The completion of this 11,000-square-foot institution documenting and honoring the victims of the 1993 and 2001 World Trade Center attacks is the final step in Ground Zero’s transformation. Architectural remnants of the Twin Towers, including the “survivors’ stairs” (which served as an escape for evacuees and was the only aboveground structure still standing on the WTC site after the attacks), will be included in the exhibit. Victims’ families will receive free admission. 1 Albany St at Greenwich St (212-312-8800, 911memorial.org). Opens spring 2014.
Audiophiles, rejoice! Beset by delays since 2011, Rough Trade’s U.S. flagship is due to arrive in Williamsburg just before Thanksgiving. The 15,000-square-foot space’s curated, ever-evolving offerings will include tens of thousands of titles—about half CDs, half vinyl—plus books and magazines. Part of the refurbished warehouse will become an intimate venue for free gigs hosted by the shop’s namesake label and ticketed concerts booked by the Bowery Presents. Lest concertgoers go hungry and thirsty, food and drink will also be sold. Location TBA; visit roughtrade.com. Opens Nov 25.
The building that houses this Flushing institution has served many functions: It held exhibits during the World’s Fairs (’39–’40, ’64–’65); the United Nations occupied the space (’46–’50); and it became a museum in ’72. When it reopens after a two-and-a-half-year renovation, it can add neighborhood hub to the list. Programming and exhibits—such as the series “Queens International 2013” (through Jan 19), which will host performances on- and off-site—will focus on the surrounding community and its artists. The space itself has doubled in size and features a revamped lobby and café. Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, enter at 49th Ave and 111th St, Flushing, Queens (718-592-9700, queensmuseum.org). Opens Nov 9.
This Brooklyn Bridge Park landmark’s days as a beautiful husk are numbered. Currently roofless, and in use by photographers looking for arty backdrops, the 1861 building is set to be transformed into a home for Off Broadway mainstay St. Ann’s Warehouse. The design will preserve the weathered brick outer walls while adding, y’know, windows and a roof and stuff. The complex will feature a performance space and a multipurpose area available for use by neighborhood groups, as well as a birch grove open to the air and the public. 26 New Dock St at Water St, Dumbo, Brooklyn. Opens fall 2015.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
After two holiday seasons as a pop-up in Williamsburg, the crowd-pleasing Brooklyn Night Bazaar heads north to a permanent home: a 24,000-square-foot Greenpoint warehouse. And yes, its most popular craft and food vendors—including BrisketTown, Lobster Joint and Oaxaca—are coming. Expect quality entertainment in the form of weekly curated concerts and art installations, too. Plus: minigolf ($5)! 165 Banker St at Norman Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (bkbazaar.com). Fri, Sat 6pm–midnight. Opens Nov 1.
When MSG hosts its first event since the early summer on Friday 25—a preseason tilt between the Knicks and the Charlotte Bobcats—the third and final round of a three-year, billion-dollar renovation project will be complete. Additions include a new scoreboard, a sleek Seventh Avenue entrance, two pedestrian walkways in the rafters above the action and a restored ceiling. Don’t delay, as the time you’ll have to see the new digs is limited. Kidding—the Garden’s lease runs out in 2023. 4 Pennsylvania Plaza between 31st and 33rd Sts (212-465-6741, thegarden.com). Opens Fri 25.
Lakeside at Prospect Park
This $74 million makeover is the largest in the green space’s history and will add a ton of draws, including seasonal ice- and roller-skating rinks, a café, a boat dock and wading pools for kiddies—all along the newly restored scenic waterside. Construction has been under way since 2009, overhauling 26 acres of the park’s southeast corner to reconstruct Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s original design. Prospect Park, enter at Lincoln Rd and Ocean Ave, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn (prospectpark.org). Opens in December.
The latest renovation of a big chunk of Governors Island is finally coming to fruition, with 30-plus acres of new parkland scheduled for completion next month. The large area south of Colonels Row will have two baseball fields just off New York Harbor (Play Lawn) and a plaza featuring public art (programmed by Tom Eccles) and seats for lounging (Liggett Terrace), but our favorite new feature is Hammock Grove: a shaded, tree-lined, ten-acre respite boasting 50 comfy slings for the public’s reclining pleasure. Governors Island (212-440-2202, govisland.com). Opens May 24, 2014.
The final section of the refurbished railway is set to open within a year, unveiling the first of three planned construction phases. The expansion will extend the walkway from its current end point at 30th Street north to 34th Street and west to Twelfth Avenue, running above the West Side Rail Yards, and will feature benches, an elevated catwalk, picnic tables and a path through existing wild plant life. The High Line, enter at Tenth Ave and 30th St (212-206-9922, thehighline.org). Opens fall 2014.
We’re very excited to duck into these New York attractions, some of which are opening as early as November. The future promises big developments in Prospect Park and on Governors Island, as well as newb spots like Brooklyn Night Bazaar’s year-round home and Rough Trade’s first U.S. shop.
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