There are lots of things to celebrate in NYC in October besides Halloween. As always, nothing on the NYC on the Cheap list is over $25, although we do make occasional exceptions for charity fund-raisers that benefit NYC parks or support NYC poor and needy, and special theater ticketing.
Here are our choices for the best of the month of October.
1998 Throwback Prices – Grand Central Terminal is celebrating 20 years of shopping and dining under its iconic roof with 1998 prices at select shops and restaurants, and the opening of an exhibit of historical photos.
The photo installation, “Details & Light: Historical Photographs of Grand Central Terminal” will be on display at Café Grumpy through Oct. 15, highlighting the terminal’s reconstruction 20 years ago, turning GCT into what we know today as a world-class transportation hub with an iconic constellation ceiling, marble staircases and a dynamic downstairs food court.
The 1998 pricing is one day only, October 1st. There also will be live music, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., by MTA Music, which will cover 90s music, and giveaways such as special edition Grand Central-themed Rubik’s Cubes, which were popular in the 80s and 90s. , will be distributed around the terminal.
Participating restaurants and shops include Grand Central Oyster Bar, Doughnut Plant, The Campbell, Café Grumpy, and Li-Lac Chocolates, are selling items priced at what they would have been in 1998, which is close to a 35-percent discount. Click here for a full list of 1998 pricing.
Suspended for three days in October.
Click here to find out which ones, and for the rest of 2018.
Oktoberfest in NYC
Atlantic Avenue Pulse of Brooklyn – A two-week event of shopping and dining discounts at the merchants of Atlantic Avenue, one of New York City’s greatest thoroughfares. Participating merchants have a Pulse of Brooklyn logo in their stores and restaurants.
25th annual Bus Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park – See and step aboard buses from our vintage fleet, representing more than 80 years of New York City surface transit history. Enjoy special activities and photo ops, meet some of the bus drivers who help keep our city moving, and take in the view of the Manhattan skyline from our new location in Bridge Plaza underneath the Brooklyn Bridge at 11 Water Street. Ralph Kramden would be proud.
- Sunday, Oct. 7, 10am to 4pm, and FREE
Kansas City Seven: The Small Group Music of Count Basie – William “Count” Basie was a master of understatement on the piano and led one of the most durable and swinging bands in the history of jazz. His orchestra was legendary for its tight rhythm section, riff-oriented arrangements, bluesy style, gifted soloists, and propulsive 4/4 swing feel. His spare, syncopated piano playing and exquisite timing influenced generations of musicians. In this FREE program, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Justin Poindexter and pianist Chris Pattishall will lead a septet of extraordinary musicians, exploring some of
Basie’s rarely heard small group pieces.
- This program is specially designed for individuals with dementia and their caregivers.
- Monday, Oct. 15 at 1pm, at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse,165 West 65th Street, 10th Floor
- Seating is limited and registration is required. Contact [email protected] or 212.875.5375.
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month in NYC in October
Brooklyn Museum Target First Saturday – FREE admission for the Afro-Cuban ensenble El Septeto Santiaguero, a salsa party and a tour of the exhibition of Cecilia Vicuna: Disappeared Quipu. 5pm to 10pm.
Panamanian Day Parade – First a parade, followed by a street party, both celebrating the food, music and culture of Panama. Floats and marching bands, of course at the parade, and food, crafts and more music at the street fair. Saturday, Oct. 6th 10am to 7pm. Parade is from Bergen Street and Franklin Ave. to Classon Ave. and Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights.
Dominican Festival – This is the second annual Dominican Festival, a street fair with food, music, games and more. Noon to 7pm on Sunday, Oct. 7th at Flushing Medows-Corona Park.
54th Annual Hispanic Day Parade – Normally held the Sunday before Columbus Day, this year it’s happening on Columbus Weekend. One of the largest, most colorful and most musical parades in NYC, this celebrates all the diverse cultures of the Caribbean, South America and Spain. More than one million people are expected to watch the parade, on Fifth Ave. from 44th to 72nd Streets. Noon to 5pm, Sunday, Oct. 14.
Bryant Park is for the Birds – FREE guided fall birding tours help you spot some of the 120 species of birds which have been spotted here, some permanent residents, others just visiting on their way south in the fall. Tours are twice a week, Monday and Thursday, through mid-October.