What to do in NYC this weekend (Sept 8-Sept 10)

Ashley Falzone
Ashley is your semi-above-average 20 something living in Astoria who lives and breathes NYC life. She goes about her days looking forward to all the food she will consume. She also loves referencing Kanye West quotes in her articles whenever applicable.


Fall into September with delicious swine, popping up for a fancy meal, watching new films, and laughing your ass off at comedy.


Pop-Up Dinner Governor’s Island

Not exactly as exclusive as Dinner in Blanc, this pop-up dinner on Governor’s Island follows at least one of the basic rules: you must wear white. On Saturday, the event will have tables, chairs, and entertainment provided — your job to bring the culinary dishes and extraordinary table designs. Tickets are $40, so step up your elegance game and get your fancy food on.


Coney Island Film Festival

For an excuse to visit Coney Island in addition to devouring a Nathan’s Hot Dog, check out the 17th Annual Coney Island Film Festival this weekend. Voted one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World,” the films will be viewing at Sideshows by the Seashore and the Coney Island Museum. Tickets are $8 for single showings while an all day pass will cost $12 to $15.


Cinder Block Comedy Festival

If you want some laughter with intriguing commentary, look no further than the Cinder Block Comedy Festival taking place this weekend at various venues in Williamsburg and Bushwick. The aim is to include a diverse array of comic from different backgrounds and experiences. Comedian Janeane Garofalo is headlining, and tickets for most of the shows are $5 to $15.


Pig Island

Pig Island takes place in Red Hook, Brooklyn on Saturday and will feature more than 25 chefs creating the funkiest dishes from the best locally sourced hogs. There will also be a selection of NY craft beer to wash all that swine down with. Tickets are $75 and include all the food and drink you can sustain.


For events to keep you going throughout the month, check out the below:

Brooklyn Book Festival

From September 11 to 17, the Brooklyn Book Festival is one of the largest free literary events in New York City. The festival will present a large array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors, along with a ton of cool events, including a festival day and literary marketplace. This is a great spot to take up some new books for those long subway commutes.

What do you love most about books? 📚💙

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NY Renaissance Faire

Escape from the city this weekend to Tuxedo Park, New York, where you can go back in time to a bygone era of knights and fantasy. Chow down on a large turkey leg and drink up some mead while you figure out which of your friends would actually be the joker of the castle. Tickets are $25 and ends October 1.

Time Traveler's Weekend!

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New Restaurant Openings/Art to Check Out:

10th Annual Governor’s Island Art Fair

The Governor’s Island Art Fair will take place every weekend until October 1, and will feature 100 new and returning artists presented in the old historic homes of Colonel’s Row. Admission is free and only a short ferry ride away.


ASICS Interactive Cloud Wall Installation

To celebrate the launch of the new ASICS Kenun Cloud shoe, they are hosting a free interactive installation, which is taking place at 63 Greene St. until September 30. The wall lights up and changes colors when you walk in front of it, which is perfect for some instagram photo ops.


Safari Harlem

New York’s first and only Somali restaurant is something to be proud of, and the menu doesn’t disappoint for those willing to expand their palates. Head to Harlmen to try out Sambusas, which are fried pastry triangles filled with beef, chicken, or vegetables and served with a green sauce called bizbaz. The most Somali popular dish and a must try is the goat, which lies atop basmati rice and dissolve peacefully into your stomach.