Halloween in New York 2020

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When many of us were little, Halloween meant wearing a sheet out of which your mom had hastily cut eyeholes, or perhaps that long black cloak that someone—no one really knows who—bought one year and could interchangeably be a witch or Darth Vader. But not anymore. Halloween is huge, especially in New York. But if you're wondering how Halloween may have changed this year, you're not alone. We've got the lowdown on virtual events and phu [caption id="attachment_2799" align="alignnone" width="700"]

Get your spooky on with eerie pumpkins this Halloween.[/caption] Village Halloween Parade The Village Halloween Parade is the main attraction in New York—On Halloween itself, literally thousands of New Yorkers will dress up, let loose, and carry on—all while dressed as...well, just about everything. The parade starts at 7 PM on Sixth Avenue between Canal and Spring Streets, and marches uptown. This year’s Grand Marshall: Zohra, the giant spider. (You’ll just have to see it in person.) Pumpkin Flotilla If you prefer Halloween to come with a side of pumpkins, check out the Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla in the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center in Central Park. On Oct. 30 from 4-7 PM, families (really, everyone) can enjoy pumpkin carving, crafts, a costume parade, spooky stories, and more. The main event? The Pumpkin flotilla, which is exactly what it sounds like: Pumpkins are set free to float across the Harlem Meer at twilight. (Best part: it’s free, and tickets aren’t required.) [caption id="attachment_2794" align="alignnone" width="700"]

Pick a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch![/caption] Latin Halloween Party Halloween comes with a Latin twist at the Latin Halloween Party NYC Skyline on Infinity on Oct. 31. Latin music, DJs, costumes, performers, dance floors, and many bars are the draw here. The Cauldron Nothing says Halloween like a bar that offers "an immersive potions experience”; Harry Potter and Halloween vibes are both on display here. Partake of the molecular cocktail bar and gastropub, or buy a ticket for Potions Class. (You get to use a magic wand!) Either way, you can have your Halloween and drink it too. [caption id="attachment_2828" align="alignnone" width="700"]

Bottoms up at bars around the city this Halloween![/caption] The Great Pumpkin Blaze Though it’s not in the city itself (it’s in Croton-on-Harmon), this one is worth the trip. Why? Well, is it worth it to see 7,000 (yes, you read that correctly) carved glowing pumpkins? (The answer is yes, it most definitely is.) You’ll also find the Pumpkin Planetarium and an appearance by Sleepy Hollow’s own Headless Horseman. Something for everyone! Boo at the Zoo Where can you go to experience bands, beer, and a bird meet and greet? Plus magic shows, a corn maze, and a costume parade? Why, it’s Boo at the (Bronx) Zoo, of course! For a walk on the spookier side, mind reading, a skeleton and bones activity, and even an extinct animal graveyard also make an appearance. Weekends through Nov. 3. [caption id="attachment_2797" align="alignnone" width="700"]

Zoos are just one of the places that pull out the stops for Halloween[/caption] Blood Manor We like an event that tells it like it is. If you love being scared, Blood Manor is out to do its very best to scare the living daylights out of you. It’s got 10,000 square feet of freaky corridors, endless passageways, and things that go bump in the night. This one is not for the faint of heart; it’s designed to “maximize your fear,” so if that’s your cup, of, um blood, may the ghouls be with you. [caption id="attachment_2827" align="alignnone" width="700"]

Halloween vibes are everywhere![/caption] Looking for more fun activities in New York? Check out our tips for great fall activities in New York!

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Things To Do In Brooklyn for Tourists

Brooklyn has so much to offer tourists, from hip eateries to trendy galleries, world-class art museums to relaxing gardens. This NYC borough is known for its diverse neighborhoods and cutting-edge culture. Here, you'll truly find something for every traveler. In fact, there's so much to do, see, taste and experience in Brooklyn, that tourists may want to start with our list of top local activities and attractions, including... Brooklyn Botanic Garden Brooklyn Museum of Art Weeksville Heritage Center Jewish Children's Museum New York Transit Museum And more! Free Entry with The New York Pass® Free entry to many of these popular New York attractions and activities are included on The New York Pass®. Used by over 3.5 million travelers, the New York Pass is the ultimate sightseeing pass, which includes admission to 90+ attractions, Fast Track Entry at select attractions, a free guidebook, & much more. Learn more about the New York Pass benefits & how to save up to 70% off attractions. Brooklyn Botanic Garden The Brooklyn Botanic Garden makes it easy to get back to nature, even in the heart of the city! For over 100 years, this historic garden has delighted, inspired, and educated visitors with 52 acres of lush plant collections. Relax in the calm of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, travel back in time in the Shakespeare Garden, or learn about New York's wildflowers and woodlands in the Native Flora Garden. Even winter visitors can enjoy green foliage and colorful blossoms in the climate-controlled plant pavilions and greenhouses; there's even a plant-themed gallery for the art enthusiast. Admission: Brooklyn Botanic Garden tickets are included with the New York Pass. Brooklyn Museum of Art Calling all art lovers: you'll want to take your time exploring the Brooklyn Museum of Art. With five floors and more than 1.5 million pieces, this institution is the U.S.'s second-largest art museum. Displays cover thousands of years of human artistic endeavors, ranging from ancient Egyptian works to contemporary masterpieces. You'll find world-famous pieces by Rothko, O'Keefe, Rockwell, and more as well as special exhibits and displays. Admission: Brooklyn Museum of Art tickets are included with the New York Pass. Weeksville Heritage Center Travel back in time to the 19th century at the Weeksville Heritage Center. This interactive museum is located in one of the first free African-American communities in the country. Here, you'll find carefully preserved local history and learn about life in the 19th and 20th centuries. Explore this historic site, enjoy lunch at the cafe, attend a performance and experience day-to-day life from another era. Jewish Children's Museum If you're visiting Brooklyn with little ones, don't miss the Jewish Children's Museum. Interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and special programming make learning about Jewish culture and history fun. You can join a craft workshop, climb on the 50,000-square-foot wire structure, and play in the museum's two state-of-the-art computer labs. Young tourists will love the mini-golf course on the museum's roof, as well as the game show studio and game gallery. Brooklyn Historical Society Delve into the borough's rich history at the Brooklyn Historical Society. This combination museum, library and educational center has been documenting the borough's history since it opened its doors in 1863; today, the Brooklyn Historical Society serves as community and civic center in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. Located in a stunning landmark building, the Society offers exhibits, maps, manuscripts and photos, all related to 400 years of local history. New York Transit Museum New York City is home to the largest public transportation system in the U.S.; visitors to the New York Transit Museum can learn all about this amazing network. Housed in a decommissioned 1936 subway station, the museum provides visitors with an immersive, interactive experience. Learn about the long history of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as you explore how engineering, technology, and hard work transformed New York's transit system. The museum features a working platform level, vintage cars, city buses and exhibits that explore the past — and future — of transportation. Admission: New York Transit Museum tickets are included with the New York Pass. Liberty Helicopters See Brooklyn — and a lot more — from the air as you soar over the city with Liberty Helicopters. New York City's largest and most experienced helicopter fleet gives you a bird's-eye view as you soar above the city. With safety and security as the top priority, you can choose from two helicopter tour options. Get your camera ready, because these views are unparalleled! Tip: New York Pass holders can receive a 15% discount on their Big Apple or NY, NY Tours from Liberty Helicopters. Graffiti and Street Art Walking Tour of Brooklyn Brooklyn is known for its urban art, and graffiti/street art is a prime example of this creative, cultural phenomenon. On the Graffiti and Street Art Walking Tour of Brooklyn, you'll take to the streets of Bushwick to uncover works by some of the city's prominent local artists. Your experienced guide will provide both historical and sociological context for the many works you'll encounter on the tour. Expect a glimpse into the colorful, vibrant and creative world of street art. Admission: Graffiti and Street Art Walking Tour of Brooklyn tickets are included with the New York Pass. Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg No exploration of Brooklyn would be complete without exploring one of the borough's most famous neighborhoods, Williamsburg. As you stroll the streets of this artsy district, you'll find boutiques, galleries, eateries and lofts galore, a.k.a. the quintessential Brooklyn experience. Keep your eyes peeled for historical buildings and street art as your tour guide illuminates Williamsburg's development over the years, including the influx of "hipsters" and the effects of gentrification. Admission: Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg tickets are included with the New York Pass. Remember to Save on Admission As you can see, there's plenty of great attractions to visit in Brooklyn. Make the most of your trip by visiting more attractions and saving more money with the New York Pass. If you're a New York Pass holder, you can easily show your pass for free entry at over 90 attractions in New York City as opposed to paying admission at each venue. For more information on the New York Pass, click here.
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Attraction of the Week - The Whitney

[caption id="attachment_566" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The Whitney by Timothy Schenck[/caption] Overlooking the Hudson River, there stands one of New York’s true gems in the artistic sense. Having only moved to its new location in 2015, the Whitney Museum is somewhat of the “New kid on the block”. However, the museum has been in existence since the 1930’s and has continued to expand over the years. It’s nestled right next to the Southern entrance of High Line Park in the West Village and beautifully occupies about 200,000 square feet. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney had become a very successful art space creator with her Whitney Studio Club in 1918. She collected art from many artists around the world with the help of her assistant Juliana R. Force and at one point was going to donate pieces to the Met. After those pieces were rejected by the Met, Whitney decided to start her own Museum where she would showcase contemporary American art. The museum would struggle with space as their collection grew over the years as they held a small building located at 945 Madison Avenue. This led to the Whitney adding multiple branch locations to show off pieces that they couldn’t fit inside of the museum. The first additional Whitney branch opened in 1973 at 55 Water Street showcasing similar pieces to the main location but offering a smaller selection size for viewers. Multiple expansions followed including a 1981 exhibition space in Stamford, Connecticut and a lobby exhibition installed in the Philip Morris Park Avenue headquarters. While it’s great to expand and reach new audiences, what the Whitney really wanted to accomplish was getting a space big enough to hold their extensive collection which now features over 21,000 pieces. (Some big names listed in the collection include Larry Poons, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol). They finally decided enough was enough and left their old building on Madison Avenue which was then ironically leased by the Met (current). The Whitney settled into their new location at 99 Gansevoort street in 2015 and opened their doors on May 1st. The new location not only has far more room for the Whitney’s annual and biennial exhibitions but also has some amazing views of the city. Of course the museum is next door neighbors with High Line Park which offers an elevated view of NYC so not to be outdone, the museum offers several observation decks to their visitors. The Whitney is opened during the following hours: Monday: 10.30am - 6pm Tuesday: Closed Wednesday: 10.30am - 6pm Thursday: 10.30am - 10pm Friday: 10.30am - 10pm Saturday: 10.30am - 10pm Sunday: 10.30am - 6pm
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