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Bushwick Open Studios 2015

This Saturday is the autumn equinox! Come out and enjoy the last glimpses of summer by heading to various exhibitions, outdoor arts festivals and much more.

Friday, September 22nd

Everybody knows that the walls in Bushwick are covered in amazing street art. But did you know that there are art studios beyond some of these walls? Bushwick Open Studios kicks off on Friday evening, when various artists will open studio doors to share their art with the public. There will also be a series of events, performances, and panel discussions coordinated by the organizers, Arts in Bushwick, in partnership with local businesses and cultural institutions.

Check out four paintings by Yayoi Kusama at 101 Spring Street, presented by the Judd Foundation. The exhibit will feature Kusama’s old and new works from her ongoing Infinity Net Series, and will be open to the public this Friday from 6-8 pm.

Delve into the mysterious world of David Lynch’s mind with the film Mulholland Drive, which you can catch at the Rubin Museum this Friday. The film will be shown as part of their Cabaret Cinema: Soundtrack event series, where notable New Yorkers select films based on their audio experiences. This week’s movie was selected by Tony-nominated composer and sound director, Dave Molloy.

Saturday, September 23rd

The Astor Aliveoutdoor performing arts festival returns to Astor Place! The free event will feature dance, music, poetry and cabaret by some of the finest artists and creatives from leading cultural institutions based in Astor Place and the East Village, such as the Blue Man Group, Joe’s Pub at the Public, and more.

Looking for new items for your fall wardrobe? The Hester Street Fair is hosting Vintage Day with Housing Works, an organization promoting equitable healthcare and housing. Housing Works will be accepting clothing donations and curating some cool vintage finds along with other East Village vintage clothing vendors. Stop by for your rare finds, food, music and more.

Also stock up on some quality and rare records at Smorgasburg’s Brooklyn Flea Record Fair. This day of vinyl will include booths by record labels, stores, and collectors and will also feature live, all vinyl DJ sets to amp up the vibe.

If you’re longing for some ocean breeze, Freaktoberfest, the Coney Island Brewery’s version of Oktoberfest, takes place on Saturday. The event will feature 22oz Freak Stein Pours, live DJs, Stien Hoisting contest, and bratwursts by Brooklyn Banger. Admission is free but there is an optional Brats and Brews packages where you get some sausages, a side, and a brew for $20.

Abandoned for half a century, the old Rockaway Beach Branch of the Long Island Railroad is full of potential, yet surrounded by debate. Although currently in a raw, undeveloped state, the line may eventually be transformed into the QueensWay, a public park that has been called “a more neighborhood-oriented version of Manhattan’s High Line.”  In partnership with Friends of the Queensway and Trust for Public Land, we’re offering a behind-the-scenes tour of the 55-year-old abandoned railroad line before it transforms into a new 3.5-mile, 47-acre park, lined with biking, jogging and walking paths.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Queensway

Sunday, September 24th

The 43rd Annual Atlantic Antic Festival will take place on Atlantic Avenue. Join the event for a full day of food, art, music, shopping, festivities and fun! There will be 12 stages throughout the festival, along with a petting zoo and Chef One Dumpling’s Annual Dumpling Eating Contest, where you’ll see New Yorkers stuff their faces with dumplings in two minutes.

Skrrt skrrt — stop by the New York Transit Museum in downtown Brooklyn for their 24th Annual Bus Festival. Board more than a dozen of the museum’s fleet of vintage buses. This event is free and open to the public as part of the Atlantic Antic Festival.

This Sunday is the last time to see the remains of the old Kosciuszko Bridge, as the bridge will be blown up as part of its final phase of demolition. The streets adjacent to the bridge in Brooklyn and Queens will be closed to protect people from the rubble, but catch this exciting moment anywhere else!

Did you know the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard is hidden within the Brooklyn Navy Yard? Untapped Cities will be bringing readers on a special wine tasting and tour at Rooftop Reds, led by one of its founders who will share their knowledge of winemaking.

Within the 14,800 square foot rooftop, you will see a unique urban planter system that is the first of its kind, developed with Cornell University and Finger Lakes industry leaders. As an added bonus: all guests will get 20% off purchases of Rooftop Reds wines. Get in on this experience early, as the first harvest will be taking place in October 2017. Take in an amazing view, lounge in a hammock, and sip on Rooftop Red wines in our tours. Please note that the wine served on the rooftop is from Rooftop Reds partners in the Finger Lakes until the first harvest off the Navy Yard rooftop are ready!

Wine Tasting & Tour of Rooftop Reds, the World’s First Rooftop Vineyard!

Monday, September 25th

Experience the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-18 season opening in the heart Times Square. Part of the Met Opera’s initiative to make opera more accessible, Bellini’s bel canto tragedy Norma will broadcast on multiple giant screens in Times Square, with free seating for more than 2000 on a first come, first serve basis.

Tuesday, September 26th

Are you an expert on food and drink? You can challenge other foodies at the Museum of Food and Drinks (MOFAD) in Williamsburg, which will be hosting its Food Trivia Night, where the winner can take home various sweet prizes! A ticket includes three drink tickets, light snacks, and access to MOFAD’s exhibition Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant. 

Wednesday, September 27th

Head over to Brooklyn Bazaar and fan girl (or boy) over young Leonardo DiCaprio during its free screening of Basketball Diaries, a story about a teenager’s dream of becoming a basketball player, which is threatened by drug addiction. The seats are first come-first serve, but the restaurant and bar will be open before and after the screening.

Thursday, September 28th

Here’s a great teaser before an Icelandic holiday. Taste of Iceland will kick off a series of events throughout Brooklyn, featuring Icelandic food, drinks and film.

Learn about animal mummies and Egyptology at the Brooklyn Museum’s Art History Happy Hour. The evening will celebrate the opening of Brooklyn Museum’s newest exhibition, Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt. Lectures will also be given by the exhibitions curators, Ed Blieberg and Yekaterina Barbash, and guest lecturer Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo.

See our full list of Behind the Scenes tours.

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