September rings in a sense of new beginnings, whether it’s the start of autumn or a fresh semester of school. And with new beginnings comes new opportunities and events. Next week is filled with exciting activities spanning food, arts, literature, and more.
Friday, September 8th
The Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, the country’s largest regional book fair, will open its doors from September 8th to September 10th at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. More than 100 quality antiquarian books, prints, photo, ephemera and autograph dealers from all over the world will be there. It’s a spectacle for antique collectors, book worms, and passersby alike. You can’t miss out on this literary treasure hunt.
Saturday, September 9th
Get your jazz on at the 8th Annual Fort Greene Park Jazz Festival, produced by Eric Frazier who specializes in Jazz, Swing, BeBop, Salsa, R&B, and more. Expect to spend an entire afternoon listening to a variety of jazz musicians play their heart out.
Sunday, September 10th
Brooklyn Photographs will be on view at the Gallery at BRIC House. Check out the work of 11 photographers who have captured the Brooklyn experience from the late 1960s to present day. Each photographer is bringing his or her unique style to the table, highlighting the important role photography has in documenting and preserving the aspects and traditions of Brooklyn neighborhoods.
If you’re in a mood for exploring New York City, we are offering several tours this Sunday. We’re kicking things off with The Secrets of Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour, which will unpack the history behind the Brooklyn Bridge and explore its many hidden secrets. If you fancy a walk in the park instead, join us for The Secrets of Central Park Walking Tour, as we delve into the secrets and history behind some of its best-loved and hidden sites. Learn about the genesis, design, and evolution of the immense green space, while uncovering its many outrageous happenings, scandals and more. We’ll also have a Tour and Wine Tasting at Rooftop Reds, the world’s first rooftop vineyard which happens to be located inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Take in an amazing view, sip on Rooftop Red wines and check out the unique urban planter system that is the first of its kind!
Monday, September 11th
Artists David McDermott and Peter McGough will unveil The Oscar Wilde Temple on Monday. This secular, public installation work, twenty years in the making, honors author, novelist, poet, and playwright Oscar Wilde (1864-1900), who was a forbearer for gay liberation and equality for LGBTQ communities. The Temple project will be on view until December 2nd and all donations will support The Center’s (The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York City) programs for LGBTQ youth at risk of homelessness.
Join the Brooklyn Historical Society for its next event, Tales from the Vault: Scrapbooks from a Changing Brooklyn. View a fascinating collection of photographs and scrapbooks by Eugene L. Armbruster, an early 20th-century photographer, who captured the now-forgotten scenes of Brooklyn, its rural past and industrial future at the turn of the century.
Tuesday, September 12th
Want a cinematic escape from New York City? Join the French Institute: Alliance Française for its Cinema Tuesdays, Classics of French Cinema with Oliver Barrot, a journalist and TV personality. It will be shown at 4 p.m.and 7:30 p.m. with English subtitles, following a wine/beer reception and book signing of Oliver Barrot’s new book, United States.
Wednesday, September 13th
Urban farming, particularly on rooftop spaces, is a growing movement in many cities. Join a Panel of Rooftop Farmers at the Ceres Gallery, where pioneers of the rooftop farming movement will discuss their experiences of producing food in unlikely settings. The panel discussion will be accompanied by Beneath the Same Sky: From Oaxaca’s Central Valley to the Rooftops of New York, an exhibit of works by American painter Elizabeth Downer Riker, which celebrates people planting and harvesting food in ancient, communal lands of Mexico and New York’s rooftops.
Photoville will return to its iconic location in Brooklyn Bridge Plaza. Check out the immersive photography village of 55+ shipping containers repurposed as galleries. In addition to stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Lower Manhattan skyline, there will be exhibitions, talks, and workshops, as well as various food vendors (including the Smorgasburg Beer Garden). Photoville is free and open to the public, so bring someone along for the event.
Thursday, September 14th
This one’s for spirit lovers (and anybody else who wants to sip away the long week) in anticipation for Friday and the weekend. The fifth annual Crafts Spirit Celebration will be held at Houston Hall, featuring many distillers who will serve 100+ spirits, along with food pairings, music and a boozy photo booth.
Little Italy welcomes all New Yorkers to join The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro, which commences on September 14th, bringing 11 days of festivities to the neighborhood. The feast keeps the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants alive and celebrates the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples. There will be colorful parades, free musical entertainment every day, a wide variety of ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes and even a world-famous cannoli-eating competition!
Join the opening reception of Future Culture: Connecting People and Place on Staten Island’s North Shore, a new exhibition that surveys public art projects, which were proposed as part of the recent Future Culture call for pilot projects to activate public space in Staten Island’s North Shore.