The New Yorker Festival

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David Remnick and Jonathan Franzen at the New Yorker Festival
In the 16th edition of its signature festival, The New Yorker brings more than125 authors, actors, musicians, academics and cultural icons for special conversations, interviews and performances with the esteemed publication’s editors and writers. Highlights include the leading boy from Girls, Adam Driver, in conversation with Lizzie Widdicombe (Gramercy Theater, 127 E 23rd St; Oct 3 at 7pm; $45), an interview followed by a live performance from pop band Haim (Gramercy Theater; Oct 2 at 7pm; $45) and comedian Jim Gaffigan talking hot topics and hot pockets (MasterCard Stage at SVA Theatre, 333 W 23rd St; Oct 2 at 7pm; $45). Tickets have already sold out to events with the likes of Billy Joel, Toni Morrison and Patti Smith, but don’t lose all hope: A certain number of tickets will be released one hour before each show.

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Francesca Turchiano

The Festival is great, but the decision to hold some events in deepest Brooklyn and one on Staten Island is not. We've got some $200 in tickets we won't be be to use because of absurd travel times between events - something that could not be calculated in advance of the race to actually secure tickets. Next year, let's go back to one borough, probably Manhattan, where most out-of-state goers take occupancy.