Friday Oct 4.
The Arsenal Gallery in Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue
All day, free
Get over the yuck factor and join eleven contemporary artists to explore the complicated relationship between humans and bugs. These artists portray the aesthetics of insects, whether they’re invading our homes or keeping ecosystems thriving. Ongoing through November 13, on weekdays.
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
Artist T.J. Wilcox fills the second floor of the Whitney with video and stills from a year of shooting panoramas of New York from his sky-high studio above Union Square. Through endless construction, changing seasons, and millions of New Yorkers on the move, Wilcox shows the city in all its sleepless glory.
Saturday Oct. 5
Art Gallery Tour
680 Park Avenue, at E. 68th St
St. Stephen’s Greenmarket
82nd St between York and 1st Ave
Bring your baskets to the steps of St. Stephen’s Church and load up on local apples, honey, fresh baked breads and organic meats and cheeses. Come early to snag the best of autumn’s first bounty.
Sunday Oct. 6
Pulaski Day Parade
Fifth Avenue, marching north until 56th St
Begins at 12:30pm
Nearly a quarter of a million New Yorkers claim Polish ancestry. Join the festivities as thousands celebrate Polish heritage in the city, and dance to classic polka marching tunes up Fifth Avenue.
Marc Chagall in Wartime
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Ave at 92nd St
The French artist, widely known and loved for his mystical depictions of Jewish life in Europe, went through two decades of particular hardships, escaping Soviet and Nazi persecution before finally arriving in New York. Love, War and Exile shows paintings from that time, a difficult but powerful productive period.
Nashville Tunes in Bryant Park
Southwest Porch at Bryant Park
42nd St and 6th Ave
Cassadee Pope, winner of The Voice (Season 3) brings the music of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry to the park. Kick back on the adirondack chairs, and grab a snack and a beverage, and hear Pope’s latest tracks from her upcoming debut album.
Tuesday Oct. 8
The Irish Exit
978 2nd Ave between 51st and 52nd St
Every Tuesday, this Irish pub brings comedians who have graced the stages of SNL, HBO, Comedy Central and more. Past guests have included Todd Barry, Neal Brennan, Christian Finnegan and Arj Barker.
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
Discover the beauty of Brooklyn’s Greenwood Cemetery, one of the oldest green spaces in the city and home to 175 years of history, architecture, and scores of prominent (and former) New Yorkers. The exhibit features artifacts, sculptures, paintings and photographs.
Wednesday Oct. 9
Oktoberfest at Heidelberg
1648 Second Ave between 85th and 86th St
Stop by this old school Bavarian restaurant and beer garden to celebrate the annual festival of German food, drink and culture. Dig into some schnitzel or bratwurst while you put away the very first steins of Oktoberfest lagers.
Haunted Pumpkin Garden
New York Botanical Garden
$20, children $8
Ring in the Halloween season with the whole family at this spooky garden filled with carved pumpkin sculptures of snakes, bats, and ghouls. Meet real bats, carve your own pumpkins and stick around for the Halloween Parade—a perfect getaway from the city just off the 4 train.
Thursday Oct. 10
Guided Tour of the Met
Metropolitain Museum of Art
10:30am, free with admission
Get lost among the masters of art and architecture, without actually getting lost; a museum expert will guide you through highlights of various cultures and time periods, giving you the background and curiosity to keep exploring all day long. Available in French and Spanish.
1000 5th Ave
A Conversation with Malala
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue at 92nd St
8pm, from $54
Malala Yousafzai is an education activist, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People—going on seventeen years old. Join CNN’s Amanpour for a talk about international education policy, and the journey of a young hero to millions of girls.
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