The best things to do in and around New York this week
This week in New York, give yourself permission to head to Times Square like a tourist and check out artist Rachel Valdés Camejo’s new art installation. Get in the mood for Halloween with a live reading of a scary story, celebrate hard cider at one of the many events affiliated with Cider Week New York City, or bike around the Bronx with the annual Tour de Bronx. To flee the city, head to nearby New Jersey for apple and pumpkin picking.
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October 18 - November 21 | Art
The Beginning of the End
Last week, Cuban artist Rachel Valdés Camejo, along with Times Square Arts and the Cuban Artists Fund, unveiled her large, interactive public art installation called The Beginning of the End. Participants walk through three mirrored surfaces—a floor and two walls—and investigate the relationship among the viewer, the art, and the surrounding space of Times Square. The result is almost like a human kaleidoscope. The art installation will be on view through November 21.
Broadway Plaza btw. 46th and 47th St., New York | Free | website
October 20 | Literature
Tales from Beyond the Pale
Get in the Halloween spirit with a live performance from acclaimed audio series Tales from Beyond the Pale, curated and hosted by Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid. Although usually presented as 30-minute, downloadable “radio plays for a digital age,” this one-night-only live reading will feature two brand new chilling stories that will send tingles down your spine. The whole program will last around 90 minutes, with performances of Who Killed Johnny Bernard? and Game Night.
7:00 PM | Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St., New York | $18 | website
October 21 - 30 | Drinks
Cider Week New York City
Craft cider is having its moment. Celebrate with a week of cider-centric tastings, dinners, and classes all around the city. There will be cheese and cider pairings, a grilling “Porktoberfest,” a gluten-free Oktoberfest, a cider 101 class, cider and chocolate pairings, an applepalooza, and so much more. The festival continues through October 30 and takes place at dozens of venues across the boroughs, from cheese shops and restaurants to greenmarkets and bars.
Times, locations & prices vary | website
October 22 - 23 | Escape the city
Chester, New Jersey
If you don’t yet have a jack-o-lantern–worthy pumpkin for Halloween, why not escape the city and pick your own? Chester, New Jersey, about an hour outside the city, has a few worthwhile places for DIYers. Try Riamede Farm for a truly pick-you-own experience—you even have to bring your own shears to cut the pumpkin from the vine. It also offers hayrides and apple picking. For something a little more full-service, with apple and pumpkin picking as well as a corn maze, hayrides, and children’s activities, check out Alstede Farms. For a pleasant autumn hike, hit the trails at the nearby Black River Wildlife Management Area.
October 23 | Bike ride
Tour de Bronx
Bicycle enthusiasts will want to check out the largest free cycling event in New York State this Sunday. Riders can choose between a 25-mile and 40-mile route, both of which end at the New York Botanical Garden, where riders will be welcomed with a complimentary T-shirt and live music. The shorter ride goes through historic Mott Haven, along the East River at Clason Point, and by Pelham Bay Park. The longer route includes a visit to the historic Fort Schuyler on the Throggs Neck Peninsula and City Island. Whichever you choose, it’s a fun and fit way to spend a beautiful autumn day.
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Starting point: Harris Field, Bedford Park Blvd. W. btw. Goulden Ave. and Paul Ave., New York | Free | website
A native New Yorker, Katherine is a freelance food and travel writer who has eaten her way across the globe and is always on the lookout for her next great meal. She is an avid reader, insatiable traveler, sometimes photographer, and mom to an inquisitive toddler.