Happy 85th birthday to Coney Island’s famedCyclone! For those who aren’t familiar with the Cyclone, it’s a historic wooden rollercoaster in Brooklyn that is considered to be the father of America’s rollercoaster revolution! To kick off the celebration this Saturday, Luna Park will pay homage to the Cyclone’s 1927 debut by offering guests the chance to ride the coaster for just 25 cents (the same price it was 85 years ago) for the first 85 minutes of the event! And of course, there will be plenty of other fun-filled festivities including live music, food, contests, and fireworks on the beach. More Info.
Are you a jewelry aficionado? Do you obsess over unique, fine jewelry? If you answered yes to both questions then you most certainly will want to head over to the NYC Museum of Arts and Design’s newest exhibit: Hanging Around: Necklaces from the MAD Collection. The exquisite and unique works on display date from the 1960’s to the present. Some items feature precious metals and rare gemstones, while others derive their impact from materials as unconventional as pig intestines, gun triggers, mustard seeds, LED lighting, black coral, butterfly wings, phone directories, mirrors and lenses. The Museum of Arts and Design’s collection of contemporary jewelry is considered to be one of the finest in the world! The exhibit runs until May 21st so you have plenty of time to enjoy this amazing collection. General admission: $15; students and seniors, $12. Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle. (212) 299-7777. More Info.
New York City Wine & Food Festival
Are you as obsessed with the Food Network as we are? If you are, then you certainly do not want to miss the 4th annual New York City Wine & Food Festival! The festival brings together America’s most beloved celebrity chefs and food lovers to celebrate all things delicious. 100% of the net proceeds go to charities that help fight hunger in the five boroughs and throughout America. September 29-October 2. More Info
Shape’s 6th Annual Pilates for Pink
Gather up your girlfriends and head over to Union Square park this Sunday from 9 - 5 PM to shape up for a cause with group pilates classes taught exclusively by the pros from Equinox. Shape magazine has joined forces with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in an effort to raise awareness and funds for life-saving breast cancer research. Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among women and most of us have known someone that has been affected by this. This interactive event is a great way to get involved and support a wonderful cause while doing something good for yourself! Tickets required. More Info
This Saturday at 2 PM, join New York artist, Lisa Taliano, as she gives an artist talk at Ten43 Gallery. She will be discussing her current works on view at the gallery, her philosophy on her abstract pieces and her life. Ten43 Gallery is located on 1043 Madison Avenue, between 79th & 80th Streets. More Info
15th Annual Dumbo Arts Festival
Art lovers will not want to miss the Dumbo Arts Festival. This three day art extravaganza will take place in the Dumbo neighborhood on the Brooklyn waterfront and will showcase more than 500 artists, 120 open art studios, 40 live performances—all free of charge so bring the whole family! More Info
Lingerie and Lace: A Lesson In Allure
Did you know that 80% of woman wear the wrong bra size? Finding the perfect fitting bra can feel like a never ending quest, but it doesn’t have to be! It’s crucial to find a bra that fits you correctly and this special 90 minute seminar will help you do just that. You’ll be able to receive a professional bra fitting, lessons in bra cups, band sizes, strap problems, lingerie and shape-wear techniques, and expert tips you’ll wonder how you ever lived without! $42 to attend. Saturday, September 25th, 11:30 AM at 36th Street Studios. More Info
Hammer & Claw Blue Crab Feast
New Yorkers will have a chance to experience a taste of Chesapeake Bay with the 1st annual Hammer & Claw Blue Crab Feast! Come enjoy a weekend of crab picking, claw cracking, and lots of great beer drinking. This all-you can eat crab feast is exactly like those seen throughout Maryland during the summer crab season. It’s so authentic that you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Maryland! The feast will take place September 23-25 at the The Tunnel @ Terminal Stores. More Info
Daphne Guinness Exhibit
Take a peek at one of the world’s most original fashion icon’s enviable wardrobe! Daphne Guinness—heiress, socialite and muse to the late Alexander McQueen—is the subject of a special exhibition at the Museum of FIT. We can’t help but admire her fearless sense of style! The exhibit will feature approximately 100 garments and accessories from Guinness’ personal collection, including her notorious 10-inch heels and vast collection of couture—plus films, videos, and images, of and by her. The exhibit opens September 16 and runs until January 7th. More Info
(Images via The Museum at FIT)
Feast of San Gennaro
Join in on the festivities this weekend at the 85th annual Feast of San Gennaro. The lively celebration takes place on the streets of Little Italy and is an 11-day event featuring religious processions, colorful parades, delicious Italian food, free musical entertainment, and much more. And, you can’t miss the world famous cannoli eating contest! Bring the whole family and enjoy the crisp fall weather this weekend as you stroll through lower Manhattan while munching on plenty of scrumptious delicacies. More Info
'Between Us: A Model's Life'
W Times Square celebrates FNO with ‘Between Us, a Model’s Life’, an exclusive photo exhibit celebrating the work of former Dutch model turned fashion photographer Annemarieke Van Drimmelen. Evening will be hosted by Vogue Photography Director, Ivan Shaw, Annemarieke van Drimmelen, Zani Guggelman and W Hotels’ Global Fashion Director Jenne Lombardo. There will also be a pop-up bazaar with exclusive items from CFDA Fashion Fund Designers including George Esquivel and W Hotels’ Fashion Next designer, Juan Carlos Obando Music by a French DJ duo Miaou Mix, Le Baron Resident DJ. September 8, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm. W Times Square, 1567 Broadway.
(Image via NY Magazine)
"Here is New York" - 9/11 Memorial Photography Exhibit
Commemorate the tenth anniversary of the tragedy of September 11, 2001 by visiting the 'Here is New York: a Democracy of Photographs' exhibit. The free exhibition is a memorial installation of more than 500 images taken by amateurs and professionals alike in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. It will be open to the public beginning Saturday, September 10 through Sunday, September 18, from 10am to 6pm daily, at 195 Broadway, between Fulton and Dey Streets, in Manhattan. More Info
"Bill Cunningham New York" Screening
If you haven’t had a chance yet to see the documentary featuring The New York Times' veteran street style photographer and want to check it out, the film will be screening at the Crosby Street Hotel on Sunday, September 11th from 8 - 10 PM. You don’t want to miss a special question and answer session with Phillip Gefter, producer, and Richard Press, director! Ticketed event.
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Curl Up With A Good Book
With the prediction of heavy wind and rain brought on by Hurricane Irene this weekend, you’ll probably be spending much of your time indoors. We suggest staying at home and curling up with a good book! There are so many spectacular novels to choose from. Here are a couple recommendations:
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett - #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list, this heartwarming story follows the lives of a young white woman and two black maids in 1960s Mississippi. This novel is sure to make you laugh and cry with its unforgettable characters. We recommend going to see the movie as well!
One Day, by David Nicholls - Another book that was recently made into a movie starring Anne Hathaway, this novel is a great choice for those that are romantics at heart. The unique episodic story follows the lives of one couple, Dex and Emma, on the same day over a period of 20 years.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot - This fascinating and moving story of medicine and family, is the true story of Henrietta Lacks, who was a poor African American mother of five that died from a cruelly aggressive cancer at the age of 30 in 1951. A sample of her cancerous tissue, taken without her knowledge or consent, turned out to provide one of the holy grails of mid-century biology: human cells that could survive—even thrive—in the lab. Not just a story about science, this book delves into the life of Henrietta and the impact her death and scientific discovery had on her family.
For more recommendations, check out the New York Times Best Sellers List.
Parked! Food Truck Festival
One of the great things about NYC is the abundance of food trucks! They seem to have taken the streets by storm, and this Saturday, you’ll have the chance to sample delicious grub from more than 30 of the city’s most popular food trucks at Parked! Food Truck Festival. The trucks will convene around South Street Seaport from 10 am - 8 pm. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it! There will also be live music, face painting, cooking demonstrations, and a playground on site for kids. More information
Blues BBQ Festival
The eating commences on Sunday with Hudson River Park’s annual Blues BBQ Festival. Back for its 12th year, this grub fest brings the best Blues bands from across the country together with the finest New York City BBQ restaurants for a fantastic summer day on the river. This feast for your senses brings you the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a true southern BBQ experience! Sunday from 2-9 pm. More information
Astoria Park Shore Fest
Escape the city for a bit this weekend and head over to Astoria, Queens for the Astoria Park Shore Fest! The festival is an all day event that will take place on Sunday and will include live music, educational activities, fitness programs and food-tastings with various neighborhood restaurants. The event is free so you can enjoy a good time guilt-free! More Info
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Indulge in some culture and check out the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival! This annual sporting and multicultural event takes place on Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens. Cheer on over 120 dragon boat teams from across North America as they race one another. This exciting event also provides attendees with the chance to sample traditional Chinese foods and watch special performances. Admission is free, so bring the whole family! 9 am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday. More Info
Better Than Jam Summer Pop Up Shop
If you’re a Etsy-holic and love handmade items, you must visit Better Than Jam’s pop up shop on Governor’s Island! Now through September 5th, one of the island’s historic houses will become a veritable treasure chest, filled with the work of local designers who have turned their eye toward the island just off the shore of Manhattan for inspiration. Only a short ferry ride away, Governor’s Island has a feel that is completely different from anywhere else in New York City. Once you’re finished shopping, rent a bike and enjoy an afternoon leisurely riding around the island. Open 11am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday. More Info
(Image via Time Out New York)
"Sporting Life" exhibit at the Museum at FIT
Brush up on your fashion knowledge by visiting the Sporting Life: Fashion & Textile History Gallery at the Museum at FIT. This exhibition explores the fascinating relationship between sportswear and fashion from the mid-19th century through the present. Featuring more than 100 garments, accessories, and textiles from the Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition is organized thematically around styles associated with sailing, swimming, golfing, skating, motoring, and other sporting activities. Open Saturdays from 10 am-5 pm until November 5th. More Info
(Images via The Museum at FIT)
The Summer BBQ Blow Out Festival is presented by Finger On the Pulse & City Winery. There will be chefs, bands, and DJs to accompany the festivities. Buying a $60 ticket here will get you 10 Food servings (one from each chef), 2 free drinks, and 3 hours of DJs and Live Music. Or click here to get a $45 ticket that does not include drinks. It is the first weekend of August!! Send off your summer with some good barbeque and entertainment! This event will be Saturday from 1:00pm until 4:00pm at City Winery. More Information
At 7:00pm on Saturday there will be a Shelebration!! The tribute to the works of the great Shel Silverstein is a great Saturday evening family activity. The works of Shel Silverstein will be read by musicians and special celebrity guests at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. This event is free so go enjoy a summer evening listening to The Giving Tree along with the other works of Shel Silverstein. More Information
This Sunday Summerstage presents “Tunde’s Trumpet” by Chisa Hutchinson. This musical production celebrates the magical effect of music on the life of a young boy, and it is preformed on sock puppets!! This musical is said to be of interest to all audiences so get together all of your friends or go with the family to Tunde’s Trumpet. This will be playing at Marcus Garvey Park at 8:00pm on Sunday with free admission. More Information