It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s elephants! Don’t believe us? Head to Brooklyn’s most iconic block for a spectacle the whole family can enjoy.
Not much can be expected when waiting for pigs to fly…but elephants? Watch souvenir versions of the adorable animal parachute down onto Brooklyn’s most photographed block in Dumbo (pun very much intended!). Look to the skies and then hit the streets for a few bites from local spots like Front Street Pizza and Oddfellows, kid-friendly activities, and an art installation in conjunction with Photoville at the nabe’s best block party of the year. Friday, September 27; 4–9 p.m. (#DumboDrop at 6 p.m.); Washington Street (between York and Plymouth Streets)
Director-writer Joshua Gelb’s newest work, a collaboration with composer Nehemiah Luckett, is a deconstructed “exhumation” of the phenomenally popular early sound film The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson. Jolson, a Jewish vaudevillian, performs regularly throughout the picture in blackface, leaving behind a problematic legacy that Luckett and Gelb will do their best to untangle in this new experimental musical. Through Saturday, October 12; Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street (between Pitt and Willett Streets), Lower East Side
Eating + Drinking
If you believe yourself to be a Japanese food enthusiast—or have simply seen Jiro Dreams of Sushi one too many times—your own foodie dreams might come true at David Bouley’s Flatiron spot. Renowned chef Toshio Matsuno brings the culinary mastery of Kyoto to this five-day pop-up, where he’ll serve multicourse kaiseki lunches and a 10-course feast to lucky ticket holders. Saturday, September 28–Wednesday, October 2; 31 West 21st Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), Flatiron
Let’s face it: Halloween is a monthlong celebration. With October just around the corner, what better way to begin the frightening festivities then at every kid’s favorite event of the year, Boo at the Zoo. Visit an extinct animal graveyard, hold a hooting owl (or screeching raven!), and get lost inside an intricate corn maze. Sunday, September 28–Sunday, November 3; 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
The 57th New York Film Festival kicks off on Friday, and this slate of long-awaited features (Scorsese’s The Irishman), documentaries (The Booksellers, an in-depth look into NYC’s bookstores), and shorts (featuring work from emerging filmmakers!) is one not to miss. Members of the WSWD team got a sneak peak at this year’s lineup; keep an eye out for coverage on a few of our faves! Friday, September 27–Sunday, October 13; Film at Lincoln Center theaters