NYC LIFE: Architecture, Pumpkins, Harry Potter, Coffee, Wildlife Films
Yep. The ice-skating rink at Rockefeller Center officially opened this weekend. Harry Potter fans rejoice! The highly anticipated “Harry Potter: A History of Magic is now open at the NY Historical Society. It’s Architecture Design month and you can get access to more private buildings in NYC. The coffee festival is back this weekend. Head to the Westbury Manor this month for the incredible pumpkin spectacular. If you love wildlife, get tickets now to the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival. And please join us for a fabulous afternoon of entertainment on Nov. 10th to honor our vets. Fall – don’t you love it?
Now to Jan. 27. “Harry Potter Exhibit Opens at the NY Historical Society
The highly anticipated “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” exhibition is now open at the New York Historical Society. The exhibit combines century—old treasures including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New-York Historical Society—with original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives. From medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins to the origins of the sorcerer’s stone, visitors will explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts and see original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling. Get tickets now.
Throughout the run of the exhibition, there will be engaging and interactive activities sure to delight Harry Potter fans of all ages! Purchase tickets for trivia nights, art workshops, creative writing classes, social meet-ups, open mics, book clubs, and engaging courses that explore the Hogwarts curriculum as well as a host of family programs.
Oct. 8-13. Architecture and design month
Archtober NYC’s architecture and design month features hundreds of events, tours, and exhibitions organized by more than 60 partners across the five boroughs. You’ll get entry to many buildings and environments normally closed to the public. From historic to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances, and other special events. Register here
Oct. 12-14. The Coffee Festival Is Back
Coffee lovers hurry to the Metropolitan Pavilion this weekend. This year’s festival will feature live experiences from over 85 coffee, food and equipment suppliers. Visitors will enjoy endless free coffee tastings, interactive workshops, demonstrations from world-class baristas, delicious street food, intoxicating coffee cocktails, live music, art and so much more.
100% of all profits will be donated to Project Waterfall with funds directly entrusted to NYC-based charity: water to support their life changing water projects in coffee growing regions. For more information about charity: water and their recent projects, go to www.charitywater.org.
The Festival will take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 6th Avenue, West 18th Street. Get the details.
October 12 – 29. The Pumpkin Spectacular
Long Island’s most iconic, truly unique, family-friendly fall event, RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns, is returning to the beautiful Old Westbury Gardens. Come see 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns creatively arranged along a scenic walking path and set to a musical score designed to bring out the fall spirit in visitors of all ages! You will love it, we promise. Get tickets.
October 19 – 25. Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
See over 100 stunning films (mostly short) about wildlife worldwide and attend an opening reception or panel discussion at Wildlife Conservation Film Festival at Cinema Village Theater. The purpose of this non-profit group is to inform, engage and inspire audiences about the need for and importance of the protection of global biodiversity.
Nov. 10. A Fabulous Afternoon of Music for a Great Cause
Two of our Three Tomatoes partners, veterans advocate Anne Akers and Randie Levine Miller are presenting a fabulous afternoon of music at the Triad thanking our military, first responders, and veterans for their service. Randie will host and perform with the best girl trio, The Janes, along with some of Broadway and cabaret’s best – Tony LoBianco, Lee Roy Reams, Steven Maglio, James Valenti. All proceeds to Operation Warrior Shield and VETWELL, “Healing the Hidden Wounds of War.” The TRIAD, Nov. 10 at 3:00 PM. Tickets are $55 + 2 drink minimum.