Top Ten Things To Do In September


Broadway on the Boardwalk 

Megan Hilty, Jason Robert Brown and more headline The Great Elsie Fest

On Labor Day, Monday 9/5, some of New York’s best-known stars of stage and screen will converge on Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island for The Great Elsie Fest, a “musical extravaganza” that showcases the inimitable talent of the five boroughs. The day-long concert kicks off at 1 p.m., with tickets starting at just $60 for a line- up that includes Darren Criss, Tituss Burgess, Lena Hall and many, many more. It’s a perfect farewell to summer and a sweet start to fall, all in one. (3052 W. 21st St. at the Boardwalk)

Wild Blue Yonder
Avatar-inspired Cirque du Soleil: Toruk comes to Barclays Center

In 2009, James Cameron’s Avatar immersed audiences in the captivating, 3-D world of Pandora, home to the Na’vi, and from 9/7-9/11, visitors to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center will dive even deeper with Toruk: The First Flight. This family-friendly performance combines world- class costumes, sets, and make-up with the performance artistry that has made Cirque du Soleil one of the best-known names in stagecraft; for just $40 and up, ticket holders will travel to a faraway world and leave the constraints of time – and gravity – behind. (620 Atlantic Ave. at Flatbush Ave.)

Ginger Spice
Flame-haired comic Louis C.K. comes to The Garden

Fresh off of the success of this summer’s The Secret Life of Pets, comic Louis C.K. is back in New York at “The World’s Most Famous Arena” on 9/8, 9/12, and 9/15. Fans can expect decidedly more adult humor than the puppy jokes from his summer blockbuster, all delivered in his signature self- deprecating style. Tickets start at $30, and with 18,000+ seats in the house, this is sure to be one of the comedian’s biggest shows of all time, drawing from his more than 20 years of experience in stand-up. (4 Pennsylvania Plaza at Eighth Ave.)

Cover Girls
New York Fashion Week returns for fall

From 9/8-9/15, your model-spotting probability goes through the roof during New York Fashion Week, a semi-annual gathering of the bold-faced and the beautiful to debut the following season’s collections. From Badgley Mischka to Betsey Johnson, Marchesa to Monique Lhuillier, anyone who’s anyone shows at Fashion Week, darling, and while a coveted front row seat can be tough to come by unless your last name is Kardashian or Wintour, with shows at three venues across the West Side, surely you can slip past the velvet rope and see what’s new and what’s next. (various locations; nyfw.com/venues)

Fashion Week – September 8-15

Fashion Week – September 8-15

Never Forget
15 years later, the annual Tribute in Light still shines

Since September 11, 2002, lower Manhattan has been illuminated annually in remembrance of
the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers. 88 bulbs, with 7,000 watts apiece, cluster within two 48-foot squares echoing the footprints of the towers; in the darkest hours of the night, the beams reach four miles into the sky and can be seen from up to 60 miles away, creating a moving memorial that transcends time and space. Visible from virtually anywhere in New York, the Tribute in Light today takes its place beside the new One World Trade, beautifully positioning re ection and reverence alongside renewal. (Lower Manhattan)

Holy Canoli!
The Feast of San Gennaro feeds Little Italy – and then some

For anyone whose Italian nonna ever urged them to “Mangia! Mangia!”: the annual Feast of San Gennaro takes over Little Italy from 9/15-9/25. Vendors line the streets of the historic neighborhood, selling all the cannolis, sausages, and braciole you can eat. There’s also a festival stage, with live music from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. daily, and on September 19, the offcial Saint Day features a celebratory Mass at Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood, followed by a religious procession carrying the Statue of San Gennaro from the church out into the streets of Little Italy. (Mulberry St. between Canal and Houston Sts.)

Keep On Truckin’
The Vendy Awards honor NYC’s nest street food

When Mario Batali refers to your event as “the Oscars of street food for real New Yorkers,” it’s best to bring an appe-tite. You’ll need it on 9/17 at the annual Vendy Awards, as a team of distinguished judges score finalists and present the coveted “Vendy Cup” to the winners; attendees will vote on the People’s Choice Award, and tickets include all-you- can-eat access to the event. Viral sensation Raindrop Cake will face off against Sweetface Snoballs, and you just know you’re going to want to be there. (Governors Island)

Pinball Wizard
Make Ms. Pacman proud at Arcade Classics: Video Games from the Collection

Through 9/18, video game buffs will find paradise by the arcade light at the Museum of the Moving Image: their collection of classic video games, from 1971’s Computer Space and including 30 more fully playable offerings, is on display and ready for able fingers. You’ll receive four tokens with museum admission, good for everything from Atari Football to Mortal Kombat to Q*Bert, and can purchase more throughout your visit at four for $1. It’s the ultimate Throwback Thursday, any day of the week. (36-01 35th Ave. at 36th St., Queens)

Giddyup! 
The Rolex Central Park Horse Show trots into town

The Rolex Central Park Horse Show reaches prime thoroughbred racing age this year: its third iteration will take place from 9/21-9/25, bringing gifted equestrians together for one of the premier events of their sporting year. Central Park’s Wollman Rink is the site of U.S. Open competitions in Show Jumping, Dressage, Hunter, and Arabian disciplines; there’s also a fun and educational Family Day for those who want to learn more about the competition. Riders compete for thousands of dollars in prizes, but Family Day is free general admission. (Wollman Rink, Central Park)

Central Park Horse Show – September 21-25

Central Park Horse Show – September 21-25

Ice, Ice, Baby
The Rangers host the Islanders at MSG

Pre-season hockey returns to Manhattan on 9/27, when two of New York’s hometown teams face off in a split-squad match. The Rangers will welcome the nearby Islanders to their home turf at The Garden, bringing a quick start to the season’s rivalry and hoping to take the lead in the Battle for Bragging Rights. And both teams are out for redemption after watching the Pittsburgh Penguins take the Stanley Cup home, so there’s sure to be some re on the ice as they both strive to bring glory back to NYC. (4 Pennsylvania Plaza at Eighth Ave.)