Celebrate Autumn in Coney Island with Fall Friendly Activities

by NYJ Team


BROOKLYN, NY, September 26, 2018 —  The summer may be behind us but the fun isn’t stopping in Coney Island. With a line-up of fall friendly activities, visitors can still enjoy a variety of events and attractions in the famed amusement district.

From September 26th to September 30th, Celebrate Chol Hammoed Sukkot at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. Enjoy over 20 rides including the world famous Wonder Wheel and over 16 kiddie rides. The park will have a Sukkah located inside the boardwalk entrance of the park and offer guests a variety of Kosher food, desserts and beverages for purchase. Luna Park will also be open to the public on September 26th and 27th and all weekend long from 11-7pm.

One of Spotify’s most listened to playlists is coming to Brooklyn. On September 29th, Chance the Rapper will headline the RapCaviar Live Tour with support from up and coming artists like Sheck Wes, Tierra Whack and DJ Spin King at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk. Tickets are still on sale at Livenation.com

Halloween Harvest returns to Coney Island starting Saturday, September 29th and every weekend from 12-6pm until October 28th. Halloween Harvest at Luna Park offers guests many great fall activities without having to leave NYC. From picking your own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, face painting, arts and crafts and this year’s new addition – Tillie’s Tractor Race where children get to race mini tractors through a hay racetrack. Visit LunaParkNYC.com for a full line up of weekly entertainment.

On September 30th, visitors to the Coney Island Brewery can drink and shop from the comfort of their outdoor beer garden. From 12pm-6pm the Community Market will feature local jewelers, artisans, tarot card readers and more.

On Sunday, October 14th, the dogs get to have some “HOWL-oween” fun too! Luna Park will be hosting the annual Halloween Dog Parade and Costume Contest at 11am. Get your pups ready for their chance to win some great prizes. Entrance to the event is free, but you must register your pup at lunaparknyc.com.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from October 14th to October 28th Coney Island USA will deliver an experience not for the faint of heart. Guests will take a self guided tour through the Kensington family house for a 4D experience where you will experience sights, sounds and smells that will leave you afraid of the dark. Open to ages 14 and over only, See if you are brave enough to walk through The Rooms. For hours of operation and ticket pricing, visit www.coneyisland.com.

Coney Island is going pink on October 21st for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Brooklyn. Starting at 10am, walkers can enjoy some pre-event festivities inside MCU Park. Each year, the breast cancer walk is an opportunity to unite communities to honor breast cancer survivors and help raise funds to find a cure.

Rounding out the Halloween Festivities is the 9th Annual Children’s Halloween Parade and Costume Contest on Saturday October 27th.  From 11am-2pm, the Alliance for Coney Island will host this free family-friendly event inside MCU Stadium where guests can enjoy a day of games, magic shows, bounce houses, face painting, caricature art, trick-or-treating and more. The official Coney Island Costume Contest will include categories of Most Creative, Funniest, Best Handmade, Best Group and Best Overall Costumes. The first 1,500 children will also receive a trick-or-treat bag full of goodies and a 2-hr wristband to Luna Park. The event is open to all children 14 years of age and younger in costume accompanied by an adult.

In addition to all the fun events this September & October, Coney Island businesses are open and ready for you! Shop at Lola Star, Brooklyn Beach Shop, Coney Island Beach Shop and Surf & Stillwell for any holiday gifts or souvenirs. All eateries are open and serving delicious meals and treats including Applebee’s Grill & Bar, Coney’s Cones, Coney Island Brewery, Gargiulo’s Restaurant, Kitchen 21, Nathan’s Famous, Paul’s Daughter, Ruby’s, Tom’s Coney Island, and Williams Candy.

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The not-for-profit Alliance for Coney Island, Inc. is a private-public partnership dedicated to continuing the year-round revitalization of Coney Island. The Alliance represents local businesses, nonprofits, and the community, with support from the New York City Council, the Brooklyn Borough President and New York City Economic Development Corporation. More info at www.AllianceforConeyIsland.org.

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The Frick Collection | Premier Painting, Sculpture & Decorative Art Museum

by NYJ Team

Some of the most outstanding art galleries are located in New York City and The Frick Collection is no exception. This small art museum is the legacy of Henry Clay Frick, a coke and steel magnate who used the fortune he gained at the turn of the 20th century to amass a stunning collection of European artwork. These masterpieces were housed in his private Fifth Avenue mansion that dates back to 1914.

When Frick died in 1919, he bequeathed his home, the furnishings and his masterpieces to establish an art gallery for the public, with the goal of encouraging the appreciation for fine arts. Today this beautiful and well preserved French-style mansion houses The Frick Collection, an outstanding collection of Western paintings, sculptures and furnishings displayed within 16 galleries. The permanent collection features celebrated works by many Old Masters acquired by Henry Clay Frick, as well as several more major pieces added to the collection by Frick’s daughter Helen Clay Frick who expanded the museum extensively after her father passed away.

The Frick Collection, which originally housed 131 paintings, has now grown to showcase a collection of more than 1100 works of art which span from the Renaissance era to the late nineteenth century. The Frick Art Reference Library, founded in 1920, is renowned for its extensive auction and exhibition catalogues.

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A Showcase of Greats from El Greco to Goya

The Frick Collection includes renowned paintings by revered and important European artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Thomas Gainsborough, Titian and Francisco Goya. Art lovers can take in incredible works such as Italian Renaissance painter Giovanni Bellini’s St. Francis in Ecstasy, Piero della Francesca’s St. John the Evangelist and Diego Velázquez’s portrait of King Philip IV. An entire room is dedicated to French painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s sensual, sweeping series of large wall paintings The Progress of Love. Masters like El Greco, Degas and Johannes Vermeer, whose painting Mistress and Maid is the last one purchased by Frick, are just some of the artists whose works are showcased in the museum.

In addition to the stunning paintings by some of the world’s greatest artists, the museum’s permanent collection of artwork also features important sculptures (including a collection of world-renowned small bronzes) 18th century fine French furniture, works on paper, carpets, porcelains, enamels, clocks, textiles and other fine quality pieces.

Special temporary exhibitions take place each year at the museum, showcasing additional works to the museum’s permanent collection. Visitors can search The Frick Collection’s online database of the museum’s permanent pieces, which also provides weekly updated information on which artwork is currently on display, as not all pieces are on view all the time.

Fifth Avenue Splendid

Henry Clay Frick commissioned architects Carrère & Hastings to build his mansion in 1910 after purchasing a site at Fifth Avenue and East 70th Street. Construction of the property took place between 1913 and 1914, and the wealthy industrialist spent $5,000,000 on his home. By the time it was finished, the luxurious mansion spanned an entire city block.

Visitors to The Frick Collection will not only enjoy a rich visual display of artwork but they will also experience what an early 20th century Fifth Avenue mansion was like. This opulent residence features a fountain under an airy skylight in an enclosed courtyard, and the exterior is surrounded by picturesque private gardens and magnolia trees. This carefully preserved residence is decorated with 18th century French furniture, striking Italian bronzes and delicate Chinese porcelain vases, offering a beautiful, intimate and idyllic setting to admire this art exhibit.

In addition to his passion for art, Henry Clay Frick was also an ardent music lover and museum hosts a busy schedule of classical concert performances.

Visiting The Frick Collection in New York City

The Frick Collection is located within the Henry Clay Frick House on 1 East 70th Street at Fifth Avenue, next to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For entrance fees, hours or more information on upcoming exhibitions call 212-288-0700 or visit the museum’s official website. The Frick Art Reference Library is located around the corner from The Frick Collection at 10 East 71st Street, between Madison and Fifth Avenues.

Location: at 1 East 70th Street at Fifth Avenue, New York City, New York
Phone: 212-288-0700

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The Noguchi Museum – by the celebrated Japanese American sculptor

by NYJ Team

This New York art museum was founded in 1985 by the celebrated Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). Located in the Long Island City area of Queens, the two-story Noguchi Museum spans 24,000 square-feet and houses the many works of this influential artist including his sculptures, furniture and interior designs as well as drawings and architectural models.

The Building and Sculpture Garden

The Noguchi Museum is the perfect place to visit if you are seeking serenity in hectic New York. Housed within a converted factory building, Noguchi’s works are showcased in thirteen galleries and in the outdoor sculpture garden which the museum surrounds. The stark industrial space of this former photo-engraving plant offers a dramatic backdrop for Noguchi’s works. An extensive renovation in 2004 revamped the temperature control of the building, allowing it to stay open year-round. The Noguchi Museum also features an education center as well as a museum shop and cafe.

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Works on Display

The Noguchi Museum’s permanent collection features a stunning selection of his sculptures in a variety of materials including metal, clay, wood and stone. Visitors will experience a broad range of works from light sculptures to portrait heads to Italian marbles, as well as a selection of theatre sets, drawings, models for public works and gardens and architectural designs. The Noguchi Museum (which works together with the Isamu Noguchi Foundation in Japan) also hosts a program of visiting exhibitions and loans out works to other galleries for special shows.

Interior Design

Renowned for his creative use of space and desire to make sculpture relevant in day to day life, The Noguchi Museum also houses a special gallery dedicated to showcasing the artist’s work in furniture and interior design. Noguchi designed his first table in the 1930’s, which was commissioned by the then-president of the Museum of Modern Art for his home. The artist went on to develop many innovative furniture designs and contemporary interiors in the 1940’s. Visitors to the museum may be surprised at the several design pieces they are familiar with.

About the Artist

Isamu Noguchi was devoted to making sculpture a relevant and useful part of our world, not just static objects to be admired in galleries. He designed several sculpture gardens and children’s playgrounds in his biomorphic style of design which focuses on the power of natural life. Noguchi’s sculptures, gardens and playgrounds are points of interest in many cities in the U.S. and around the world including the Japanese Garden at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the infamous Red Cube which stands outside the HSBC Building in Manhattan and children’s playgrounds in Atlanta, Georgia and Yokohama, Japan.

Education at the Noguchi Museum

Family programs are available at the museum including Open Studio (see website for dates and times), where families with children under 11 can explore the galleries and then create their own art with the help of museum educators. Families can drop in for Open Studio; no advance registration is required. The museum also offers an Art for Families program (families with children aged 5-11) and Art for Tots (families with children 2-4).

Visiting The Noguchi Museum

The Noguchi Museum is located at 9-01 33rd Road (between Vernon Boulevard and 10th Street) in Long Island City, New York. A gift store and café are located on-site.

Location: at 9-01 33rd Rd (between Vernon Boulevard and 10th St) in Long Island City, New York
Phone: 718-204-7088
E-mail: info@noguchi.org

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