WHAT TO DO IN NYC OCTOBER 28 – NOVEMBER 3

So many exciting things going on in NYC, so little time! Here are my top picks of the best trending parties, events, museum exhibitions, and entertainment to check out for October 28 – November 3. For more on Halloween parties and events, click here.

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special EVENTS

“HAUNTINGS OF NEW YORK” WALKING TOUR WITH SARAH

October 29 & 30 | 7p- 9p | $55

Lower Manhattan and Dumbo (Brooklyn Bridge)

Join me for a limited-time-only tour this Halloween season. We will travel together with candle-lit lanterns in hand through some of New York’s spookiest locations. During this tour, we will visit several haunted places; a graveyard known to have a headless ghost, a mass-grave for revolutionary war soldiers, and the spirit of city’s most corrupt politician who died locked in a dirty jail cell. Next, we will cross the Brooklyn Bridge and I’ll share why it is nicknamed the “Bridge of Death”. Plus I’ll talk about why it is the site of the best documented case of alien abduction ever. The tour ends on a beach overlooking the Manhattan skyline that was once controlled by murderous river pirates and today is a site of a ghost ship. This tour is two-hours long and 1.5 miles of walking on mostly flat land.

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PARTIES

BOOGIE DOWN HALLOWEEN BOAT PARTY

October 31 | 6-9am | $35+

Hornblower Cruises & Events, Pier 40, 353 West Street, NY, NY 10014

“Ahhh, Halloween. The one day of the year where our fantasies know no bounds. A chance to indulge our imaginations, explore non-human forms and let creative energy thrive. Come sunrise on Thursday, October 31st prepare for a thrilling journey suited for the wild and spellbound—we’re sneaking onto the Hornblower Infinity at Pier 40 to lift spirits and creep it real for a wicked good time. So whether you’re feeling witchy, alien, or ghoulish, channel your most fantastical alter ego and don a magical disguise. The morning kick-starts with Me2Me2 to ignite our haunted hearts, and we’ll BOO-gie down as FDVM and emcee Elliott LaRue bewitch the dance floor with mischievous vibes. We’ll dance until we drop, then rise again. Zombodie has to do it. Trick-or-treat yo’ self—we’ll see you on the dance floor.” – Daybreaker

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ROSÉ MANSION: HALLOWEEN PARTY

 October 31 | 7-11:30pm | $85 | Age 21+

111 West 32nd Street, NY, NY 10001

“Trick or treat yo’ self to some boos and a haunting good time at the mansion. You’re invited to an exclusive Halloween Party at Rosé Mansion on October 31. We’ll be celebrating the spookiest day of the year Rosé Mansion style with festive face painting, ghoulish characters, costumes, and hair-raising performances. We’ll also have wine cocktails from the crypt, bewitching bites and Halloween candy that you don’t even have to go door to door for.  The eerie entertainment begins after 7 pm in RoséLand with a live DJ and other performances. Dressing up is highly encouraged. We’ll be having a Halloween Costume Contest and giving one winner 10 complimentary Rosé Mansion tickets, plus a Cabana Party Package ” – Rosé Mansion

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 QUEEN OF HEARTS: MAD MASQUERADES

October 31 – November 2 | 8pm | $145+ | Age 21+

Company XIV, 383 Troutman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237

“Lose your head at one of three Halloween extravaganzas coinciding with the closing weekend of Company XIV’s wondrous Queen of Hearts. These sensual, decadent tea parties are sure to give you plenty of tricks and treats. Enjoy an exclusive, closing-weekend performance of Queen of Hearts, Company XIV’s acclaimed interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Start the evening with a complimentary cocktail served ice-cold upon arrival. Indulge in a luxurious selection of tea sandwiches, hors d'oeuvres and sweets throughout the evening. Dress to impress, each night a winner will be selected for Best Costume and awarded a gift bag of XIV swag.” -  

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EVENTS

GREAT BEER EXPO

November 2 | 12:30-4pm or 5:30-9pm | $45 + tax | Age 21+

NYCB Live Exhibition Hall, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY 11553

For some Saturday fun involving tons of beer tasting, head to Long Island for the 12th annual Great Beer Expo. “Fall’s best beer fest will showcase more than 60 local, national, and international breweries offering more than 100 beers for sampling. The biggest names in brewing are excited to be joining in on the festivities. This year’s not-to-be-missed beer tasting extravaganza will showcase your favorite breweries from around the corner, around the country, and around the globe, and will highlight some of the newest to hit the craft brew scene! The event will help raise funds and awareness for Kids Need More. Ticket includes: a 5 oz. souvenir tasting cup and the freedom to enjoy 2 oz. samples from any exhibiting brewery, winery, or cidermaker.” – Great Beer Expo

You can take the Long Island Rail Road to the Hempstead train station and walk one block to the Hempstead Bus Terminal. You can also take the N70, N71, or N72 bus, which will drop you off on Hempstead Turnpike opposite NYCB Live, or take the LIRR to Westbury train station and secure a taxi or car service.

Learn more here | Buy Session 1 tickets here  |  Buy Session 2 tickets here

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GREAT FOOD EXPO

November 2-3 | 10am-5pm, 11am-5pm | $5

New Jersey Expo Center, 97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison, NJ 08837

“Because you’re here, we suspect you’ve got a thing for cooking, baking, wine, and entertaining. That’s great, because we share your passion for Great Food and Beyond. Join us on November 2-3, 2019 at the New Jersey Expo Center Sip and sample, enjoy Specialty, Gourmet and Ethnic Foods, Beverages, Coffee, Tea, Specialty, Cookware and Flatware, Culinary and Cooking Schools, Healthy or Organic Products, Kitchen Designers, Large and Small Kitchen Appliances, Home Decor, Entertaining Companies, Travel- Food or Wine Destinations, and more. Get inspired by Celebrity Chefs Graham Elliot and Sasha Pieterse as they share their cooking secrets, along with kitchen makeover experts, DIY decor, and great tastemakers.” – Great Food Expo

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MUSEUM/ART EXHIBITIONS

HANS HAACKE: ALL CONNECTED

Now – January 26, 2020 | $18

 New Museum, 235 Bowery, NY, NY 10002

“For six decades, Haacke has been a pioneer in kinetic art, environmental art, Conceptual art, and institutional critique. This retrospective brings together more than thirty works from across the artist’s career, focusing in particular on the way he expanded the parameters of his practice to encompass the social, political, and economic structures in which art is produced, circulated, and displayed. The exhibition includes a number of Haacke’s rarely seen kinetic works, environmental sculptures, and visitor polls of the late 1960s and early ’70s, all of which were central to discussions around systems aesthetics in art during that period; works from the 1970s and ’80s addressing the corporate sponsorship of major art institutions and political interference; and more recent works considering the intersection of global capitalism, nationalism, and humanitarian crises around the world. The exhibition also serves as the New York premiere of Haacke’s sculpture Gift Horse (2014), a bronze sculpture of a horse’s skeleton adorned with an LED ribbon streaming stock prices in real time, which the artist originally created for London’s Fourth Plinth program. This long-overdue assessment of his work highlights its formal and critical complexity and the remarkable consistency with which he has approached the relationship between art and society.” – New Museum

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 WANGECHI MUTU: THE NEWONES, WILL FREE US 

Now – January 12, 2020 | $16

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, NY, NY 10028

“The NewOnes, will free Us, by Kenyan-American artist Wangechi Mutu, inaugurates an annual commission to animate The Met's historic facade. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt and completed in 1902, the facade features four niches that were always intended to house free-standing sculptures, but have long lain empty. In filling them now with Mutu's extraordinary sculptures, the Museum brings to fruition a dream 117 years in the making.

Mutu has responded to The Met's invitation by creating four bronze sculptures, individually titled The Seated I, II, III, and IV (2019). As with all of her work, these pieces engage in a critique of gender and racial politics that is as pointed as it is poetic and fantastic. With The NewOnes, will free Us, the artist has reimagined a motif common to the history of both Western and African art: the caryatid, a sculpted figure, almost always female, meant to serve as a means of either structural or metaphorical support.” – The Met

Ticket price information here

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THEATRE/ENTERTAINMENT

THE IMBIBLE: A SPIRITED HISTORY OF DRINKING 

New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street, NY, NY 10019 | $89 | Age 21+

“The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking sweeps audiences along a 10,000-year journey through history and across the globe accompanied by three complimentary craft cocktails! World-renowned mixologist and raconteur, Anthony Caporale, pours through beverage history, the science of alcohol, and its economic and political impact on our cultural development, all while brewing beer, distilling spirits, and singing with The Backwaiters acapella group! Presented in its entirety in a bar, A Spirited History of Drinking treats audiences to a completely original and thoroughly enjoyable evening of immersive theatre utterly unlike anything they’ve ever experienced! Guests leave educated, entertained, and buzzing with spirit.” – The Imbible  

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HADESTOWN

Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 West 48th Street, NY, NY 10036 | $69+

“Hadestown intertwines two mythic tales—that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone—as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies. and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, Hadestown is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go.” – Hadestown

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