Sacred Splendor: Rare Judaica
Sotheby’s is auctioning rare Judaica objects from the Arthur and Gitel Marx Collection, and you can see these beautiful objects for FREE in the days leading up to the auction.
There are some 300 items, or lots, in the auction – comprising Judaica books and manuscripts, paintings and metalwork from the 15th through 20th centuries, from around the world, including from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, touch every aspect of secular and religious Jewish life.
- FREE Opens Nov. 17, auction on Nov. 20,
- 1334 York Ave., sothebys.com.
The annual Holiday Fair returns for five weeks of indoor shopping under the beautiful Beaux Arts architecture and chandeliers in the warmth of Vanderbilt Hall.
Artisans will sell a diverse mix of items, including men’s and women’s accessories, pet products, photography, clothing, holiday ornaments, bath and body items, products for the home, and other locally made and handcrafted goods across 40 booths. Seven new vendors will be joining this year, including jewelry brands Ela Rae, Elke Van Dyke Design, and PlayHardLookDope, as well as handblown glassware from Swoon Living by Patrick Fitzpatrick, Edie Art, ornament brand JingleNog, and tie company Bird Dog Bay.
The Fair is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 8pm, Saturdays from 10am to 7pm, and Sundays from 11am to 6pm.
- Nov. 18 through Dec. 4, Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal
- For additional details, visit the website.
Every holiday season, the New York Transit Museum’s Grand Central Gallery plays host to a city within a city with the display of a miniature electric railroad running over, through, and beneath some of New York’s most magnificent landmarks.
Celebrating its 18th year of operation in 2019/2020, this beloved annual holiday exhibit features model trains traveling along a 34’ long, two-level, “O” gauge model train layout.
Departing from a miniature replica of Grand Central Terminal, the Transit Museum’s collection of Lionel trains including Metro-North, Polar Express, and vintage subway train sets will dazzle the eyes of children and adults alike as they make their way past New York landmarks and on to the North Pole.
Because everybody loves trains.
- November 21, 2019–February 23, 2020
Attend a lecture that will leave you laughing, with the two authors of a new book that brings irreverent humor to all things Jewish, from the Oslo Accords to Barbara Streisand to the meaning of happiness (hint: it’s latkes), all of it celebrating the diverse and unique tidbits that make up modern Jewish life.
You don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate the humor of the encyclopedia’s authors, Stephanie Butnick and Liel Leibovitz, who also host the Jewish podcast Unorthodox.
- 7pm on November 21
- Ticket Info: $15 general; $12 seniors; $10 CJH/Partner members, students at encyclopedia.bpt.me
- Authors selling and signing books after the talk
- Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th St.
- Leaf Fest at Madison Square Park
Spend the afternoon with the Mad. Sq. Park team to rake, collect, and bag leaves throughout the Park. It’s great exercise for grown-ups and great fun for kids – as well as being a great learning experience about cleaning up after yourself, recycling, and the science of changing seasons.
- 11am to 2pm on Saturday, Nov 23 at Madison Square Park
- The rain date for this program is the following day, Sunday, Nov. 24
Origami Holiday Tree
An annual Museum tradition, the delightfully decorated Origami Holiday Tree and two merrily lit 19-foot Holiday Barosaurs welcome visitors throughout the holiday season.
The theme of this year’s 13-foot tree is T. rex and Friends: History in the Making, with models inspired by the Museum’s special exhibition T. rex: The Ultimate Predator, which celebrates the world’s most famous dinosaur species, first discovered, named, and exhibited to the public by the Museum. In honor of the Museum’s 150th anniversary, the Origami Holiday Tree includes more than 150 origami models of theropod dinosaurs, including T. rex, as well as models of other Museum icons like the blue whale.
Volunteers, including local, national, and international origami artists, fold year-round, contributing to a collection of more than1,000 models that will be displayed on the tree. Each year the 13-foot-tree features a different theme relating to the Museum’s special exhibitions or to its collections, which include more than 34 million artifacts and specimens.
Past themes have included Oceans of Origami; Unfolding the Senses; Mighty and Microscopic Life; Origami Night at the Museum; Wicked, Wild, and Wonderful; Fantastic Creatures: Mythic and Real; Origami in Flight; Origami A to Z; and Origami Safari. During the holiday season, volunteers will be on hand to teach visitors of all ages origami, the art of paper folding.
The two Holiday Barosaurs, which greet visitors to the Museum on the front steps throughout the holiday season, are made of openwork stainless steel and festooned with pine boughs and lights. Illuminated at night, the whimsical dinosaurs flank the Museum’s Central Park West staircase and echo the Barosaurus mount in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda.
The Origami Holiday Tree is located in the Grand Gallery.
The Holiday Barosaurs are located outside the Museum’s main entrance on Central Park West at 79th Street.
- FREE to view, at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
- Nov. 25 to Jan. 12, 2020
Avoid “Black Friday” busyness! Join us for a community meditation focused on gratitude and clearing your mind of holiday clutter. Get inspired by the outdoors and the peace and tranquility that nature evokes, and learn how to work loving kindness into daily life. Led by Neem Dewji of Yoga for Bliss.
Please bring a meditation cushion and be on time; latecomers will not be admitted.
- Free with admission to the grounds, 11am to Noon on Friday, Nov. 29.
- Wave Hill House, Bronx
Note, we’ll be adding more holiday decorations and tree lighting ceremonies as we receive them.