New York City Events October 2011

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New York City Events October 2011 represent the beginning of fall in NYC. The leaves, especially in Central Park, are just glorious and colorful. The first hints appear the holiday season is just around the corner.

The whole city is gearing up for Halloween and lightweight coats are the dress code. If we’re lucky, the NY Yankees are on their way to the World Series and the NY Giants and NY Jets are doing well so far in football season.

Ongoing New York City Events October 2011

New York City Events October 2011

Met Museum Roof Martini Bar

New York City Wine & Food Festival (10/2)

Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil (thru 10/8)

New York Film Festival (thru 10/16)

New York Musical Theatre Festival (10/16)

New Yorker Festival (9/30-10/2)

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Tickets on Sale:

NYC November Concerts: Jay-Z and Kanye West, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Josh Groban, Furthur, Sting, Enrique Iglesias, Paul Simon

NYC December Concerts: Tori Amos, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes

New York Comedy Festival

New York City Holiday Lights Tours

NIT Season Tip Off and Championship Game

67th Annual Columbus Day Parade

Columbus Day Parade NYC

Monday, October 10, 2011, 11am-3pm

Fifth Avenue 44th to 72nd Streets

(note shortened route from prior years)

Grandstands located on 5th Ave between 67th and 69th Streets.

35,000 marchers. Over 100 bands, floats and contingents. Nearly one million spectators.

The Columbus Day Parade celebrates the spirit of exploration and courage that inspired Christopher Columbus’s 1492 expedition and the important contributions Italian-Americans have made to the United States. Joe Piscopo & Maria Bartiromo were the 2009 Parade Co-Anchors. There is also a special Columbus Day Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

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October New York City Concerts and Shows

New York City Concerts October 2011

Smashing Pumpkins

Terminal 5, October 18th

Steve Miller Band

Beacon Theatre , October 11th

Indigo Girls

Beacon Theatre , October 13th

Duran Duran

MSG, October 25th

Sesame Street Live, Izod Center (NJ) Tickets, October 1, 2011

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!,
Beacon Theatre , October 14-16th

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Halloween in New York City

Halloween in NYC
Central Park Halloween, © NYCLovesNYC

The best things to do on Halloween in New York City, for both adults AND kids! The New York Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village is one of the largest and most famous in the world. There are tons of Halloween parties in NYC and all the best attractions, like Top of the Rock and Central Park, celebrate Halloween in New York City style.

See Halloween in New York City for the spookiest things to do in October.

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NYC by Foot – FREE Walking Tours of New York City

New York City Walking Tours - NYC by Foot

October has some of the year’s most perfect weather for a Walking Tour of NYCLion King, so why not try the city’s BEST and FREE walking tours?

NYC Insider Guide October Pick: Central Park

NYC by Foot offers tours through Central Park, Lower Manhattan, Greenwhich Village, Midtown and most every other area and neighborhood in NYC. Their guides are all licensed in NYC, are passionate about NYC and work just for tips! With about 2-4 tours around the City daily, what’s not to love about NYC by Foot? More New York City Walking Tours.

October in Central Park is AMAZING!!!! And even us lifelong New Yorkers can get lost in 843 acres of park. Join NYC by Foot and wander the winding pedestrian paths passing a pond, rocky outcrops, bridges, open fields and skyline views — all great photo opportunities. The tour will guide you down “The Mall“, a promenade lined with statues of famous literary greats, to the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, the main formal element of the park’s original design. The tour includes a stop in Strawberry Fields, a living tribute to John Lennon, and ends in front of the Dakota Hotel, where the great Beatles’s life was tragically ended.

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Big Apple Circus – Dream Big

Big Apple Circus New York City

October 20, 2011 – January 8, 2012

Lincoln Center Plaza in Damrosch Park

The spectacular Big Apple Circus leaps into its 34th Season with a thrilling All-New Show, Dream Big! The World’s Greatest Circus artists swing into action in the spotlight under our intimate Big Top, where no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring! Catch spirited horses, frolicsome dogs, a capybara, porcupine, acrobats, trapeze flyers and more!

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New York Giants Football Schedule and Tickets

Check out the New Giants MetLife Stadium, home of the 2014 Superbowl, and take the super-easy train to the game! See our star quarterback, Eli Manning, and break out wide receiver, Hakeem Nicks. With a strong defensive team, led by Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka, the Giants, hosting 9 home games this season, are serious AFC contenders. Tickets start at just $40 per game! More Info: New York Giants Tickets, Schedule and Directions.

NY Giants Schedule – Home Games 2011

New York Giants Tickets

Monday, 09/19 8:30 PM ET, ESPN vs. Rams

Sunday, 10/09 1:00 PM ET, FOX vs. Seahawks

Sunday, 10/16 1:00 PM ET, CBS vs. Bills

Sunday, 10/30 1:00 PM ET, CBS vs. Dolphins

Sunday, 11/20 8:20 PM ET, NBC vs. Eagles

Sunday, 12/04 4:15 PM ET, FOX vs. Packers

Sunday, 12/18 1:00 PM ET, FOX vs. Redskins

Sat, 12/24 1:00 PM ET, FOX vs. Jets (Jets Home)

Sunday, 01/01 1:00 PM ET, FOX vs. Cowboys

New York Giants Tickets

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New York Jets Football Schedule and Tickets

Get your New York Jets Tickets and catch NYC’s American football team in action at MetLife Stadium, shared with the NY Giants and home of the 2014 Super Bowl.
New York Jets tickets are a bit more available than Giants tickets, and you can even get some at a discount with no fees! After reaching the AFC Title Game the last two seasons, Rex Ryan’s team is looking to make a big jump. Quarterback Mark Sanchez is quickly becoming a star, and the defense with Darrelle Revis and Bart Scott is as good as there is in the NFL.
More Info: New York Jets Tickets, Schedule and Directions

NY Jets Schedule – Home Games 2011

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Sun, Aug 21 vs Cincinnati (PreSeason)

Thu, Sep 1 vs Philadelphia 7:30 PM (PreSeason)

Sun, Sep 11 vs Dallas 8:20 PM NBC

Sun, Sep 18 vs Jacksonville 1:00 PM CBS

Mon, Oct 17 vs Miami 8:30 PM ESPN

Sun, Oct 23 vs San Diego 1:00 PM CBS

Sun, Nov 13 vs New England 8:20 PM NBC

Sun, Nov 27 vs Buffalo 1:00 PM CBS

Sun, Dec 11 vs Kansas City 1:00 PM CBS

Sat, Dec 24 vs NY Giants 1:00 PM FOX (Jets Home)

New York Jets

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Times Talks – The New York Times Live Interviews

Times Talks - The New York Times Live Interviews


242 West 41st Street (7th/ 8th Aves)

Tickets usually $30

Now, this is NYC! Times Talks are a diverse series of interviews, in a fairly intimate setting, with world-famous authors, actors, politicians and celebrities (I mean SUPER A-LIST), each facilitated by a New York Times reporter (Master of Ceremonies).

Top pick for October? Samuel L. Jackson, of course! Also join famous chefs April Bloomfield, Anne Burrell, Alex Guarnaschelli and Anita Lo, Jacques Pepin and more!

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9th Annual ‘Open House’ New York City – FREE

Open House New York City

October 15-16, 2011

Open House New York is a huge architecture and design event that opens doors to places and venues either closed, or usually closed, to the public. It is a great opportunity to discover new neighborhoods through special talks, tours, performances and family-friendly workshops.

Photo: Art Deco lobby of the Chrysler Building
a tour site of Open House New York.

2011 Tours are expected to include: undeveloped third section of the High Line, the new Hôtel Americano, United Nations, the Little Red Lighthouse, World Trade Center 7, the Brooklyn Navy Yard and more. Samples of previous tours include architects discussing design plans for the new World Trade Center and a Historic tour of the Apollo Theatre with Billy Mitchell. Check out OHNY Kids!, various tours, architecture and NY History, sustainable NYC and even compete in their photography contest.

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New York Yankees Post Season Tickets and Schedule

New York Yankee Tickets 2011

The Yankees are definitely moving on the Post Season in 2011! Anywhere from 11 to 19 baseball games stand between the New York Yankees and their 28th World Series Championship! Here’s how the post season will likely play out:

  • American League Division Series best of five format begins Fri, 9/30 (Games are 9/30, 10/1, 10/3, 10/4, 10/6). NY Yankees Home games are Fri 9/30, Sat 10/1 and if necessary, Thurs 10/6. Dates tentative.
  • The American League Championship Series best of seven format, begins Saturday, October 8 (Games are October 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16). If they are in this series, Yankees Home Games are October 8th, 9th and if necessary, Sat 10/15 and Sun 10/16. Dates tentative.
  • The World Series takes place October 19-27, with the American League team hosting games 3, 4 and 5. Should the New York Yankees advance to the World Series, the Yankee Stadium games will be Sat 10/22, Sun 10/23 and if necessary, Mon 10/24.

Yankees Play Off Tickets on Sale Now!!!! More about NY Yankees Tickets and Yankee Stadium.

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Ice Skating in New York City

Ice Skating New York City | Rockefeller Center

For tourists and locals alike, ice skating at Central Park, Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park is a classic New York winter experience.

We also have several other Ice Skating Rinks around the city and into the boroughs.

Here are the details for Ice Skating in New York City, including rates and dates plus NYC Insider Tips for discounts and coupons.

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New York Knicks Basketball Tickets and Schedule

The NY Knicks are better than they’ve been in a long time, thanks to our stars Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. Tickets start at just $13, with lots of discount options, and their games are the easiest sporting event in NYC to attend. Madison Square Garden, the World’s Most Famous Arena, is right in Penn Station, accessible by almost any subway and just two blocks from the Empire State Building. Go NYC style with cheap seats, fast paced sports action, hot dogs and beer and check out the New York Knicks Tickets, Schedule and Directions today!

NY Knicks Schedule – PreSeason Home Games October 2011

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Mon, Oct 24 vs Toronto 7:30pm

Wed, Oct 26 vs Washington 7:30pm

Fri, Oct 28 vs New Jersey 7:30pm

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CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival

CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival NYC

October 18-22, 2011

The ultimate in music and film premieres, the CMJ Festival is a NYC classic, held at New York University’s Greenwich Village campus and other venues. CMJ Film Festival has hosted over a decade of premieres and advance screenings, including Pulp Fiction, Boogie Nights, Walk The Line, Swingers and Fight Club. The list of musicians performing live is equally as impressive.

CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival, the world’s most important platform for the discovery of new music, dominates downtown New York City with five nonstop days and nights of over 1,200 live band performances and dozens of the most cutting edge films in 75 of New York City greatest nightclubs and theaters. NYC’s largest music festival brings together more than 120,000 fans, music business professionals, artists and filmmakers with exclusive nighttime music, parties, daytime exhibit area, panels, film premieres, seminars, and special events. Tickets start at $100 for student groups.

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CSI: The Experience! Opens at Discovery Center

CSI: The Experience! Times Square

October 1, 2011- March 4, 2012
Discovery Times Square Exposition
226 W 44th St, (Bway/8th Aves)

Play the role of a crime scene investigator at CSI: The Experience! As the latest recruit in the world of forensic science, guests are guided by videos featuring CSI: cast members and real-life forensic scientists. Throughout the exhibition you must examine blood types, while matching DNA to potential suspects in order to complete the investigation process and solve the crime.

Complete with 3 Crime Scenes, 15 Forensic Lab Stations, and dazzling special effects, this hands-on experience is sure to plunge exhibit goers deep into the science of solving crimes. The exhibit is geared toward adults and youth age 12 and above.

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Spa Week – The best NYC Spa Services for $50

Spa Week NYC - Great Jones Spa

October 10-16, 2011

Reservations open September 12th

Hundreds of top spas around the city offer treatments for $50. Facials, massages, laser hair removal and more. My favorite spa is Great Jones (at left), because of their amazing water lounge, steam and sauna, however, they no longer have the best spa week deals. Another great spa that partakes in Spa Week is Elizabeth Arden.

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25th anniversary of 1986 New York Mets Championship

25th anniversary of 1986 New York Mets Championship

Fri, October 21st

Come Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1986 New York Mets Championship Season with the 1986 METS on Fri, October 21st. Sponsored by Mead Chasky Sports Enterprises, Inc. in conjunction with Strawberry’s Sports Grill. Ticket price includes Open Bar, Food, Photo Opportunities and mingling with the 86 Mets purchase also includes: one (1) item that will be pre-signed by a minimum of 15 of the players in attendance. Potential players in attendance include Darryl Strawberry, Howard Johnson, Jesse Orosco, Kevin Mitchell, Ray Knight, Doug Sisk and more! Details: 25th Anniversary of 1986 New York Mets Championship.

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Angel of the Waters Fountain, Central Park
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NYC 30th Annual 10K Run and Fun Walk – Sunday, October 9th, 10:00 am

4 Seasons in the West Village NYC Art Gallery Show – October 4-29, 2011

New York Spirits of Mexico Festival – Thursday, October 13

7th Annual Fashion District Arts Festival – October 13-15, 2011

The Fashion District Arts Festival is a celebration of the arts, crafts and cultural community in and around the Fashion District in midtown Manhattan. The festival will include events showcasing the district’s fine artists, crafters, art galleries, off-Broadway theaters, performance art exhibitions, and other art-related activities from the diverse and creative talents that populate this historical New York neighborhood.

L’Orchestre des Portes Rouges – Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Free Arts NYC Kidsfest 2011 Fall Festival – Sunday, October 23

Social Media, Arts and Change in the Muslim World – Monday, October 17

Stephanie Chase Gives Paganini Premiere – October 19, 2011

Free Comedy Show Every Thursday: Happy Sounds Comedy

Team CAN Challenge Event – Saturday, October 22nd

Charity Rock Supports Madison Square Boys & Girls Club – Sun, October 16th

Halloween Murder Mystery at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum – Oct 28-29, 2011

AY QUE FUNNY Presents: Halloween Spooky House Show – October 29, 7pm

HALLOWEEN R US FUNDRAISER – Saturday, October 29th, Six Flags NJ

Halloween Trick or Treat Masquerade After Work Cruise – October 31

Halloween Parties on the Upper East Side and Hell’s Kitchen

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