Happenings Guide Fall 2021

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With back-to-school season and the days getting shorter, it’s official: Fall has arrived. As New York City continues to reopen and recover from the pandemic, we welcome activities, safe gatherings, and top destinations for residents and tourists alike. The void for interaction is now being filled with many of the city’s top attractions including dining, nightlife, culture, arts and entertainment.

New York continues to provide opportunities for new and engaging activities to keep you busy during the Fall, and into the start of Winter.

This edition of the Warburg Autumn Happenings Guide has us getting excited for all the new attractions that will be opening across the city in essentially every category: bright lights of Broadway being flicked back on, to pumpkin picking on Governors Island!

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Grab your pumpkin spice latte and gear up for family-friendly attractions celebrating Halloween in the city and just a short drive outside the city.

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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze  |  September 17-November 21, Hudson Valley, NY

Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns —all designed and hand-carved on site. New this year, gawk at the always-impressive New York City skyline’s pumpkin treatment and take a stroll under the sea in an immersive river display.

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The Bronx Zoo  | October 2-31, Southern Boulevard Bronx, NY

Trek the candy trail, explore an extinct animal graveyard, and take in pumpkin carving demos as the Bronx Zoo’s annual Halloween tradition returns, bringing with it tons of family-friendly activities.

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NYC’s 48th Annual Village Halloween Parade | October 31 @ 7pm, Avenue of the Americas and Canal Street

The Annual Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village has been a long-standing tradition in NYC, bringing out all of the city’s spookiest goblins and ghouls for a night of frightening fun for the past 48 years. Attendees can join the parade by arriving at the entrance point ready to go in full costume. The parade entrance will be on Sixth Avenue and Canal Street and will continue north on Sixth Avenue until 16th Street.

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Broadway is officially back! After its longest shutdown in New York City history, the bright lights of Broadway flick back on for some show stopping productions. Outside of Times Square, immerse yourself in concert experiences in multiple locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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Broadway is back!  | Various dates, Various NYC Locations

After its longest shutdown in history, New York’s Broadway reopened in early September, with curtains going up, dazzling lights, and symbolic characters hitting the stage once again. Theater lovers, culture vultures and screen-weary adventurers are ready to return to these storied sanctuaries of music and storytelling. Here is a list of all shows, and their return to Broadway dates.

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Candlelight Halloween Jazz  | October 25, 149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY

Celebrate the Halloween Season with an immersive concert experience like no other. Come jam out with some of New York’s most talented musicians, as they put on a show stopping Halloween spectacular. Immersed in candlelight our eyes are tricked—and treated! Shadows flicker on the mausoleum walls, accompanying the violins’ ominous yet melodic heralding of All Hallows’ Eve; this thrilling combination of sound and sight heightens all of our senses, preparing us for whatever may be lurking around the corner.

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Tribute Concert | Various dates, Various NYC Locations

Get ready for a series of high-octane tribute concerts! After having enormous success around the world—in cities like Madrid, Lisbon, and Liverpool —the experience has finally made its way to New York City. Listen to some of your favorite songs by Queen, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and more.

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An upside that came out of the pandemic was Manhattan’s ability to quickly transform the streets so diners could enjoy food and drink outdoors. From floral arrangements at Eataly to a gorgeous new rooftop restaurant with panoramic views, here is a list of all things to eat and drink this season.

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2021 New York City Wine & Food Festival  | October 14-17, Various Locations

The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (NYCWFF) is a star-studded four-day event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned chefs, wine and spirit producers, culinary personalities, lifestyle experts and America’s most beloved television chefs while raising critical funds to nourish vulnerable New Yorkers affected by severe illness and food poverty through God’s Love We Deliver and Food Bank For New York City. Link to purchase tickets can be found here.

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Serra D’Autunno by Birreria  | Monday – Sunday, 200 Fifth Avenue, NYC

SERRA by Birreria has shed its green blooms and put on a full fall foliage look for the season! Get ready to embrace fall like never before with cozy cocktails, vini, and an experience that transports you to an autumnal Italian countryside. Book your table here.

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Panorama Room  | Now open, Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island now has a breathtaking new rooftop bar with never-before-seen views of four different boroughs. The 168-seat rooftop bar and lounge is located on the 18th floor of Roosevelt Island’s first-ever hotel!
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OktoberFest at The Standard Biergarten  | Now – October 31st, 848 Washington Street
A Feast Fit for a King (or Queen)! Oktoberfeist is a decadent, oh-so-yummy pork shank platter (which serves up to 6) plus all of the fabulous fixins. Add a 5L mini keg to your table to make the experience even more kegs-cellent. Make your reservation here.
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Uptown Night Market

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Uptown Night Market  | October 14 – 15, 2331 Riverside Drive
MASC Hospitality Group, the producers of Bronx Night Market, is bringing its successful open-air concept, celebrating cuisine, community, and culture to West Harlem. The market features a curated and diverse selection of local West-Harlem & NYC-based food, beverage, arts & crafts, and packaged goods vendors. The series will also feature live performances from Harlem and NYC favorite local artists, and a variety of all family activities. It will employ predominantly – local staff and suppliers. Tickets are free but reserve your spot here.
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OktoberFest at Watermark Bar  | Now through October 24th,  78 South Street
Experience OktoberFest in New York! Seven days a week, experience everything that makes Oktoberfest great – authentic German beer, brats and giant pretzels, Oktoberfest decorations and fun for the entire family. Enjoy the festivities at the 3,500 square foot venue which features amazing views of the Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges and Brooklyn skyline. RSVP here.
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From a month-long series celebrating the best architecture and design that our city has to offer, to new heights at One Vanderbilt, below are some new attractions that are both immersive and interactive to enjoy throughout the season.

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Dior Exhibit  | September 10-October 24, The Brooklyn Museum

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams explores the history of the House of Dior, bringing to life Dior’s many sources of inspiration—from the splendor of flowers and other natural forms to classical and contemporary art. The exhibit presents over 200 haute couture garments as well as photographs, archival videos, sketches, vintage perfume elements, and accessories.

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Archtober  | October 1-31, Various Locations

Now in its 11th year, the Center for Architecture’s Archtober includes a host of events, exhibitions, and expert-led tours and talks, all of which provide a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings, cultural institutions, and public space that make New York, New York. For the second year in a row because of the coronavirus, the festival will feature a combination of in-person and virtual programming, allowing more people than ever to participate.

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Summit One Vanderbilt  | Starting October 24, One Vanderbilt

Guests will be able to look over NYC from at least 1,000 feet with only glass between them and the view. “Ascent,” is an all-glass enclosed elevator that travels up the outside of the building to 1,210 feet while “Levitation,” is a series of transparent glass sky-boxes that jut out of the building at 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue. The Summit aims high with a forthcoming all-day cafe and bars, too, by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events.

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Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition  | Through January 2, 2022, 100 6th Avenue

Take a life-size, up-close, never-before-seen perspective of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. With special expertise and care, the ceiling paintings from the Sistine Chapel have been reproduced in a truly unique way u sing licensed high definition photos. Brought to life using a special printing technique that emulates the look and feel of the original paintings, visitors are given a chance to engage with the artwork in ways that were never before possible: seeing every detail, every brushstroke, and every color of the artist’s 34 frescoes.

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Go pumpkin picking on Governors Island, which is now open to the public year round. Stock up on stocking stuffers early at the annual Bryant Park Winter Village. Below are a selection of engaging outdoor activities to keep you on your feet.

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Winter Lantern Festival

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Winter Lantern Festival  | Various dates, Staten Island, Long Island

NYC’s magnificent Winter Lantern Festival is returning with three different events that will have New York glowing like never before. Created as a way for visitors to experience and learn about the culture and craftsmanship of traditional Chinese lantern festivals, these incredible events have been met with rave reviews year after year. Every lantern is entirely handmade, formed with thin wire, brightly colored silk or gauze, and lit by LEDs for the most magical creations — ranging in size from massive structures you can walk through to a garden of light-up tulips!

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Pumpkin Point  | October 23-24 & 30-31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Governor’s Island

During the last two weekends of October, Pumpkin Point will bring thousands of pumpkins to Governors Island, transforming historic Nolan Park into a fall wonderland. Visitors are invited to stroll through the expansive pumpkin patch and pick out a pumpkin to take home in exchange for a small suggested donation. Programming will include free, Halloween and autumn-inspired arts and crafts activities, story-telling, live music and more. A selection of Governors Island vendors will offer seasonally inspired food and beverages on-site, including autumn brews.

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Oktoberfest Cruise  | Through October 31, Pier 83 Midtown

Cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain State Park and enjoy an on-board Oktoberfest! Take a fifty-mile cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain State Park while enjoying autumnal sights and Oktoberfest-themed experience, including German food specials, Oktoberfest beers and a German Polka band. See amazing sights while you sail, including Hook Mountain surrounded by ravens and hawks. Once at Bear Mountain, spend two hours hiking and enjoying nature. A great way to spend your weekend!

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Bryant Park’s Winter Village  | October 29- January 2, 2022, Bryant Park

The annual winter wonderland at Bryant Park will feature tons of holiday shops, a pop-up rink-side food hall, and a 17,000-foot free ice skating rink as the centerpiece. The Holiday Shops will be open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on weekdays, and from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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