CULTURE VULTURE: Mark Your Calendars For the Most Anticipated Events New York Has to Offer!

By Gwen Wunderlich-Smith


Fall is here officially here and as you head back to the city, mark your calendars for the most anticipated events New York has to offer. If sailing up the Hudson River while taking in the beauty of the changing leaves and sipping on chilled mimosas sounds good to you, add an evening of outdoor opera or a daring and dark Halloween ball. With these and other festively fall choices, you’ll have the best social season to date!


Weekend Yachting

It’s changing leaves viewing at its finest! Take in the views of the west side of Manhattan, the George Washington Bridge and the beautiful fall colors of Palisades Park as you sail up the Hudson River in a luxury yacht. Sip on Bloody Marys or Mimosas while enjoying the best of New York cheese, produce and local baked goods. Don’t think of this as a tourist experience; this intimate, dreamy experience has only the finest features. There are floor-to-ceiling windows and large skylights, although we always prefer our views from the outdoor deck. We also love the vintage 1920s setting, making the experience feel like a luxurious step back in time.

A Novel Idea

Get your bookmarks ready … the Brooklyn Book festival is back! Returning for another celebration of the written word, there will be vendors for all your literary needs and readings and panels for those particular bookworms. Attracting thousands of book lovers of all ages, this lively festival lasts for a week and is filled with film screenings, parties, literary games and author appearances. We especially love women who love books like us, so you can be sure to see us there. Read on, readers!

A Halloween Ball

Woeful widows and vengeful villains are invited to roam a grand Victorian residential palace in New York City on the dark evening of Halloween. The PhantasmaGOREY Halloween Ball is an elegantly deranged celebration of all things whimsical, dark and Edward Gorey. Built in the style of a Renaissance palazzo, dancers, musicians and opera singers cast their spell under projections of dancing skeletons, giant spiders, gilded bats and cobwebs. Be prepared for an unforgettable night of dancing with ghouls for this extravagant Halloween ball, but make sure you dress the part.

Met Opera Season

Outdoor Opera

Here’s your opportunity to watch encore viewings from the Metropolitan Opera’s Grammy-, Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning “Live in HD” series. Taking place in Lincoln Center Plaza, over 3,000 people will participate in 10 consecutive nights of free screenings. Finally, opera has become available to the broadest audience for an unbeatable price: free! Hope for clear skies and grab a bite from your favorite street vendor as you take a seat to take part in this screening unlike any other.


Fire, Zombies and Darkness Galore

Have you ever been so scared that you’ve had to run for your life? Well, The Zombie Run is all about survival of the fittest. Take part as a human in this year’s obstacle course and you’ll be risking your life as zombies try and take your “life flags.” Warning: You only get three! If you prefer to be a zombie, you can get a head-to-toe makeover that is straight out of a movie, then make humans scream with terror. Not your average fun run, there are two courses of 3.1 miles. The Zombie EXTREME is about 10-12 obstacles, whereas Zombie BLACK OPS is filled with fire, obstacles and darkness. Get yourself over to Aviator and Sports Center in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and risk your life this October 25th.



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