What’s On in New York, Oct 2019

Autumn is well and truly in swing, and there are plenty of things to experience in New York – including the spookiest night of the year – Halloween! 

AWNY is hosting and supporting the following events – come along and join us:

Fri 4 Oct and Tues 22 Oct: The Emotional Transition of Moving to New York 
When you moved to New York did you feel a roller coaster of emotions? If so, you’ll love this hands-on workshop run by Susie Lang, a New York-based licensed Mental Health Counsellor, herself an Aussie. Tickets are available for a morning session on Fri Oct 4 and an evening session on Tues Oct 22 – $15 for members/$20 for non-members.

Wed 9 Oct: AWNY Book Club 
The popular AWNY Book Club meets again! This time to discuss Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. Join us from 6 – 9pm, at The Liberty NYC, 29 W 35th Street, New York. We have reserved the front lounge. Please RSVP using the AWNY Book Club registration form. This is a free event.

Wed Nov 6: Working in the USA 
Back by popular demand! Belinda Jackson of Working in the USA has run this workshop for the AWNY community for several years. Find out why it’s been so popular. Tickets are available via the AAA website. All welcome – women & men, members & non-members.

Sat Nov 16: Fall Winery Tour 
Join AWNY for our inaugural wine tasting event this fall. We’ll be embarking on a day-long adventure into Long Island Wine Country, sampling wines and exploring the surrounds – set against the backdrop of stunning fall foliage. Tickets are limited and include transport to and from the event, as well as entry and wine tastings at three wineries, plus a light lunch. All welcome – women & men, members & non-members. Purchase your ticket today

Special Offers for AWNY and AAA Members 
The American Australian Association recently launched its new individual membership program with exciting discounts from our friends at Qantas, Humming Puppy, Bluestone Lane, R.M. Williams, Dinosaur Designs. Apply for membership – it’s 100 % tax deductable.

The following events are happening around NYC throughout October and beyond:

October 1 – 13: Fall for Dance Festival 
New York City abounds with world-class, cutting-edge dance – but the annual Fall for Dance Festival brings together a year’s worth of highlights in just under two weeks – with tickets just $15. 

October 3 – 6: New York Comic Con 
Brace yourself – the Geeks are coming! New York Comic Con draws 180,000 aficionados of comics, graphic novels, anime, video games, movies and TV from around the world. Big names show up for signings, screenings and panels, while cosplayers roam the Javits Center.

October 4 – 6: Taste of Priceless 
This is an immersive exhibition that brings together new and existing works by artists Monika Bravo, Daniel Lismore, Marilyn Minter, and Jennifer Rubell at Spring Studios. Exploring the role of identity through taste, the multisensory experience will invite guests on an artist-led journey and culminate in the unveiling of the first taste of Priceless, two bespoke macarons conceived by artist Raphaël Castoriano, who is known for working in the mediums of sugar and pastry, and crafted by luxury Parisian confections Ladurée, which encapsulate Mastercard in two custom flavors: Passion and Optimism. Tickets are just $10 and all proceeds benefit the World Food Program USA.

exhibit Daniel Lismore New York
Image by Daniel Lismore for a Taste of Priceless

October 5: Paper Kites at Murmrr Theater 
Melbourne’s Paper Kites bring their beautiful folk rock to Brooklyn’s Murmrr theater. Tickets from $30. 

October 10 – 13: New York City Wine & Food Festival 
NYCWFF returns for another food-and-beverage-filled few days. Events include the Blue Moon Burger Bash, a master sushi class with Masaharu Morimoto and Duff Goldman’s Family Ice Cream Fun-dae with the home base once again at Piers 92 and 94. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Food Bank for New York City and No Kid Hungry. 

October 11 – 13: New Yorker Festival 
A spin-off of the magazine, each October The New Yorker Festival brings together the biggest names in news, politics, books, film, music, art and popular culture for three days of events. This years guests include Presidential hopeful Mayor Pete Buttegieg, Patti Smith, Florence and the Machine, Willem Dafoe, David Byrne and Bon Iver. 

Until October 13: New York Film Festival 
Since 1963, the New York Film Festival has showcased the latest work from the world’s most esteemed filmmakers, and has introduced some of the most innovative new voices in cinema to New York City audiences. Organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the festival presents classics, a full slate of documentaries and full-length features, as well as other special events. 

October 15 – December 14: BAM Next Wave Festival 
Brooklyn Academy of Music’s annual Next Wave Festival serves as New York City’s most comprehensive and daring survey of avant-garde music, theater, opera and dance. This year’s performances include a reinterpretation of Swan Lake and performances of Barber Shop Chronicles that tells the stories of father-son relationships and black masculinity.

October 18 – 20: Open House New York 
Get a glimpse of NYC’s rarely seen spaces with Open House New York – from boardrooms to bedrooms, crypts to clubs, factories to firehouses, lighthouses to lookouts, monuments to mansions, skyscrapers to substations there’s enough to satisfy anyone’s inner snoop.

knitting yarn crafts

October 18 – 20: New York State Sheep and Wool Festival (Rhinebeck) 
This weekend festival at Dutchess County Fairgrounds on the Hudson Valley is the highlight of any self-respecting knitter/fiber lover. Donuts, warm cider and the leaping llamas are a must see, but the real reason 30,000 yarnaholics descend on the village of Rhinebeck is the 300+ vendors of yarn. Imagine the Royal Easter Show without the rides, replace the show bag hall with yarn vendors, and you have an experience you will not forget. Hop on the Amtrak from Penn Station to Rhinecliffe, grab an Uber, or book a day trip with one of the following groups: Knitting Around New York, or String Thing Studios.

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October 31: West Village Halloween Parade 
Get your Ghoul on, and join the 50,000 people decked out in some of the City’s scariest, most inventive and most hilarious costumes as they parade up 6th Avenue. A costume is essential for joining the parade, but those in civvies can take in the spectacle from the sidelines. Marchers line up on Sixth Avenue between Canal and Spring Streets. The parade gets rolling at 7pm and heads north up Sixth Avenue to 16th Street. Just don’t blame us if a Zombie gets you!

All month: Hitchcocktober 
Repertory Cinema fans will be delighted to know that Village East Cinemas have declared the tenth month Hitchcockober.  Each Thursday watch classics like Dial M for Murder, North by Northwest, The Birds, The Lady Vanishes or Psycho.  Tickets from $15.

All month: Archtober 
New York’s architecture and design month features hundreds of events, tours and exhibitions organized by more than 60 design partners across the five boroughs. 

End of October: Get your (ice) skates on The slow march to winter begins mid-October when New York begins to open its ice rinks. The Wollman Rink at Central Park opens late October, and provides skaters with iconic New York skyline views. Situated at 59th Street and 6th Avenue, the rink has featured in Love Story, Home Alone 2, Night at the Museum, Gossip Girl and Serendipity. You might not have John Cusack’s heart, but you can skate in his footsteps, starting from $12. Rink at Rockefeller Center is arguably the quintessential New York Winter experience.  There are a multitude of packages available, from breakfast, afternoon tea or dinner and skating.  Book now and avoid the Christmas rush. The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park offers not just an ice rink, but great Christmas present options at the market. Grab a hot chocolate, s’mores, and food at The Lodge, and watch the skaters circle the rink. Free if you bring your own skates.

Author: Fran Alison

A 20th Century girl in a 21st Century world

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