October in New York - News, Attractions, Openings

10/08/2021



Fall has arrived in New York, albeit with very mild temperatures for the season, and we are preparing for the long-awaited Foliage (the change of colors,) Apple picking, jack-o lanterns, and Fall decorations. In the city, the reopening trend of old and new attractions continues strong, especially given the long-and-much awaited reopening of the US Borders to all vaccinated international tourists which is scheduled for later in November.

Governors Island - Now open year-round

One of the latest news we have for you, Mayor De Blasio and the Governors Island Trust have recently announced that Governor's Island will finally be open year-round starting November. Soon the park will announce the ferry schedule for its Winter Season. One of the best-kept-secrets in NYC, Governors Island offers incredible views of the bay, the skyline, the Statue and many activities for children and adults alike.

MoMA PS1 - The Greater New York Exhibit

Greater New York returns to its fifth edition at MoMA PS1 after being delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Greater New York is an exhibition created by MoMA PS1 to explore and promote artists who live and work in the greater New York City. This year, we'll have 47 artists on display whose works offer a meaningful and confident image of New York City revealing the often untold stories of local artistic productions.

While New York is slowly remerging after the pandemic, visiting this exhibition will offer us the opportunity to reconnect with a community of local artists, some of whom have worked for years without recognition. These artists, who have witnessed and lived first-hand the transformation of the big metropolis, are now sharing their personal, and social, experiences with us all.

The Exhibition runs until April 18th, 2022

Chelsea - The COOLEST Neighborhood in the World? 

This year, our very own Chelsea was named one of the 10 coolest neighborhoods in the entire world! Placing 6th overall thanks to all the new public spaces that have opened recently, and which we needed more than ever in 2020-21, as well as new restaurants and attractions that entertain New Yorkers and Visitors alike... Let's see what the 6th coolest neighborhood in the world has to offer –

The new floating park - Little Island on the Hudson River and the nearby City Winery. Chelsea Market where we find the renovated Chelsea Flower Market. Dia Chelsea, one of the best art galleries in the neighborhood that along with many others make Chelase the go-to area for art gallery lovers. The High Line, always full of events and outdoor exhibitions that will now take us to the Hudson Yards and the new Penn Station –Moynihan Train Hall. 

Okctoberfest

We still have the whole month to celebrate Oktoberfest in NYC. Among the many places we would like to share with you –
Pier 15 with Watermark's Bar - Ainslie in Brooklyn famous for their Italian-style - Chelsea Market - The Standard Biergarten - Brooklyn Navy Yard - Brooklyn Brewery and/or The Bronx Brewery.

Halloween

Time to get ready for Halloween. As always, New York starts getting ready with decorations, parties, shops, etc., almost a month before October 31st when all the festivities culminate in the famous West Village parade along 6th Avenue. To admire some Halloween decorations, it is enough to stroll around the city. We particularly recommend -

  • West Village, Upper West Side and Upper East Side as residential neighborhoods, even for a possible Trick-or-Treat with children; in these iconic neighborhoods, do not miss the historic Townhomes transformed into real mini haunted-houses.
  • The famous Peace-Sign House returns with its fall colors - found along 22nd between 8th and 9th Avenue.
  • The legendary Pumpkin Arch returns to Pier 17 perfectly framing the Brooklyn Bridge.For those of legal drinking age (21+) a Haunted Cocktail Soirée awaits you, inside a typical New York Townhouse in the Financial District that has been transformed into a real Haunted House where visitors are invited to dress like in the roaring 20s and walk the haunted corridors while enjoying typical cocktails. Waiting for you – a giant Ouija Board, cocktails, magic, music and more - Tickets available to purchase starting from $68.00

Bottom line – New York City getting ready for Halloween is not to be missed!

The Great Jack'O Lantern Blaze

One of the hottest attractions - the largest Jack'o Lantern Exhibit in the US with more than 7,000 illuminated pumpkins all hand-carved by local artists sharing with us some of the most important stories and landmarks of NY State. From the Statue of Liberty to the Headless Horseman Bridge and much more.

New this year - a reproduction of the New York Skyline and its main icons from buildings like the Empire and the Chrysler to staples like Hot Dog Carts and Central Park Benches ... To conclude with a colorful "haunted" house surrounded by scary scarecrows and giant sunflowers!

This attraction is so popular with locals that it always sells out month in advance! There are two locations, the main and historic one in Croton-On-Hudson and the newer one in Long Island by Old BethPage. Both can be reached by car between 1 and 1.5 hours depending on traffic or by train, Old BethPage by train is about 2 hours away.