Lost Man’s Creek is a new art installation that transforms Downtown Brooklyn into a redwood forest, in miniature. Photo: Timothy Schenck
Welcome to October. I mean, it’s been October for nearly a week, but we’re just now ready to accept that fact. Get ready for an onslaught of great movies and books coming out this month, plus art openings (and restaurant openings). Even if the cooler air and chance to start roasting squash and simmering stews again has you longing for the couch rather than the theatre, there’s plenty to watch and read from the comfort of your own apartment. Here are 10 things to experience in October, in no particular order.
10. First we flocked (haha) to an art piece on the East River that was basically an experiment in bird watching en masse. Now there’s a miniature forest planted in Downtown Brooklyn called Lost Man’s Creek. Think New York is feeling the need to get back to nature a bit? Brooklyn artist Spencer Finch, who has also had an installation on the Highline in Manhattan, has recreated a specific area of Redwood National Park in California on a 1:100 scale at Metrotech, in partnership with the Public Art Fund and Save the Redwoods League. If you can’t escape upstate this fall, simply visit the forest in downtown Brooklyn (though there won’t be any brightly colored leaves to peep). (more…)
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A fire-breathing robot from last year’s World Maker Faire at the Queens Hall of Science. It returns this weekend, Oct. 1-2. Photo: Velleman Store
Halloween takes center stage this month, but there’s more to do than just eat candy and get cavities. Here are 12 (dentist approved) kids events to fill your October with autumnal fun.
- Go: The Maker Faire at New York Hall of Science is a must for many Brooklyn families. This year’s schedule is chock full of Minecraft, drone racing, BUST Craftacular shopping, and pop-up farms. At the Faire, kids and adults can learn to pick locks, try out enormous wheeled bicycles, and experience zero gravity. There really is something for everyone here, from the youngest makers (interested in Puppet Phactory) to the oldest (fascinated with genome editing.) Ticket packages range from whole weekend ($65 adult/ $40 child) to single day ($35 adult/ $25 child). Saturday, October 1- Sunday, October 2 New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th Street, Queens
Thu October 17, 2013
Once a month we put out heads together with comedian Tom Shillue and invite a few storytellers, writers, comedians and all around weirdos to come to Brooklyn Brewery for a night of hilarity and beer. We call it Funny Story–you can call it the most entertainment you’ll find anywhere for $10. We’ve heard stories about 10-year-olds turned unwitting jailhouse smugglers, bathroom mishaps, run-ins with the Mexican police and lots and lots tales of hilarity that ensued while the storyteller was high. This month, for our show at 8:30 on Thursday, Oct. 17, we’ve asked a few of our previous guests to suggest new storytellers, and so we have Desiree Burch, actress, writer and performance artist, and storyteller and Robin Gelfenbien, host of Yum’s the Word, with Josh Gondelman, and Stew Leonard, Jr. (no, not the son of the supermarketeur, but he’s got funny stories to tell!) Your ticket gets you a night full of laughs, plus a beer.