The best of what to do in and around New York this week
This week in New York, we have a full menu of fall festivities. Things get spooky at Blood Manor, which is as scary as it sounds. Then see a modern interpretation of an 18th-century dance at the Joyce Theater, or watch a performance where four artists and writers share their favorite pieces from the cutting room floor. Instead of Columbus Day, consider learning more about American Indian history and culture with Indigenous Peoples Day. Or get away for the long weekend with a flight to Boulder, Colorado.
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October 6–November 5 | Haunted house
If you’re looking to get in the Halloween spirit and like to be scared, check out Blood Manor, a seriously scary haunted house for grown-ups that opens this week. Imagine 5,000 square feet of themed rooms and a labyrinth of passageways where you never know what’s hiding around the next corner. With attractions like The Crypt, Thunderdome, The Wake, and Maggot Invasion, it definitely hits all the creepy crawly marks. This is a far cry from that dinky haunted house your neighbor used to make.
Times vary | 163 Varick St., New York | From $30 | website
October 8–10 | Escape the city
Take advantage of the long weekend by traveling further afield this weekend. Direct flights to Boulder, CO are only about four and a half hours, and although Colorado may be most famous as a winter ski destination, October is a beautiful time to visit as well. Wander the eclectic downtown area, which is full of appealing shops and restaurants. It’s hard to miss the Dushanbe Tea House with its distinctive design and colorful mosaics, and it’s well worth a stop. A gift from Boulder’s sister city of Dushanbe (the capital of Tajikistan), the tea house serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and, of course, tea. Boulder is also home to a well-established microbrew movement, which you can taste at Fate Brewing Company. Get outside and take advantage of the hiking opportunities. Many trails are within walking distance of downtown, including those at Eldorado Canyon State Park.
Through October 9 | Dance
It’s your last chance to catch NY Quadrille, conceived and curated by Lar Lubovitch. A quadrille is an 18th-century dance performed in a rectangular configuration and viewed from all four sides, so they had to transform the Joyce Theater and construct a special stage to host these performances. Lubovitch selected four choreographers to create exciting contemporary dance works inspired by this older form, and the two-week engagement closes out with the creation by choreographer Loni Landon.
Times vary | Joyce Theater, 175 8th Ave., New York | From $35 | website
October 10 | Cultural festival
Indigenous Peoples Day
You may or may not have this Monday off for Columbus Day, but the Redhawk Council is encouraging people to rethink the holiday and celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead. Starting with a sunrise celebration at 7 a.m., the daylong event will feature music, storytelling, artists, and guest speakers highlighting the culture and history of the indigenous people who were already here when Christopher Columbus “discovered” America. For the fully committed, pack your tent and come the night before for an evening campout with music and song.
7 a.m.–4 p.m. | Randall’s Island, Ward’s Field, New York | Free | website
Writers—whether working on flippant comedies, poignant dramas, or blockbuster scripts—must be fierce editors, sometimes cutting material they love but know isn’t right for the piece. Known in the biz as “kill your darlings,” these bits that have ended up on the cutting room floor can make their way into other works, but usually end up collecting dust. In this fun, free evening, four creative individuals will “resurrect” their favorite dead darlings live on stage in a church. Hosted by writer/performer and female drag queen Amanda Duerte, the lineup also includes Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lucy Aliber (Beasts of the Southern Wild), writer and actor Cole Escola (Difficult People), cabarettista and radio host Julie James (“The Julie James Show” on SiriusXM), and photographer Gretchen Robinette (the New York Times).
8 p.m. | Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Sq. S., 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.