It’s hard to keep track of everything that happens in New York week to week with so many openings and closings, not to mention film shoots in Brooklyn that make us think it’s finally happened and we actually live in Gotham now. That’s why we’ve started a weekly culture roundup to highlight the stories that might have passed you by. Check in with us every Friday for the latest on pop-ups and other fast-moving action around the Big Apple. In case you missed it:
Stars in the City!
October is the last month you can stargaze at the High Line, an event put on by the Amateur Astronomers Association every Tuesday at dusk until the 30th, or Halloween Eve if you will. Light pollution around any major city makes it hard to lie down somewhere for that clichéd-but-still-romantic look at the stars, but this is your chance to test out some high-powered telescopes run by someone who actually knows a thing or two about the celestial sights. Check updates on @highlinenyc on Twitter to make sure weather conditions haven’t interfered with your night out.
Gramercy Has Never Tasted So Good
Gramercy Park is hosting its sixth annual Taste of Gramercy tomorrow, September 29. Gramercy is already the site of some of our favorite food, including the steakhouse Boucherie Park and Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Tavern, but this is your chance to check out more than 20 restaurants from the neighborhood. Tasting tickets vary from $30 to $70, depending on your appetite, and all of the proceeds from the event will support healthy meal programs at New York public schools. Yay for good causes!
Even though it’s the start of Libra season, you won’t want to miss Leo Bar at the Asia Society. With autumn comes the alliterative Free Fall Fridays at the museum, just one of the great New York torchbearers of East Asian culture. Note: Leo Bar accepts cash only for its specialty cocktails, which you can carry with you as you get free admission and a free tour of the latest exhibition, “The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for New India.” (Oh, and we do our own thing on Fall Fridays, too.)
Eat Up Broadway
The start of fall means nights are getting cooler, but Urbanspace is giving us a reason to don a sweater and head to Greeley Square to try all of the food at the Broadway Bites Fall Market, which is open every day September 24–November 2, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Vendors include some familiar favorites that pop up around the city, including: the delicious Silly Chilly Dumplings we raved about over the summer, amazing doughnuts from the Doughnuttery we tried in Chelsea Market, and Tuscan food from Casa Toscana that we loved at the Winter Village in Bryant Park. Most items come in under $10, making Broadway Bites an affordable way to find good eats on your lunch break in midtown (imagine!) or in the evening when you’re off the clock.
The Nightmare Well Before Christmas
Immersive art exhibitions—intended to bolster your Instagram presence—are popping up all over New York City. (We had the chance to check one out just last week!) This newfangled approach to galleries allows visitors something we’ve all wanted: to touch the art. The fun is going to take a dark turn once October kicks local Halloween excitement into full gear. The Dream Machine in Williamsburg is transforming itself into The Nightmare Machine, described in press material as “the culmination of your greatest phobias and freak-outs designed to be tactile and shareable.” This one might not be for the faint of heart, but it looks like a great way to celebrate one of New York’s favorite holidays with a millennial twist. We even have some ideas on how you can put together a costume to come prepared for your photo op.
No Sleep Till…Late October
The legendary Beastie Boys are going on the kind of tour they haven’t done before. No concert would be the same without the incomparable Adam “MCA” Yauch (RIP), but this excursion through the U.S. is to promote the formative rap group’s new memoir, Beastie Boys Book—which comes in at a whopping 600 pages. Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz (joined at every event by a guest moderator TBA) are kicking off their promotion with two nights in New York at the end of October.