We could give you a virtually endless list of things to do in New York City, from a monthly round-up down to the current week, and even down to the next hour. Whatever brings you to the Big Apple, whether in pursuit of fashion, the latest Broadway show, art exhibitions or losing yourself among millions of unique idenities - and whether it's your first time or hundredth, here are some itinerary ideas to keep on-hand.
Journey across the Brooklyn Bridge
Dedicate the time and make the journey from Lower Manhattan to Brooklyn, perhaps the Tri-State area's most famous borough. Once you get to Brooklyn, you can take on the culinary path, boutique shops and multi-cultural events. One event to keep in mind is Photoville, a pop-up village at Brooklyn Bridge Park that pays tribute to the art of picture taking. And what better place to practice your snapshots? Shipping containers will serve as on-the-spot gallery installations with various art works. The Smorgasburg Beer Garden is also hosted here, with special brews, snacks and late night film screenings in the evening.
Celebrate the world
Embrace the multicultural scene, from Germany to Italy and the best of Made in the U.S.A. Experience Oktoberfest in Central Park with an authentic costume and celebrate like the Germans and Austrians during the city's Steuben Parade. Bavarian brews and merry marchers will be the focal point here, so be prepared to cheer the afternoon away. And if tickets are sold out, you can always immerse yourself in good old American brews during Cider Week. More than 50 bars and restaurants in New York will be offering special, free tastings with a host of workshopss at some of the city's popular pubs and beer dens. Over in Little Italy, the Feast of San Gennaro is entering its 91st year, celebrating the patron saint of Naples. Italians take their festivals seriously, so expect 11 days of religious processions, traditional carnival games, Italian delicacies al fresco and plenty of live music.
Experience natural evolution
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the New York Botanical Garden are wonderful places to experience the change of season, disconnect from the concrete maze of streets and also sign up for interesting events, cocktails and workshops. While you're at the New York Botanical Garden, make sure to see the latest exhibition by Dale Chihuly, whose illustrious works of art are beautifull displayed on the park grounds. At the Brooklyn Botanic Garden you can join free guided tours across the park and a host of events including garden styling and cocktail evenings for registered members. If you're travelling with kids or looking for a fun activity with friends or special dates, plan an afternoon at the Queens County Farm Museum. It's a good break out of town, but it is a New Yorker's tradition to celebrate autumn by taking to the fields for pumpkins, corn, and apple picking.
Join an architecture tour
New York has its glorious share of architectural styles from the Chrysler Building to the Guggenheim Museum, and the New York Public Library to the Dutch architecture of the village. Yet it does not stop there. A tour with Guiding Architects will show you how the city is constantly reinventing itself, a dynamic entity that is both receptive and susceptible to many changes in the urban bubble. Trained architects will take you on a journey to discover the new buildings that are popping up, where art takes to the streets and a wave of repurposed structures are revolutionising the cityscape. Tours run in English, German, Spanish and French.
Open House New York takes place on October 14th, granting visitors exclusive access to the city's most important buildings - 275 to be specific - most of which are not open to the public on an ordinary day. This is a wonderful way to experience the old and new New York, to learn about the people who have built the city and those who continue to preserve and cultivate the New York skyline from the ground up. Special tours, talks and performances are set up across town over the weekend so be sure to check the schedule and book here.
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Delve into American Culture
If you love the humour, intellectual thought and famous comics section of The New Yorker, you should consider attending the official New Yorker Festival from October 6th to the 8th. The magazine's most refined writers and thought leaders will sit down for a chat with some of the literary, art, theatre and film world's most fascinating figures. The line-up includes Chelsea Manning, Yotam Ottolenghi, Ai Wei Wei and Sofia Coppola. You'll also be able to have an official preview of upcoming films, attend concerts and attend interesting panel discussions.
You can also catch a series of public art installations by American artists. One to keep an eye out for is Liz Glynn, whose showcase is inspired by the Gilded Age, featuring cast-concrete sculptures of furniture and architectural elements in Beaux Arts style.
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