Adam Curtis, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

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    36. Drink Sixpoint Brewery's Antic Amber at the Atlantic Antic, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

  • Photograph: James Ewing, courtesy Park Avenue Armory

    37. Experience opulence at Park Avenue Armory's renovated Board of Officers Room, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall. Pictured: Rendering of Herzog & de Meuron's design for the Board of Officer's Room at Park Avenue Armory

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    38. See the premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's The Tempest, part of American Ballet Theatre's fall season, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

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    39. Visit the new Queens Museum of Art, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

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    40. Eat at Ivan Ramen, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall. Pictured: Shio Ramen with hanjuku tamago topping at Ivan Ramen

Photograph: Michelangelo di Battista

31. Do good things, earn a ticket to see Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer at Global Citizen Festival 2013, one of the most worthy things to do in New York in the fall

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Music: Global Citizen Festival 2013

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Returning for a second year with another big bash in Central Park, Global Citizen allows you to earn your way in to catch Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer by performing civic-minded acts, with a goal of eliminating extreme poverty around the globe by 2030. Get started by visiting globalcitizen.org.

  1. Central Park, Great Lawn midpark, from 79th to 85th Sts
  2. Sat Sep 28
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Things to Do: Nightmare: Killers 2

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New York's biggest haunted-house experience has gone the way of the horror movie and returned with a sequel for the first time in its ten-year history. Nightmare creator Tim Haskell takes another stab at bringing historical and contemporary serial killers back to life, such as Harrison Graham, Aileen Wuornos, Ed Gein and Charles Manson. We're shaking already—there's nothing more frightening than a recurring nightmare.

  1. Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center 107 Suffolk St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts
  2. Sat Nov 2 - Sun Nov 3
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Art: "Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938"

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One of the titanic names of 20th art—and certainly one of the most popular and recognizable—René Magritte (1898–1967) is synonymous with a specific vision in which our experience of the ordinary is thrown into doubt, and real life seems invaded by dreams. The uncanny effect of his work was due precisely to the fact that Magritte, as painter, stuck tightly to realist script in order to upend the conventions of realism. This retrospective focuses on the years 1925 to 1938, the period when he developed his iconic style, which whatever its continued appeal, spoke eloquently of its time: the uneasy interlude between world wars.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Sat Sep 28 - Tue Dec 31
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Museums: Museum Day Live!

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Download a voucher from smithsonian.com/museumday to receive two free tickets to one of 27 New York City museums and cultural centers. Participating big-name institutions include the Jewish Museum, which premieres "Chagall: Love, War and Exile" on Sept 15; the Museum of Arts & Design, which debuts "Body & Soul: Contemporary International Ceramics" on Sept 17; and the Brooklyn Museum, which opens "Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish-American Home, 1492–1898" on Sept 20.

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Music: Massive Attack v Adam Curtis

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Though dour Brits Massive Attack may keep a low profile, it hasn't stopped them from spawning an entire music genre—trip hop, in the ’90s—with an influence that reverberates to this day, in the sounds of bands like the xx and the Weeknd. Don't miss your chance to see the real deal in (understated) action when the crew joins forces with filmmaker Adam Curtis for the U.S. premiere of Massive Attack v Adam Curtis.

  1. Park Avenue Armory 643 Park Ave, between 66th and 67th Sts
  2. Sat Sep 28 - Fri Oct 4
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Things to Do: Atlantic Antic

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  • Free

More than 500 food and craft vendors and ten stages will close down a busy Brooklyn artery for the annual Atlantic Antic. Spanning ten blocks and cutting through four neighborhoods, it's billed as NYC’s largest street fair, so there’s more to see than stands hawking pashminas and MozzArepas. The eclectic musical lineup brings together such diverse local talent as Tri-State Conspiracy ("psycho swing," ska and rockabilly), Brandi & the Alexanders (classic soul) and I'll Be John Brown (alt country). Graze on grub from Mile End, Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies and Red Hook Lobster Pound, washed down with Sixpoint Brewery's Antic Amber. Atlantic Ave between Hicks St and Fourth Ave, Brooklyn

  1. Brooklyn
  2. Sun Sep 29
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Arts & Culture: Park Avenue Armory's Board of Officers Room

Get a glimpse of the Gold Coast in the Gilded Age when the Board of Officers Room in the Park Avenue Armory reopens following a meticulous renovation. The refined space, where the regiment's colonel conducted meetings with his officers, was designed by Herter Brothers—a high society decorating firm that created opulent interiors for the White House and William H. Vanderbilt's Fifth Avenue mansion, among others—but had deteriorated after years of neglect. Now, as part of Herzog & de Meuron's $200 million revamp of the Armory, the surfaces have been de-grimed and returned to their original splendor. With the addition of new audio-visual facilities, the room will now function as an intimate salon for chamber music and other events. A series of recitals ($75–$100) kicks off on Sept 29 with a performance by baritone Christian Gerhaher. You can also admire the room as part of a guided tour ($10,  seniors and students $5, Armory members and children under 12 free); see armoryonpark.org for details.

  1. 643 Park Ave, (between 66th and 67th Sts)
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Dance: American Ballet Theatre Fall 2013

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ABT returns with the premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's The Tempest. Over the course of the season, the company—which features principals Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent, Gillian Murphy, Veronika Part, Xiomara Reyes, Polina Semionova, Hee Seo, Herman Cornejo, Marcelo Gomes, Daniil Simkin and Cory Stearns—will also perform Twyla Tharp's Bach Partita, Michel Fokine's Les Sylphides, Mark Morris's Gong and Stanton Welch's Clear.

  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Mon Sep 30 - Sun Nov 10
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Museums: Queens Museum of Art reopens

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As the only remaining building from the 1939–40 World’s Fair, the Queens Museum was certainly due for some TLC. But when the institution reopens this fall, after a two-and-a-half-year renovation, visitors will be welcomed by an airy, open redesign that goes far beyond a mere touch-up. In addition to improvements such as a new café and a light-flooded atrium, the museum will double its size and unveil a new Grand Central Parkway–facing facade, a transparent glass entryway that reflects its community-focused approach to programming and art. Inside, new studio spaces will allow for eight resident artists to create work on site. At the reopening, visitors can see Pedro Reyes: The People’s UN (pUN), a performance-based model legislature convenes in the new interior courtyard; “Peter Schumann: Black and White,” a retrospective of the puppet maker’s installations; “Queens International 2013,” a biennial show of borough-based artists; and “New York City Building Time Lapse, 2009–2013: Photographs by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao,” which documents the museum’s history and expansion. Much of the programming—such as a series of events at Corona Plaza—highlight the borough's individual neighborhoods, while other efforts are aimed toward special-needs, LGBT, recent-immigrant and teen visitors.

  1. Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, (near 111th St and 49th Ave entrance)
  2. Early Oct
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Restaurant opening: Ivan Ramen

The wait is almost over. Following this summer’s sold-out tastings at the Brooklyn Kitchen and Vans House Parties, Ivan Orkin completes his New York homecoming. The Long Island–born chef—with two shops in Tokyo—will debut his first stateside location, a 40-seat modernist ramen-ya on the Lower East Side. Employing his custom rye-and-wheat noodles, Orkin will serve his signature shio ramen—featuring a chicken-and-dashi broth—alongside garlic-infused mazemen, pulled-pork musubi and fried meatballs slicked with tonkotsu sauce. Watch the noodle star show off his Nippon-honed craft at the counter, or in warmer months, grab a seat in the back garden.

  1. 25 Clinton St, (between E Houston and Stanton Sts), 10002
  2. Projected opening early Oct
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