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There’s always a lot going on in New York City, but the fall is a time when the city kicks off some of its most anticipated new projects. Contributor Adee Braun gives us the run down of the latest and greatest happenings in New York City in the autumn months.
After the sleepy days of summer (or at least, the NYC version of sleepy), when the temperatures begin to cool and the tourists begin to recede, New Yorkers get down to business once again. And that means rampant openings and exciting project launches all over the city. From restaurants, hotels, museums and plays, here are some highlights you won’t want to miss.
1. Rainbow Room Reopens- Break out your dancing shoes and head to the roof because Rockefeller Center’s iconic rooftop restaurant the Rainbow Room will reopen in October after a five-year closure. The revamped 80-year-old restaurant will serve contemporary American cuisine with a French flair, and will be open to the public for Sunday brunch and Monday night for dinner and dancing on the rotating floor. The cocktail lounge, SixFive, will open in late September, Monday through Friday evenings.
2. Spa Castle Opens in Manhattan- New Yorkers have been trekking out to Queens for a little respite at the Korean superspa, Spa Castle, for years. Now, Manhattan is getting a slice of relaxation with its very own branch in Midtown. The details are scarce, but the projected open date is sometime this fall. It’s slated to be just as over the top as the original, hopefully that means more bejeweled igloo saunas and massive roof deck jacuzzis.
3. Affordable Art Fair- At The Affordable Art Fair, paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs go for $100-$10,000, giving plebeians a chance at actually owning some great contemporary art. Originally started in London in 1996, the fair now takes place in cities all over the world. Over 150 emerging and established artists will be represented at the New York fair from September 25-29. General admission tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door.
4. Knickerbocker Hotel Reopens- The historic Knickerbocker Hotel reopens its doors this fall for the first time in almost a century. The lavish hotel first opened in 1906 in the heart of Times Square, only to close 14 years later. Over the years it’s been used as an office building, among many other things. The revitalized hotel will have 330 luxury rooms with rates starting at $500 per night. Little of the hotel’s original interior design has survived the $240 million renovation, but a bit of the glamour has been retained with a rooftop bar and three Charlie Palmer-run restaurants.
5. Birds & Bubbles- The fall is a time of abundant restaurant openings, including some with big names attached (like Jean George Vongerichten and his third ABC Carpet installment, ABC Home Grown). But New York has never seen a fried chicken and champagne concept restaurant, until now. It’s called Birds & Bubbles, and it’s opening some time this fall on the Lower East Side. Sarah Simmons of City Grit, will offer a menu with playful takes on Southern classics.
6. Killer Heels at the Brooklyn Museum- Last year, the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition brought tantalizing couture to the Brooklyn Museum. This fall the Killer Heels exhibit offers visitors more provocative fashion by way of high heel shoes through the ages and across the world, from high fashion to pop culture and everything in between. Opens September 10, 2014 through February 15, 2015.
7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Broadway- After a successful run in London, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time gets its Broadway debut this fall. The play is based on the best-selling novel about an exceptionally intelligent, but socially ill-equipped boy who finds himself under suspicion of murdering his neighbor’s dog. It received seven Olivier Awards (the British equivalent to the Tony’s), the most ever awarded to a play. Previews begin on September 10, opening October 5 at the Barrymore Theatre.
8. Martha Washington Hotel Reopens- Another historic hotel has been revived this fall. The Martha Washington Hotel used to house single women at the turn of the century. The building’s most recent incarnation was the King & Grove hotel, but now it has undergone a modern renovation, reclaimed its original name and acquired a Danny Meyer pizzeria. Room rates start at $295. Get 20% off when you book 30 days in advance.
9. Le District- Lower Manhattan is getting a 30,000 square-foot retail and dining concept space called Le District in Brookfield Place. This “French-inspired culinary destination” will overlook New York Harbor with views of the Statue of Liberty and will offer multiple dining options, cafes, wine bars and specialty markets. The first phase of the $250 million renovation will be completed in November with the full renovation projected for March 2015.
10. Park Hyatt- New York’s first Park Hyatt opened in late August, nestled within the first 25 floors of the One57 skyscraper in Midtown. The hotel has a sleek look with a dramatic deco vibe, boasting 210 generously-sized guest rooms, a spa, an indoor pool, a glowing onyx ballroom and a bar that overlooks Carnegie Hall. Another thing that’s generous in size is the price tag. Room rates start at $795 or 30,000 Gold Hyatt Passport points.
What attractions will bring you to New York in the fall? Tell us in the comments below.
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