Frick First Fridays at The Frick Collection

Frick First Fridays at The Frick Collection offer museum admission and gallery programs for free from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, except January and September.

During this once-a-month event, take advantage of the museum’s permanent and special exhibition galleries. In addition, listen to talks and lectures by museum educators and curators and enjoy music and dance performances. Or just relax and sketch in the tranquil Garden Court. The museum provides complimentary materials for guests inspired to be creative.

The Frick Collection is an internationally recognized museum and research center. It’s extensive collection is renowned for its Old Master paintings, as well as incredible examples of European sculpture and decorative art. In addition, the adjacent reference library is considered one of the leading institutions for research in the fields of art history and collection.

Important Notes:

  • Entrance is first come, first served.
  • Ages 10 & over.

You can find additional information about Frick First Fridays here.

You can find additional background information about The Frick Collection here.

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

The famed Dyker Heights Christmas lights in Brooklyn, New York is the epitome of suburban neighborhood one-uppery–all in good fun, of course. Think of it as a whole community chock full of Clark Griswolds, with the will and the means to put up tens of thousands of lights in the hopes of keeping up with or outdoing “the Joneses”. The outcome of such competition is completely bananas and more than worthy of a visit to see for yourself.

Visiting the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights can be accomplished a number of ways. You can opt to drive, but expect traffic congestion and a parking nightmare during peak times. There’s also a public transportation option (the D Train to 79th St and New Utrecht Ave), but you’ll have two walk a good 15 minutes from the nearest station on fairly hilly terrain to get to the area with the lights. Based on our own experiences, the most enjoyable way to see the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights is to take a tour, and there are a plethora of options on that front.

Our recommendation is a tour company we’ve used and worked with twice before: A Slice of Brooklyn. They are well-organized, efficient, create a robust experience, and their buses are clean, modern, and comfortable. They also tend to have personal connections to the businesses and homes they interact with on the tour. In the case of their Dyker Heights Christmas Lights tours, they often know the homeowners in the neighborhood personally.

A Slice of Brooklyn is currently offering a 3.5 hour tour of the Dyker Heights Christmas lights every evening during the month of December, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The tour start times generally run in 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, and 8:00pm time slots. The cost for adults (12 and above) is $55.00 and for children (under 12) is $45.00.

To avoid the hassle, it’s well worth shelling out the cash for a comfortable seat and a guided tour. Besides, when you need that perfect family Christmas photo or background information on that insane light display, having a well-versed tour guide is a godsend.

Get ticket info for A Slice of Brooklyn here.

Read about our experience on the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights tour in 2017 here.

Additionally, you can also read about our experience on the famed Brooklyn Pizza tour here.

– L. & J.

Frick First Fridays at The Frick Collection

Frick First Fridays at The Frick Collection offer museum admission and gallery programs for free from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, except January and September.

During this once-a-month event, take advantage of the museum’s permanent and special exhibition galleries. In addition, listen to talks and lectures by museum educators and curators and enjoy music and dance performances. Or just relax and sketch in the tranquil Garden Court. The museum provides complimentary materials for guests inspired to be creative.

The Frick Collection is an internationally recognized museum and research center. It’s extensive collection is renowned for its Old Master paintings, as well as incredible examples of European sculpture and decorative art. In addition, the adjacent reference library is considered one of the leading institutions for research in the fields of art history and collection.

Important Notes:

  • Entrance is first come, first served.
  • Ages 10 & over.

You can find additional information about Frick First Fridays here.

You can find additional background information about The Frick Collection here.

The Village Halloween Parade

The Village Halloween Parade is an annual street pageant and celebration in New York City. It takes place on Halloween night in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan (route provided below). The parade has been going on continuously for 46 years, and is akin to a mini Mardi Gras, which is why it is often referred to as “New York’s Carnival”.

If you’re curious about what to expect, think puppets, bands, dancers, and artists galore at the Village Halloween Parade. You’ll also see Basil Twist’s Zora, the iconic spider puppet and official mascot of the parade, hanging from the tower of Jefferson Market Library. And there’s no phoning it in by the participants at this incredible event. The creativity of fellow marchers–locals and visitors alike–is on full display, with the most intricate, creative, amazing homemade costumes you’ll find anywhere.

Pic of a Village Halloween Parade participant dressed as Van Gogh's 1889 self-portrait, courtesy of Village Halloween Parade

Though you may choose to enter the parade in the general public line-up (expect very long lines!), there are other parade access options, though they’ll cost you. For instance, each year the parade has a special theme and that theme has a section in the parade. Attendees can use this theme as inspiration for their costume designs and then join that special section on Halloween night. You can find a specific description of the special theme, ticket prices, and details about the accompanying rules and perks here. Another option to “skip the line” is to join the band section. For a small fee, of course. But how cool would that be?! You can find additional info for all participation options here.

NOTE: All proceeds from ticket sales go to support the parade, which only receives partial public funding.

So don’t miss out on this incredible, fun-filled evening. Get your creativity flowing and make a costume that will blow people’s minds! We’re sure to see you there.

Still craving more Halloween fun? Check out our visit to The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze here.

Can’t get enough of one of the best parade scenes in the country? Plan your next warm weather visit to New York City around the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, one of the most beloved, creative Summer events in the five boroughs.

All photos courtesy of Village Halloween Parade.

-L. & J.

Frick First Fridays at The Frick Collection

Frick First Fridays at The Frick Collection offer museum admission and gallery programs for free from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, except January and September.

During this once-a-month event, take advantage of the museum’s permanent and special exhibition galleries. In addition, listen to talks and lectures by museum educators and curators and enjoy music and dance performances. Or just relax and sketch in the tranquil Garden Court. The museum provides complimentary materials for guests inspired to be creative.

The Frick Collection is an internationally recognized museum and research center. It’s extensive collection is renowned for its Old Master paintings, as well as incredible examples of European sculpture and decorative art. In addition, the adjacent reference library is considered one of the leading institutions for research in the fields of art history and collection.

Important Notes:

  • Entrance is first come, first served.
  • Ages 10 & over.

You can find additional information about Frick First Fridays here.

You can find additional background information about The Frick Collection here.

Spooky Pumpkin Garden at NYBG

Spooky Pumpkin Garden, the premier fall event at New York Botanical Garden, offers fun for the entire family.

During the day, explore Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. There, you’ll find a bounty of gourdes and scarecrows along its twisting, turning trails. In addition, attend pumpkin carving demonstrations or join a pumpkin carving competition!

For a bit of real life scares, don’t miss Meet Creepy Creatures at the Clay Family Picnic Pavilion. On Saturdays and Sundays, October 12th through 27th, snakes, bats and other creepy creatures go on display.

After dark, get your spook on with Spooky Pumpkin Nights. Dress in your scariest costumes and wander the darkened trails, filled with skeletons and other creepy creatures of the night. Perhaps you’ll pick up some wholesome treats along the way.

And don’t forget, on October 26th and 27th, see the award-winning, enormous pumpkins on display from the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. Yes, that’s a real thing. Last year’s prize winner weighed more than 2,500 hundred pounds!

If Spooky Pumpkin Garden can’t get you into the Halloween spirit, nothing can. So don’t miss it!

You can find all the pertinent info, including admission and special event ticket pricing, here.

If you want to get a sense of the Spooky Pumpkin Garden, check out our blog post here.

-L. & J.

Frick First Fridays at The Frick Collection

Frick First Fridays at The Frick Collection offer museum admission and gallery programs for free from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, except January and September.

During this once-a-month event, take advantage of the museum’s permanent and special exhibition galleries. In addition, listen to talks and lectures by museum educators and curators and enjoy music and dance performances. Or just relax and sketch in the tranquil Garden Court. The museum provides complimentary materials for guests inspired to be creative.

The Frick Collection is an internationally recognized museum and research center. It’s extensive collection is renowned for its Old Master paintings, as well as incredible examples of European sculpture and decorative art. In addition, the adjacent reference library is considered one of the leading institutions for research in the fields of art history and collection.

Important Notes:

  • Entrance is first come, first served.
  • Ages 10 & over.

You can find additional information about Frick First Fridays here.

You can find additional background information about The Frick Collection here.

First Fridays at the Frick Collection

First Fridays at The Frick Collection offers museum admission and gallery programs for free from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, except January and September.

During Frick First Fridays, take advantage of the museum’s permanent and special exhibition galleries. Listen to talks and lectures by museum educators and curators. Enjoy music and dance performances. Or just relax and sketch in the tranquil Garden Court. Complimentary materials are even provided by the museum.

The Frick Collection is recognized as a premier museum and research center. The museum’s collection is renowned for its Old Master paintings, as well as incredible examples of European sculpture and decorative art. In addition, the adjacent reference library is considered one of the leading institutions for research in the fields of art history and collection.

Important Notes:

  • Entrance is first come, first served.
  • Children under 10 are not admitted.

You can find additional information about Frick First Fridays here.

You can find additional background information about The Frick Collection here.

The Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

The annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade is a canine-focused Halloween celebration, costume parade and competition. Until recently, it was held at Tompkins Square Park. Due to insurance-related issues (allegedly), the event was first canceled and then recently relocated. This year, the dog parade will be held at East River Park Amphitheater. Contestants will have to opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes.

History

Twenty-eight years ago, the inaugural Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade began as a small, casual, low-key event held by neighborhood locals. It wasn’t just a Halloween celebration, though, it was also the after-party for a hard-fought community victory: the successful launch of the city’s first dog run. From there, word spread and the event grew in popularity every year thereafter. The number of participants (now in the hundreds), along with spectators (now in the thousands), have markedly increased year after year.

You can find more information about the parade and competition here.

You can also take a look at our posts on the 2016 and 2017 parades here and here, respectively.